Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Chances are you’re no stranger to the DRIVER_VERIFIER_IOMANAGER_VIOLATION Windows 10 error.
  • To easily solve it, try to update your drivers and remove potentially problematic software.
  • Don’t hesitate to learn more about the main causes of BSOD errors and avoid them in the future.
  • Since you’re here already, feel free to visit our Windows 10 Troubleshooting Hub for more tips.

6. Scan your computer for malware

  1. Go to Start > type defender > double click Windows Defender to launch the tool.
  2. In the left-hand pane, select the shield icon.fix 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.


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.

7. Remove recently installed hardware

remove any 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.

8. Clean boot your 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.

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. 

Can’t open Task Manager? Don’t worry, we’ve got the right solution for you.

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 February 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in February 2018 and was revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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