Blue Screen of Death errors can appear on almost any version of Windows, and Windows 10 is no exception. These errors can be sometimes hard to fix, and they tend to cause a lot of problems since they will restart your PC in order to prevent damage. Since these errors tend to cause so much trouble, today we’re going to show you how to fix BUGCODE ID DRIVER error.
How to fix BUGCODE ID DRIVER BSoD error
- Update Windows 10 and all your drivers
- Run the Hardware Troubleshooter
- Run the SFC scan
- Run DISM
- Remove / disable problematic applications
- Reset Windows 10
- Check your hardware
Steps to fix BUGCODE ID DRIVER Windows 10 error
Solution 1 – Update Windows 10 and all your drivers
Windows 10 has few minor issues with certain hardware and software, and sometimes these issues can cause Blue Screen of Death errors such as BUGCODE_ID_DRIVER to appear. Microsoft is aware of these issues, and it’s working hard to fix them, and in fact, many of these issues are fixed by using Windows Update.
New patches are being released frequently and many of these patches offer new features, security improvements and various bug fixes related to both hardware and software. If you want to prevent BSoD errors from appearing, we strongly suggest that you keep your Windows 10 up to date with latest drivers.
In addition to keeping Windows 10 up to date, it’s just as important to update your drivers. Windows 10 relies heavily on drivers in order to communicate with your hardware, therefore it’s crucial that your drivers are up to date and compatible with Windows 10.
If certain driver is buggy, or simply incompatible with your operating system, you’ll most likely get a BSoD error, therefore be sure to update all your drivers. Updating drivers is fairly simple, and you can do it right from Device Manager by following these steps:
- Press Windows Key + X to open Power User Menu. Select Device Manager from the list.
- When Device Manager opens, locate the driver that you want to update, right click it and choose Update Driver Software.
- Choose Search automatically for updated driver software and wait for Windows 10 to download and install the appropriate driver.
- Repeat these steps for all drivers that you want to update.
Using Device Manager to update your drivers is simple, but you should know that Device Manager doesn’t always download the latest drivers, and this is why many users tend to download their drivers manually.
Downloading drivers manually isn’t that hard, and in order to do that, you just need to know the model of your hardware, visit your hardware manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for it.
We have to mention that almost any device can cause BUGCODE ID DRIVER error to appear, so be sure to update all your drivers. Several users reported that downloading the latest drivers for their network adapter fixed this error, so be sure to update your network adapter drivers first. If that doesn’t work, proceed to update drivers for all other hardware components.
Update drivers automatically
Searching for drivers on your own can be time-consuming. So, we advise you to use a tool that will do this for you automatically. Using an automatic driver updater will certainly save you from the hassle of searching for drivers manually, and it will always keep your system up to date with the latest drivers.
Tweakbit’s Driver Updater (approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus) will help you update drivers automatically and prevent PC damage caused by installing the wrong driver versions. After several tests, our team concluded that this is the best-automatized solution.
Here is a quick guide on how to use it:
- Download and install TweakBit Driver Updater
- Once installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check your installed driver versions against its cloud database of the latest versions and recommend proper updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.
- Upon scan completion, you get a report on all problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once. To update one driver at a time, click the ‘Update driver’ link next to the driver name. Or simply click the ‘Update all’ button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.
Note: Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps so you will have to hit the ‘Update’ button several times until all of its components are installed.
Solution 2 – Run the Hardware Troubleshooter
Windows 10’s built-in troubleshooter can be used for addressing various issues in Windows 10. Including the BSOD errors. So, if updating your drivers didn’t resolve the problem, let’s try with this tool.
Here’s how to run Windows 10’s troubleshooter:
- Open the Settings app and go to Update & Security section.
- Select Troubleshoot from the menu on the left.
- Select BSOD from the right pane and click Run the troubleshooter.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the troubleshooter.
Solution 3 – Run the SFC scan
If Windows 10’s troubleshooter didn’t get the job done, we’re going to try with the SFC scan. This command-line tool resolves various issues within the system, and it might be helpful for dealing with BUGCODE ID DRIVER error, as well.
Here’s how to run the SFC scan in Windows 10:
- Right-click on the Start Menu button, and open Command Prompt (Admin).
- Enter the following line and press Enter: sfc/scannow
- Wait until the process is done (it may take a while).
- If the solution is found, it will automatically be applied.
- Now, close the Command Prompt and restart your computer.
Solution 4 – Run DISM
Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is a powerful tool that freshly deploys the system image. And that process can eliminate potential BSOD issues. So, if none of the previous troubleshooters resolved the issue, we can try with DISM.
We’ll walk you through both standard and the procedure that utilizes the installation media below:
- Standard way
- Right-click Start and open Command Prompt (Admin).
- Paste the following command and press Enter:
- Wait until the scan is finished.
- Restart your computer and try updating again.
- With the Windows installation media
- Insert your Windows installation media.
- Right-click the Start menu and, from the menu, choose the Command Prompt (Admin).
- In the command line, type the following commands and press Enter after each:
- dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
- dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
- Now, type the following command and press Enter:
- DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /source:WIM:X:SourcesInstall.wim:1 /LimitAccess
- Make sure to change an X value with the letter of the mounted drive with Windows 10 installation.
- After the procedure is finished, restart your computer.
Solution 5 – Remove / disable problematic applications
Many third-party applications can cause BSoD errors to appear, and in order to fix this error you’ll have to find and remove the problematic applications. Simplest way to do that is to perform a Clean boot by following these steps:
- Press Windows Key + R to open Run dialog. Enter msconfig and press Enter or click OK.
- When System Configuration window opens, select Selective startup and uncheck Load startup items.
- Go to Services tab and check Hide all Microsoft services. Click the Disable all button.
- Click Apply and OK to save changes.
- Now start Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard.
- When Task Manager opens go to Startup tab.
- Right click each item on the list and select Disable from the menu.
- After you disable all startup applications close Task Manager and restart your computer.
When your computer restarts, check if the error appears again. If there’s no BSoD error, it means that one of the disabled applications or services was causing it.
To find the problematic service or application you’ll have to repeat the same steps and enable services and applications one by one until you find the one that is causing this problem.
Solution 6 – Reset Windows 10
Since Windows 10 reset is similar to clean install, it’s highly advised that you back up your important files since this procedure will delete all files from your C drive. To perform Windows 10 reset, do the following:
- Restart your computer few times while it boots to start Automatic Repair. You can also do that by holding the Shift key and clicking the Restart button.
- Choose Troubleshoot > Reset this PC > Remove everything. During this step you might be asked to insert Windows 10 installation media, so be ready to do that.
- Choose Only the drive where Windows is installed > Just remove my files.
- Click Reset to start the Windows 10 reset and follow the instructions.
After you’re done, you should have clean installation of Windows 10, without any third-party software. If the error appears again, it means that it’s caused by your hardware.
Solution 7 – Check your hardware
Blue Screen of Death errors such as BUGCODE ID DRIVER are often caused by your hardware, most commonly RAM, so be sure to test your RAM modules one by one until you find the faulty one. If your RAM is working, be sure to check other hardware components.
Few users reported that this issue was caused by overheating, so we advise you to clean your computer case using the pressurized air can. Dust can fill your CPU or GPU fan, and that can increase the temperature of your PC and cause your system to crash, so be sure that your computer is clean from dust.
BUGCODE_ID_DRIVER Blue Screen of Death error can be a major problem, but you can usually fix this error by updating the necessary drivers or by cleaning your computer from dust.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.