How to fix BSODs during Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Ivan Jenic
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Installation issues are quite common not just for major updates for Windows 10, but also for regular ones. Definitely the most annoying problem you could encounter while installing the update is BSOD, which was exactly the case with some Windows 10 users.

Judging by the number of complaints, the issue with BSODs appears to bother a lot of users who tried to update their systems to the Anniversary Update. Even though the issue is quite serious, and very annoying, Microsoft still haven’t say anything about it, so users will have to find a solution on their own.

If you encountered a BSOD while trying to install the Anniversary Update, we prepared a few solutions that might actually be helpful to you, so check them out below.

How to deal with BSODs while trying to install Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Solution 1 – Turn off Antivirus/ Download a patch

We know this is a universal, basic solution for most Windows 10 problems, that actually isn’t that helpful. However, this is so far the only confirmed solution for the problem with BSODs during updating. One of the most popular antivirus software out there, Avast Antivirus actually causes BSODs for those who try to install the Anniversary Update.

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But unlike Microsoft, Avast actually acknowledged the issue, mostly because the high number of complaints on its forums, and it released a fixing update for this problem. So, what you need to do is to uninstall Avast Antivirus (if you’re not able to uninstall it normally, download Avastclear), update your computer to the version 1607, and than install Avast once again, but make sure you download the latest, updated version.

Even if you’re not using Avast, but still receive BSODs while trying to update your computer, do the same thing with your current antivirus software. However, if uninstalling your antivirus didn’t solve the problem, check out some of the solutions below.

Solution 2 – Run the SFC scanner

SFC scanner is Windows 10’s own diagnostic tool which is usually recommended when users face various system problems, so it could be helpful in this case, as well. To run the SFC scanner, do the following:

  1. Enter the following command and press Enter:
  2. Right-click on the Start Menu button, and choose Command Prompt (Admin)
    • sfc/scannowanniversary update sfc scan
  3. Wait for the process to finish (it may take a while, because it will scan your whole system for errors)
  4. Restart your computer

However, we must say that this tool isn’t always helpful, and there’s a chance it won’t solve your problem at all. But it won’t hurt if you run it, and you might actually get positively surprised by the outcome.

Solution 3 – Uninstall other troublesome software

This solution is similar to the Solution 1, but instead of uninstalling just your antivirus program, it requires you to find and uninstall other programs that might actually cause the problem. We can’t surely tell you which are these programs, because it depends on what you have installed on your computer, but the practice has shown us that these programs are usually Asus’ software, Daemon Tools, Alcohol, and more.

So, scan deeply your list list of installed programs, determine which one might cause the issue, and uninstall it. After that, try to install the Anniversary Update, and if it still fails, try some of the solutions below.

Solution 4 – Disable Bluetooth devices

In previous versions of Windows 10, Bluetooth devices usually caused this problem to users. So, that could also be the case with the Anniversary Update, as well. To find out how to deal with BSODs in Windows 10, caused by Bluetooth devices, check out our article about ‘Kernel Auto Boost Lock Acquisition With Raised IRQL’.

Solution 5 – Update your drivers

Although drivers are probably not the cause of this problem, it won’t hurt if you make sure all your drivers are update. Actually, the problem can only occur if some of your drivers is not compatible with the Anniversary Update, and prevents it from installing.

So, go to the Device Manager, make sure all your drivers are up to date, and update every driver that needs it. We also recommend this third-party tool (100% safe and tested by us) to automatically download all the outdated drivers on your PC.

Solution 6 – Install the Anniversary Update manually

If none of the solutions listed above helped you to deal with BSODs during the Windows 10 Anniversary Update installing process, perhaps the best solution is to perform a clean install, or install the update manually.

Microsoft released ISO files on the same day it started rolling out the Anniversary Update, so you won’t have any problems creating a bootable media with the Anniversary Update. If you’re not sure how to manually install the Anniversary Update on your computer, we have an article that might help.

That should be all, as we said at the beginning of the article, most of BSOD problems are caused by Avast antivirus, to users who have this software installed. However, even if you don’t have Avast installed on your computer, other solutions might solve the problem, all depending on your situation, and cause of the problem.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please let us know in the comments below.