Milan Stanojevic
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DRIVER_PAGE_FAULT_IN_FREED_SPECIAL_POOL and other Blue Screen of Death errors can cause many problems on your PC. These errors are usually caused by certain software or by faulty hardware, and since they can cause so many problems, today we’re going to show you how to fix this error on Windows 10.


Table of contents:

  1. Update Windows 10 and all your drivers
  2. Run the Hardware Troubleshooter 
  3. Run the SFC scan
  4. Run DISM
  5. Remove problematic software
  6. Update your SSD firmware
  7. Reset Windows 10
  8. Check if your hardware is working properly


Solution 1 – Update Windows 10 and all your drivers

Many BSoD errors are caused by both hardware and software issues, and in order to fix these issues it’s important that you update Windows 10. New patches are being released frequently through Windows Update, and many of these patches offer new features, security improvements and all sorts of bug fixes related to both hardware and software. By installing the latest patches, you’ll ensure that your Windows 10 is up to date, safe, and free from BSoD errors.

Although Windows updates are important, it’s just as important to install the latest drivers for your devices. Windows 10 uses drivers to communicate with your hardware, and if your drivers aren’t working with Windows 10, you won’t be able to use your hardware, or in worst case scenario you’ll get a BSoD error such as DRIVER_PAGE_FAULT_IN_FREED_SPECIAL_POOL. In order to fix these kinds of problems, it’s advised that you update all your drivers. Updating drivers is fairly simple, and you can do it by visiting your hardware manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your hardware. To fix this issue be sure to download the latest drivers for all your devices.

Several users reported that this error was fixed after updating the Wireless adapter driver, so be sure to update this driver first and then update all other drivers.

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:

  1. Download and install TweakBit Driver Updaterdriver updater starting window
  2. 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.
    scanning proccess of Tweakbit driver updater
  3. 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.
    Automatically Update complete
    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 

If updating your drivers didn’t resolve the DRIVER_PAGE_FAULT_IN_FREED_SPECIAL_POOL error, we’ll try with a troubleshooting tool. Windows 10 features a handy built-in troubleshooter that can help you with various issues, including the BSOD errors. So, we can try it and see if we have any luck.

Here’s how to run Windows 10‘s troubleshooter:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to Update & Security section.
  2. Select Troubleshoot from the menu on the left.
  3. Select BSOD from the right pane and click Run the troubleshooter.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the troubleshooter.

Solution 3 – Run the SFC scan

The next troubleshooter we’re going to try is the SFC scan. This is a command-line tool that goes through your system searching for potential issues. Of course, if resolving these issues is possible, the SFC scan will do it automatically.

Here’s how to run the SFC scan in Windows 10:

  1. Right-click on the Start Menu button, and open Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Enter the following line and press Enter: sfc/scannow
  3. Wait until the process is done (it may take a while).
  4. If the solution is found, it will automatically be applied.
  5. Now, close the Command Prompt and restart your computer.

Solution 4 – Run DISM

And the third troubleshooter we’re going to use is DISM. Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is a powerful tool that reloads the system image. So, it can also resolve potential BSOD errors.

We’ll walk you through both standard and the procedure that utilizes the installation media below:

  • Standard way
  1. Right-click Start and open Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Paste the following command and press Enter:
      • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  3. Wait until the scan is finished.
  4. Restart your computer and try updating again.
  • With the Windows installation media
  1. Insert your Windows installation media.
  2. Right-click the Start menu and, from the menu, choose the Command Prompt (Admin).
  3. In the command line, type the following commands and press Enter after each:
    • dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
    • dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
  4. Now, type the following command and press Enter:
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /source:WIM:X:SourcesInstall.wim:1 /LimitAccess
  5. Make sure to change an X value with the letter of the mounted drive with Windows 10 installation.
  6. After the procedure is finished, restart your computer.

Solution 5 – Remove problematic software

Many applications can cause Blue Screen of Death errors to appear, and in order to fix this problem, it’s recommended to find and remove the problematic application. In most cases this error is caused by your antivirus or firewall, therefore you’ll have to remove your antivirus or firewall to fix this error.

Users reported issues with Kaspersky Internet Security and GlassWire firewall, and according to them, updating these tools to the latest version fixed the BSoD error. Bear in mind that sometimes you might have to completely remove all third-party antivirus programs in order to fix this error. Uninstalling the antivirus software won’t be enough, and you might have to use a dedicated removal tool to remove all files and registry entries related to your antivirus. Almost all major security companies have these tools available for download, so be sure to download one for your antivirus software.

Bear in mind that uninstalling third-party antivirus won’t leave your PC completely vulnerable because Windows 10 comes with its own antivirus software called Windows Defender. If removing the antivirus software fixes the problem, you can now switch to a different antivirus tool or you can install the same antivirus software again.

Few users also reported that Razer Overlay Support can also cause this error, so be sure to remove this tool and all files associated with it.

Solution 6 – Update your SSD firmware

If you have Windows 10 installed on your SSD, you might be experiencing DRIVER_PAGE_FAULT_IN_FREED_SPECIAL_POOL error due to outdated firmware. According to users, they managed to fix this error by updating firmware on their SSD, but before you decide to do that we urge you to back up all important files. Updating SSD firmware is an advanced procedure, and if you’re not careful you can cause irreversible damage to your SSD, therefore be extra cautions and thoroughly check the instruction manual.

Solution 7 – Reset Windows 10

If this error is caused by software, you can fix it by performing Windows 10 reset. You should know that Windows 10 reset is quite similar to clean install, so we advise you to back up all important files from your C partition. To complete Windows 10 reset you might need a bootable USB flash drive with Windows 10 on it, and you can easily create one by using Media Creation Tool. To perform Windows 10 reset, do the following:

  1. Restart your computer few times during the boot sequence to start Automatic Repair.
  2. Choose Troubleshoot > Reset this PC > Remove everything. If you get asked to insert Windows 10 installation media, be sure to do that.
  3. Select Only the drive where Windows is installed > Just remove my files and click the Reset button.
  4. Follow the instructions and wait for the process to finish.

After the reset process is completed you’ll have a new installation of Windows 10. If the error appears again, it’s most likely that the error is caused by faulty hardware.

Solution 8 – Check if your hardware is working properly

Hardware issues can also cause Blue Screen of Death errors to appear, therefore we urge you to remove or replace any recently installed hardware and check if that fixes the BSoD error. If the error isn’t caused by new hardware, be sure to check your RAM. To do that, you need to test RAM modules one by one until you find a faulty module. Few users reported that after reseating their RAM the issue was resolved, so be sure to try that. If your RAM is working properly, check other hardware components such as your motherboard, graphic card, network adapter, hard drive, etc.

DRIVER_PAGE_FAULT_IN_FREED_SPECIAL_POOL BSoD error can be a problem, but you can easily fix this error by removing the problematic applications or by updating the outdated drivers.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


Editor's Note: This article was originally published in June 2016 and was revamped and updated in January 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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