DRIVER VIOLATION error in Windows 10 [FULL FIX]

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Computer errors are relatively common, and while certain errors are harmless, some of them, such as DRIVER VIOLATION BSoD error, can cause many problems on Windows 10. Blue Screen of Death errors are somewhat rare, but they can be troublesome, therefore it’s important to know how to deal with them.


Table of contents:

  1. Make sure that your drivers are up to date
  2. Run the BSOD Troubleshooter 
  3. Run the SFC scan
  4. Run DISM
  5. Check the hard drive
  6. Download the latest Windows 10 updates
  7. Remove problematic software
  8. Update your BIOS
  9. Check your hardware

Fix – DRIVER VIOLATION Windows 10 error

Solution 1 – Make sure that your drivers are up to date

Updating drivers is crucial for system stability, and if your drivers are out of date, buggy or simply not compatible with Windows 10, that can cause instability issues and Blue Screen of Death errors such as DRIVER VIOLATION. To fix this and other BSoD errors, it’s important that you keep your drivers up to date. You can easily download the necessary drivers simply by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X on your keyboard to open Power User Menu. Select Device Manager from the list of options.
  2. When Device Manager starts, locate the driver you want to update, right click it and choose Update Driver Software.
  3. Select Search automatically for updated driver software. Windows 10 will now download and install the appropriate driver.
  4. Repeat these steps for all drivers that you want to update.

Updating drivers with Device Manager is pretty simple, but bear in mind that Device Manager doesn’t always download the latest drivers. To ensure that you have the latest drivers installed, we strongly suggest that you download your drivers manually.

Downloading drivers manually isn’t hard, and all that you have to do is to visit your hardware manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your device. To fix this and many other BSoD errors, you might have to update all drivers on your PC.

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 BSOD Troubleshooter 

If updating your drivers didn’t get the job done, let’s try with Windows 10’s troubleshooting app. You can use this tool to resolve various system issues, including BSOD issues like the DRIVER VIOLATION error.

Here’s how to run Windows 10’s troubleshooting tool:

  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 troubleshooting tool we’re going to try is the SFC scan. This is a command-line tool that searches for potential problems and corrupt files in your system, and resolves them (if possible). So, it could also resolve the DRIVER VIOLATION.

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

  1. Right-click 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

Delpoyment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is a tool that re-deploys the system image. This could lead to resolving some system problems, including the BSOD issues.

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 – Check the hard drive

According to users, you might be able to fix DRIVER VIOLATION error on your PC simply by running a chkdsk scan. This error can occur due to corrupted files on your hard drive, but you should be able to fix it by doing the following:

  1. Enter the Advanced Startup (Restart your computer while holding the Shift key).
  2. Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced Options.
  3. Select Command Prompt from the list of options.
  4. When Command Prompt appears, enter the following lines and press Enter after each line in order to run it:
    • bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd
    • bootrec.exe /fixmbr
    • bootrec.exe /fixboot
  5. Some users are also suggesting that you need to run additional chkdsk commands as well. To perform these commands, you need to know drive letters for all your hard drive partitions. In Command Prompt you should enter the following (but remember to use the letters that match your hard drive partitions on your PC):
    • chkdsk /r c:
    • chkdsk /r d:

    This is just our example, so keep in mind that you have to perform chkdsk command for every hard drive partition that you have.

  6. Restart your computer and check if the issue is resolved.

Solution 6 – Download the latest Windows 10 updates

Many operating systems have some issues with certain hardware or software, and Windows 10 is no exception. Fortunately, Microsoft is working hard to fix these issues, and it’s frequently releasing new patches through Windows Update. These patches contain new features, security improvements and many bug fixes related to both hardware and software, therefore in order to avoid BSoD errors, we strongly suggest that you keep your Windows 10 up to date.

Solution 7 – Remove problematic software

Third-party applications can cause errors such as DRIVER VIOLATION to appear, and if you’re having these errors we suggest that you remove any recently installed or updated applications. Most common cause for these types of errors can be your antivirus, therefore we advise you to remove all third-party antivirus programs that you have installed. To completely remove an antivirus program from your PC, we advise you to use a dedicated uninstaller tool. Many antivirus companies offer these tools for their software, therefore we strongly advise that you download and use one of these tools for your antivirus.

It’s worth mentioning that almost any application can cause this error to appear, therefore you might want to perform a clean boot in order to find the problematic application. To perform clean boot, do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter msconfig. Press Enter or click OK.
  2. When System Configuration window opens select Selective startup and uncheck Load startup items.
  3. Go to Services tab and check Hide all Microsoft services and then click the Disable all button.
  4. Click Apply and OK to save changes. If you’re asked to restart your computer, choose not to.
  5. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  6. When Task Manager opens go to Startup tab and right click each item on the list and choose Disable from the menu.
  7. Once you disable all startup applications restart your computer.

When your computer restarts, check if the issue is resolved. If the BSoD error doesn’t appear, you need to repeat the same steps and enable services and applications one by one until you find the one that is causing this error to appear.

Solution 8 – Update your BIOS

Updating BIOS unlocks the new features of your motherboard, and it allows it to work with new hardware. Several users reported that updating their BIOS fixed the DRIVER VIOLATION Blue Screen of Death error, so be sure to try that. Bear in mind that updating BIOS can sometimes cause damage if you’re not careful, so be extra cautions and be sure to check your motherboard manual for instructions.

Solution 9 – Check your hardware

Blue Screen of Death errors are often caused by your hardware, especially if that hardware isn’t compatible with your PC. Few users reported that TV card was causing this error, and after removing the aforementioned card, the issue was completely resolved. Bear in mind that almost any hardware component can cause these types of errors to appear, so we advise you to perform a detailed hardware inspection.

DRIVER VIOLATION Blue Screen of Death error can cause certain problems on your PC, but you can easily fix this error by using one of your solutions.

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


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