Fix: DRIVER_UNLOADED_WITHOUT_CANCELLING_PENDING_OPERATIONS error in Windows 10
There are all sorts of Blue Screen of Death errors, and it’s common for all these errors to crash Windows 10 and restart your PC in order to prevent damage. Since these errors can cause so much trouble, today we’re going to show you how to fix DRIVER_UNLOADED_WITHOUT_CANCELLING_PENDING_OPERATIONS error.
Fix DRIVER_UNLOADED_WITHOUT_CANCELLING_PENDING_OPERATIONS BSoD error
Table of contents:
- Download latest Windows updates
- Update your drivers
- Run the Hardware Troubleshooter
- Run the SFC scan
- Run DISM
- Stop Windows 10 automatic driver update
- Update your BIOS
- Reset Windows 10
Fix – DRIVER_UNLOADED_WITHOUT_CANCELLING_PENDING_OPERATIONS Windows 10 error
Solution 1 – Download latest Windows updates
Windows 10 is a great operating system, but it has its share of flaws. Certain hardware or software might not work with Windows 10, and that can cause Blue Screen of Death errors to appear. In order to fix these types of errors it’s important that you download the latest updates by using Windows Update tool. Microsoft is frequently releasing new updates and many of these updates bring various new features, security improvements and bug fixes related to both hardware and software. By installing the latest updates, you’ll make sure that your Windows 10 PC is safe and free from Blue Screen of Death errors.
Solution 2 – Update your drivers
Errors such as DRIVER_UNLOADED_WITHOUT_CANCELLING_PENDING_OPERATIONS can be caused by outdated or incompatible drivers, and in order to fix this error it’s important that you keep your drivers up to date. Users reported that they had some issues with Intel drivers, and after updating them to the latest version the Blue Screen of Death error was fixed. Bear in mind that almost any driver on your system can cause this error, so be sure to update them all. You can easily update drivers on Windows 10 right from Device Manager by following these steps:
- Press Windows Key + X to open Power User Menu. Select Device Manager from the list.
- Find the device that you want to update, right click it and choose Update Driver Software.
- Select Search automatically for updated driver software. Wait for Windows 10 to find and automatically download the best driver.
- Repeat these steps for all devices that you want to update.
Using Device Manager to update your drivers is rather simple, but some users argue that Device Manager doesn’t always download the latest drivers. If you want to download the latest drivers you’ll have to visit your hardware manufacturer’s website and download the drivers manually.
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 3 – Run the Hardware Troubleshooter
Another thing we can try is running Windows 10’s built-in troubleshooting tool. This tool is designed to deal with various system issues, including BSODs. So, it might be helpful in this case, as well.
To run Windows 10’s troubleshooter, follow these instructions:
- 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 4 – 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:
- 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 5 – Run DISM
And the third tool we’re going to use is DISM. Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is a tool that, as its name says, deploys the system image all over again. And that process could resolve potential BSOD issues.
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 6 – Stop Windows 10 automatic driver update
Few users reported that they had issues with automatic driver updates that Windows 10 performs, and according to them, Windows 10 downloaded incompatible drivers automatically thus causing DRIVER_UNLOADED_WITHOUT_CANCELLING_PENDING_OPERATIONS error to appear. To fix this error it’s required that you disable automatic driver update, and you can do that by using the “Show or hide updates” troubleshooter package. Simply download the package and run it, then select the updates that you wish to stop from downloading. After you’ve done that, be sure to update all the necessary drivers manually.
Solution 7 – Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode
According to users, you can easily fix DRIVER_UNLOADED_WITHOUT_CANCELLING_PENDING_OPERATIONS error by starting Windows 10 in Safe Mode. To enter Safe Mode do the following:
- Restart your computer few times in order to start Automatic Repair. Alternatively, you can hold the Shift key and click the Restart button.
- Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings and click the Restart button.
- When your Computer restarts you’ll see a list of options. Select Safe Mode with Networking by pressing 5 or F5.
Users claim that just by entering the Safe Mode this error should be fixed, so you just restart your computer and start it normally. It’s important to know that Safe Mode uses only the default drivers and applications, therefore if the error is caused by third-party application you should be able to fix it in Safe Mode.
Solution 8 – Update your BIOS
By updating BIOS you’ll unlock new features of your motherboard and fix certain hardware issues that can cause DRIVER_UNLOADED_WITHOUT_CANCELLING_PENDING_OPERATIONS error to appear. Bear in mind that BIOS update is an advanced procedure, and if you decide to perform it be sure to check your motherboard manual for detailed instructions. BIOS update can damage your motherboard permanently if you don’t perform it properly, so be extra cautions while you update BIOS.
Solution 9 – Reset Windows 10
If this error is caused by a third-party application you can fix it by performing Windows 10 reset. We have to mention that Windows 10 reset will delete all files and folders from your C partition, so be sure to back up your important files. To perform Windows 10 reset you might need a bootable USB flash drive, and you can easily create one by using Media Creation Tool. To reset Windows 10, do the following:
- Start Automatic Repair by restarting your computer few times.
- Select Troubleshoot > Reset this PC > Remove everything. Be ready to insert Windows 10 installation media if you’re asked to.
- Select Only the drive where Windows is installed > Just remove my files and click the Reset button.
- Follow the instructions to complete Windows 10 reset.
If the Blue Screen of Death appears even after Windows 10 reset, it’s most likely caused by faulty or recently installed hardware, so be sure to perform a detailed hardware inspection. We strongly recommend you to download this tool (100% safe and tested by us) to scan and fix various PC problems, such as hardware failure, but also file loss and malware.
DRIVER_UNLOADED_WITHOUT_CANCELLING_PENDING_OPERATIONS BSoD error is relativly easy to fix, and in most cases you can fix this error by updating the necessary drivers or by entering Safe Mode.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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