Fix Kernel Auto Boost Lock Acquisition With Raised IRQL

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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  • There are two possible causes for this error, one is your Bluetooth device and the other is your wireless adapter. To fix this, you might have to enter Safe Mode using the Advanced Startup if you can’t access Windows 10.
  • To enter Advanced Startup you need to go to the Start menu and restart your computer from there, just remember to hold the Shift key on your keyboard when you click Restart.
  • We have a special section dedicated to Troubleshooting BSoD errors. Bookmark it because it can be a lifesaver in these delicate moments.
  • We wrote plenty of articles about these problems so find them in our Windows 10 errors hub.
Kernel Auto Boost Lock Acquisition With Raised IRQL

Many Windows users have already switched to Windows 10, and although most of them are pleased with it, some are experiencing errors.

One of the errors that some users have reported is the BSOD Kernel auto boost lock acquisition with raised irql error, and today we’re going to show you how to fix it.


How can I fix BSOD Caused by Kernel Auto Boost Lock Acquisition With Raised IRQL in Windows 10?

  1. Disable your wireless adapter
  2. Disconnect your Bluetooth devices
  3. Remove DNAS device from your system
  4. Check your disk for errors
  5. Update BIOS
  6. Disconnect your external hard drive

There are two possible causes for this error, one is your Bluetooth device and the other is your wireless adapter, so let’s see if we can fix this problem.

To fix this, you might have to enter Safe Mode using the Advanced Startup if you can’t access Windows 10.

To enter Advanced Startup you need to go to the Start menu and restart your computer from there, just remember to hold the Shift key on your keyboard when you click Restart.

If you cannot access Windows at all you might want to try pressing F8 or Shift + F8 during the boot, but this might not work.

The last solution is to wait before your computer restarts a few times before the option to select Advanced Startup shows.

When you enter Advanced Startup go to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options and then go to Startup Settings. This will allow you to enter Safe Mode. When you enter Safe Mode try one of these solutions.

Solution 1 – Disable your wireless adapter

To do so follow these instructions:

  1. Go to Device Manager. You can do so by pressing Windows Key + X and choosing Device Manager from the menu.
  2. In Device Manager locate your wireless adapter, right-click it and disable it.
  3. Try and see if the issue is resolved.

If this works for you, you might have to use Ethernet connection instead of wireless.

In addition, you might want to remove your wireless adapter if you know how to do it and if your computer isn’t under warranty, or temporarily use a different wireless adapter.

This isn’t necessary, and in most cases disabling the adapter should do the trick. As far as we know Atheros AR928X Wireless network adaptor is causing the issues, but other models might have an issue as well.


Some users also advise to uninstall your Wireless adapter drivers and allow Windows 10 to find them on its own.

To uninstall drivers do the following:

  1. Open Device Manager and locate your wireless adapter.
  2. Right click it and choose Uninstall.
  3. Check Delete the driver software for this device and click OK.
  4. After you restart your computer Windows 10 should install the default drivers on its own.

Solution 2 – Disconnect your Bluetooth devices

Before turning on your computer make sure that you disconnect all Bluetooth devices from your computer.

If the problem still persists, you can try uninstalling and disabling the Bluetooth driver in a similar way as we mentioned in the previous solution.

Speaking of Bluetooth drivers, if you have any problems with Bluetooth on Windows 10, you can check out our article about that.

Solution 3 – Remove DNAS device from your system

According to users, Ximeta won’t develop new drivers so your best solution is to remove DNAS device from your system. After doing that the BSOD error should go away.

As you can see, this issue is annoying but we expect Microsoft to fix it with the latest Windows 10 patch, so make sure that you keep your Windows 10 up to date with the latest patches.

Solution 4 – Check your disk for errors

The quickest way to check your disk for errors on Windows 10 is by using Command Prompt.

Go to Start, launch Command Prompt as administrator, type the chkdsk C: /f command and then hit Enter. Replace C with the letter of your hard drive partition. As you can see in the screenshot below, I replaced C with D.

Keep in mind that if you do not use the /f parameter, chkdsk displays a message that files needs to be fixed, but it does not fix any errors. The chkdsk D: /f command detects and repairs logical issues affecting your drive.

Solution 5 – Update BIOS

Some users confirmed that they fixed this ugly BSOD error by updating their BIOS. This is a powerful solution that can fix compatibility issues, boost your system’s performance, and more.

However, it can also make your computer completely unusable if you do it the wrong way, so proceed carefully.

If you don’t feel conformable doing this, it’s best to simply go to the next solution or ask for a specialist’s help.

For more information on how to update BIOS, go to your computer manufacturer’s website.

Solution 6 – Disconnect your external hard drive

If you use an external hard drive, try disconnecting it from your computer as this simple action may fix the problem for you.

That would be all if you have any questions or comments, or you maybe have some other solution for this problem, just reach for the comment section below.

If you still need help concerning a particular BSOD issue, tell us more about the problem that you’re experiencing and we’ll try to find a solution as soon as possible.

FAQ: Read more about Kernel Auto Boost Lock Acquisition With Raised IRQL

  • What is Kernel Auto Boost Lock Acquisition With Raised IRQL?

The Kernel Auto Boost Lock Acquisition With Raised IRQL is a BSoD error that might be caused by your Bluetooth device or your wireless adapter.

  • How can I fix the Kernel Auto Boost Lock Acquisition With Raised IRQL error?

First, try to disable your wireless adapter and then disconnect your Bluetooth devices. If that doesn’t work, read our full guide on how to fix this issue.

  • What is the kernel of an OS?
kernel is the most important part of an operating system. That’s because its role is to manage the operations of the computer and the hardware, for instance, the memory and CPU time.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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  • and what kind of stupid solution is to disable the wireless adapter and use ethernet? are you completely stupid? seriously. I wonder how come you didn’t put the 4th solution: close you PC and use a Mac.

  • I had this problem too. I noticed my problem triggered by touching the touch pad. Fortunately I have a touch screen laptop and able to uninstall the touch pad driver. Fixed it and installed a proper driver.

  • I had this error, followed all the steps but in eventually happened again, I have an alienware 17.3 inch and realised it was happening everytime my hand brushed the touchpad (I use a mouse but hand sometimes rests / brushes against the mouse pad).

    deleted and let windows reinstall the drivers. works perfectly now, basically this can mean a chipset error, so you might have to search for what specifically starts it.

  • HI, I have this error, but after following the steps in this article, it won’t let us into safe mode even. What now? :-/

  • I’m also getting the same error
    when I searched on web about my ‘Atheros AR5007EG Wireless Adapter’ it said that it doesn’t support windows 10, it supports till Windows 8

  • I was getting this error after adding a new Insignia BT adapter and a pair of Skullcandy BT headphones to my system. Any time I would turn off my headphones without unpairing them, as soon as I powered them back on I’d get the BSOD with the Kernel Acquisition error. I also had a very poor connection, particularly when using Netflix. There was some sort of delay, and when it cut out, the words would no longer match up with the mouths. Additionally, I’d occasionally have a random BSOD when the BT adapter spontaneously lost connection with my headphones. I got used to unpairing the headphones before powering them down to avoid the BSOD from that, but when it randomly disconnected, I had no control over that. Also, the connection was rather irritating.

    This worked for me:

    Go to Device Manager, uninstall Bluetooth driver and delete driver files. Reboot PC. PC will automatically install its own drivers. I had to do this twice because it wouldn’t pair with anything the first time, but now it appears to have resolved my problem.

    I no longer get a blue screen if I turn my headphones off without unpairing them first, and my connection is actually quite impressive now. I can go into the bathroom with the door shut and still have no cutting out, when previously, I could barely go around the corner without losing connection.

    • After a few PC resets the PC should boot into recovery environment or boot from a Windows 10 Installation disc /USB Flash drive