System errors, such as ERROR_OFFSET_ALIGNMENT_VIOLATION, can occur on almost any operating system and Windows 10 is no exception. This error also comes with The command specified a data offset that does not align to the device’s granularity/alignment message, and today we’re going to show you how to fix it.
How to fix ERROR_OFFSET_ALIGNMENT_VIOLATION?
Fix – ERROR_OFFSET_ALIGNMENT_VIOLATION
Solution 1 – Check your antivirus
Common cause for system errors can be your antivirus software. Third-party antivirus tools can sometimes interfere with your system causing this and other errors to appear. To fix the problem, it’s recommended to check your antivirus settings and disable potentially problematic features. If you can’t find the problematic feature, you can try disabling your antivirus entirely.
If disabling the antivirus solves the problem, you might want to use that as a temporary workaround. However, if you’re looking for a long-term solution, you should consider removing your antivirus software. Even if you remove your antivirus, you’ll be protected by Windows Defender, so you don’t have to worry about your safety.
We have to mention that antivirus tools tend to leave certain files and registry entries behind even after you uninstall them. These files can also cause problems, so we urge you to use a dedicated removal tool from your antivirus manufacturer to remove any leftover files.
After removing your antivirus completely, check if the problem still appears. If not, you might want to install the latest version of your antivirus software or switch to a different antivirus solution.
Solution 2 – Make sure that Windows is up to date
Windows 10 is a solid operating system, but it has few bugs and glitches that can cause system errors to appear. To fix this, it’s highly recommended to keep your system up to date. This process is streamlined in Windows 10, and all updates are downloaded in the background automatically. However, sometimes you may miss an important update, therefore it’s recommended to check for updates manually. To do that, you need to follow these simple steps:
- Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
- Once Settings app opens, navigate to the Update & security section.
- Now click on Check for updates button.
If any updates are available, Windows will automatically download them in the background and install them once you restart your PC. After updating your system, check if the error message still appears.
Solution 3 – Use Command Prompt
Several users reported this error while trying to install certain drivers. To fix the problem, you need to stop certain services and rename few folders. This can be a tedious process, but you can speed it up by using Command Prompt. To make the necessary changes, do the following:
- Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the list. If Command Prompt isn’t available, you can also use PowerShell.
- Enter the following commands one by one:
- net stop wuauserv
- net stop bits
- net stop cryptsvc
- cd %SystemRoot%System32
- ren catroot2 catroot2_BackUp
- ren SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution_BackUp
- net start wuauserv
- net start bits
- net start cryptsvc
- After all commands are executed, close Command Prompt.
Now the problem should be resolved and you’ll be able to install the drivers without any problems. Users reported a lot of success with this solution, so be sure to try it out.
Solution 4 – Perform a Clean boot
Third-party applications can sometimes interfere with your system and cause this and other errors to appear. Some applications and services tend to start automatically with Windows causing the problem to appear as soon as your PC starts. To fix this problem you need to disable all startup services and applications. This is relatively simple and you can do it by following these steps:
- Press Windows Key + R and enter msconfig. Press Enter or click OK.
- System Configuration window will appear. Navigate to the Services tab and check Hide all Microsoft services option. Now click on Disable all.
- Navigate to Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager.
- When Task Manager opens you’ll see a list of all startup applications. Select the first entry on the list and click on Disable button. Repeat this step for all applications on the list.
- After disabling all startup apps, close Task Manager and go back to System Configuration window. Click Apply and OK to save changes.
- Restart your PC to apply changes.
After doing that, check if the problem still appears. If not, you need to repeat the same steps and enable applications and services one by one or in groups. Keep in mind that you need to restart your PC after enabling a group of apps or services. After you find the problematic application you can keep it disabled, remove it or try to update it to the latest version.
Solution 4 – Perform a System Restore
If this problem started appearing recently, you might be able to fix it by restoring your system. This is rather simple and you can do it thanks to the System Restore application. We have to warn you that this process might remove some of your recently saved files, so be sure to back them up. To restore your system, do the following:
- Press Windows Key + S and enter system restore. Choose Create a restore point from the menu.
- System Properties window will now open. Click on System Restore button.
- When System Restore window appears, click on Next. Check Show more restore points and select the desired restore point. Click on Next to continue.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the reset.
After completing the reset, check if the issue still persists. In most cases System Restore should be able to revert any recent changes and problems, so be sure to try it out.
Solution 5 – Reset Windows 10
If other solutions can’t fix the problem, you might want to consider resetting Windows 10. We have to warn you that this process will remove all files from your system drive, including your apps and documents, so we strongly advise you to back up important files. In addition, you might need a Windows 10 installation media to complete this process, so be sure to create it. After creating the backup and installation media, you can reset Windows 10 by doing the following:
- Open the Start Menu and click the Power button. Press and hold the Shift key and click on Reset.
- List of options will appear. Click on Troubleshoot > Reset this PC > Remove everything. You might need to insert an installation media during this step, so be sure to have it ready.
- Choose your version of Windows and select Only the drive where Windows is installed > Just remove my files.
- You’ll see a list of files that reset will remove. Once you’re ready to start click on Reset button.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the reset.
After resetting Windows 10 check if the issue still persists. If not, install all your applications and move files from the backup.
ERROR_OFFSET_ALIGNMENT_VIOLATION is a system error and it can prevent you from installing certain applications. This isn’t a serious error, and you should be able to resolve it by using one of our solutions.
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