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Blue Screen of Death errors can appear on any version of Windows, and Windows 10 is no exception. Errors such as DRIVER_VERIFIER_IOMANAGER_VIOLATION can create many problems, but fortunately there is a way to fix this error.


Solution 1 – Update your drivers and Windows 10

Blue Screen of Death errors can be caused by hardware or software issues, and in order to avoid these types of problems, it’s highly recommended that you update Windows 10. Microsoft is frequently releasing new patches and you can download them all through Windows Update. Most of these patches fix security issues, but there are also various bug fixes related to both hardware and software. By installing these patches you’ll ensure that your system is safe and stable, so we urge you to download them as often as you can.

Although Windows updates are important for your system, it’s also important that you download the latest drivers for your devices. Windows 10 relies heavily on drivers in order to work with your hardware, and if certain driver is out of date, you won’t be able to use your hardware and you might get a DRIVER_VERIFIER_IOMANAGER_VIOLATION error.

To fix these types of errors it’s recommended to update all your drivers, and in order to do that you just need to visit your hardware manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your device. Several users reported that this error was caused by Logitech drivers, so if you’re using any Logitech software or devices be sure to update their drivers.

Update drivers automatically

If this method doesn’t work or you do not have the necessary computer skills to update/fix the drivers manually, we strongly suggest to do it automatically by using Tweakbit’s Driver Updater tool. This tool is approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus. After several tests, our team concluded that this is the best automatized solution. Below you can find a quick guide how to do it.

  1. Download and install TweakBit Driver Updater
  2. driver updater starting windowOnce installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically.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.
  3. driver updater diagnozingUpon 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.
    driver updater scan finished
    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.

Disclaimer: some functions of this tool are not free.

Solution 2 – Remove problematic software

Third-party applications can often cause Blue Screen of Death errors, therefore you need to find problematic applications and remove them. Users reported that PeerBlock, Gpass and Logitech Gaming Software can cause these types of errors, so if you’re using one of those applications be sure to remove them or reinstall them.

Another common cause for DRIVER_VERIFIER_IOMANAGER_VIOLATION error can be your antivirus software. Users reported issues with Bitdefender and ZoneAlarm, so if you’re using any of these tools we advise you to remove them. We have to mention that almost any antivirus program can cause this error to appear, therefore we advise you to remove all antivirus programs from your PC. If you want to completely remove certain antivirus we advise you to use dedicated removal tool. Many security companies offer these tools for their software, so make sure that you download and use one.

Solution 3 – Perform DISM and SFC scan

Few users claim that they managed to fix this issue by performing a DISM scan. To perform DISM scan, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X to open Power User Menu and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
  2. When Command Prompt starts enter the following lines and press Enter after each line:
    • dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
    • dism /online /cleanup-image /checkhealth
    • dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
  3. After the DSIM scan is complete enter sfc /scannow into Command Prompt and press Enter to run it.

If you cannot enter Windows 10 normally, you can perform this scan from Safe Mode. To enter Safe Mode follow these steps:

  1. Restart your computer while it boots. Repeat this step few times until you start Automatic Repair.
  2. Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings and click the Restart button.
  3. Once your PC restarts you’ll see a list of options. Select Safe Mode with Networking by pressing 5 or F5.

Once you enter Safe Mode you should be able to perform DISM scan by following the steps above.

Solution 4 – Update BIOS

Updating BIOS unlocks new features of your motherboard and fixes certain hardware-related compatibility issues. Few users claim that updating BIOS fixed the DRIVER_VERIFIER_IOMANAGER_VIOLATION error for them, so you might want to try that. Before you start, we have to mention that BIOS update is an advanced procedure, and if you’re not careful you can cause permanent damage to your PC, so be extra careful if you decide to update BIOS and be sure to check your motherboard manual for detailed instructions.

Solution 5 – Perform Windows 10 reset

If DRIVER_VERIFIER_IOMANAGER_VIOLATION Blue Screen of Death error is caused by software, you can easily fix it by performing Windows 10 reset. This procedure is similar to clean install, so we urge you to back up all important files before you decide to perform Windows 10 reset. You might also need a Windows 10 installation media in order to complete this step, so be sure to create one. To perform Windows 10 reset you need to do the following:

  1. Restart your computer few times during the boot in order to start Automatic Repair.
  2. Choose Troubleshoot > Reset this PC > Remove everything and insert Windows 10 installation media if necessary.
  3. Select Only the drive where Windows is installed > Just remove my files and click the Reset button.
  4. Follow the instructions to complete Windows 10 reset.

Solution 6 – Scan your computer for malware

If you don’t want to resort to complex solutions, such as resetting your computer yet, you can launch a malware scan. Malware may cause various issues on your computer, including the DRIVER_VERIFIER_IOMANAGER_VIOLATION error. You can detect and remove malware using Windows’ built-in antivirus, Windows Defender, or third-party antivirus solutions.

Run a thorough system scan to make sure that you have eliminated this possible cause.

Here’s how to run a full system scan on Windows 10 Creators Update:

  1. Go to Start > type ‘defender’ > double click Windows Defender to launch the tool
  2. In the left hand pane, select the shield iconfix DRIVER_VERIFIER_IOMANAGER_VIOLATION
  3. In the new window, click the Advanced scan option
  4. Check the full scan option to launch a full system malware scan.

Solution 7 – Remove recently installed hardware

If Windows 10 reset didn’t fix the problem, it’s most likely that this issue is caused by faulty or incompatible hardware, so be sure to remove any recently installed hardware. In addition, we advise you to perform a detailed inspection of your hardware in order to find the faulty component.

Solution 8 – Clean boot your computer

A clean boot starts Windows by using a minimal set of drivers and startup programs to eliminate software conflicts that may occur when you install a program or an update or when you simply launch a program.

Some Windows 10 users confirmed that this action helped them fix the DRIVER_VERIFIER_IOMANAGER_VIOLATION error, so give it a try. 

Here’s how to clean boot your Windows 10 computer:

  1. Type System Configuration in the search box > hit Enter
  2. On the Services tab >  select the Hide all Microsoft services check box > click Disable all.hide all microsoft services
  3. On the Startup tab > click on Open Task Manager > select all items > click Disable.DRIVER_VERIFIER_IOMANAGER_VIOLATION
  4. Close the Task Manager.
  5. On the Startup tab of the System Configuration dialog box >click OK > restart your computer.

DRIVER_VERIFIER_IOMANAGER_VIOLATION error can be easily fixed by updating your drivers or BIOS, but if those solutions don’t work, feel free to try any other solution from this article.

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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