Full Fix: EVENT TRACING FATAL ERROR error in Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Blue Screen of Death errors can be caused by both hardware and software, therefore it’s important to fix these errors as soon as possible. Errors such as EVENT_TRACING_FATAL_ERROR can cause you many problems, so today we’re going to show you how to fix this error on Windows 10.


  1. Download latest Windows 10 updates and install the latest drivers
  2. Run the BSOD Troubleshooter 
  3. Run the SFC scan
  4. Run DISM
  5. Check the hard drive
  6. Disable Secure Boot and driver integrity checks
  7. Set English as your default language
  8. Uninstall the problematic software
  9. Reset Windows 10
  10. Check for faulty hardware

Fix – EVENT TRACING FATAL ERROR Windows 10 error

Solution 1 – Download latest Windows 10 updates and install the latest drivers

As we previously mentioned, these types of errors can be caused by hardware or software issues, and in order to prevent these errors from appearing, it’s strongly recommended that you download the latest Windows 10 updates. New updates are released frequently, and while some of them offer new features and security improvements, many of them bring various bug fixes related to both hardware and software. To download the latest updates and keep your PC safe and stable, be sure to use Windows Update.

In addition to downloading updates, it’s just as important to keep your drivers up to date. Drivers allow your operating system to recognize and use certain hardware, and if your drivers are outdated or just not fully compatible with your operating system, you won’t be able to use your hardware and you’ll most likely get a EVENT_TRACING_FATAL_ERROR BSoD error. To avoid crashes and Blue Screen of Death errors, it’s important that you download the latest drivers for your PC. Downloading drivers is fairly simple, and you can download all the latest drivers right from your hardware manufacturer’s website. We have to mention that you might have to update all your drivers before you find the one that is causing this issue.

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 

The next thing we’re going to try is Windows 10’s built-in troubleshooting tool. This tool can be used when dealing with various system problems, including the BSOD issues. So, it’s likely to resolve the EVENT_TRACING_FATAL_ERROR error.

Here’s how to run Windows 10’s built-in troubleshooter.

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Go to Update & Security > Troubleshoot.
  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

Another troubleshooting tool we’re going to try here is the SFC scan. The system file checker is a command-line tool that basically scans through your system searching for potential issues. If a corrupted system file is a problem, this tool will automatically repair it, and the problem will be resolved.

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

  1. Go to Search, type cmd, and open Command Prompt as Administrator.
  2. Enter the following line and press Enter: sfc/scannow
  3. Wait until the process finishes (it’s a longer one).
  4. If the tool finds a corrupt system file, it will automatically repair it.
  5. Now, close the Command Prompt and restart your computer.

Solution 4 – Run DISM

And the third troubleshooter we’re going to use here is DISM. This tool re-deploys the system image, which usually leads to resolving various problems. In that manner, DISM could also be helpful when dealing with the EVENT_TRACING_FATAL_ERROR error.

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

EVENT_TRACING_FATAL_ERROR BSoD error can be caused by your hard drive, so it’s recommended to perform a chkdsk scan. To perform a chkdsk scan, do 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 – Disable Secure Boot and driver integrity checks

If you’re getting EVENT_TRACING_FATAL_ERROR BSoD error, you might be able to fix it by disabling Secure Boot. To disable this feature you need to enter BIOS, navigate to Boot section and find and disable Secure Boot. Since there are so many different versions of BIOS, we strongly suggest that you check your motherboard manual for detailed instructions on how to enter BIOS and disable Secure Boot.

After disabling Secure Boot you need to disable integrity checks. To do that, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X on your keyboard to open Power User Menu and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the list.
  2. When Command Prompt opens, enter bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks on and press Enter to run it.

After doing this, driver signature checking should be disabled, and hopefully the BSoD error will be fixed.

Solution 7 – Set English as your default language

Few users reported that EVENT_TRACING_FATAL_ERROR BSoD was fixed after setting their default language to English. If English isn’t set as your default language, you can change that by doing the following:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to Time & Language > Region & Language.
  2. Click Add a language and select English (United States).
  3. Select English (United States) and click the Set as default button.

Next time you sign in to Windows 10, English will be set as your default language, and hopefully the BSoD error will be fixed.

Solution 8 – Uninstall the problematic software

Blue Screen of Death errors are often caused by incompatible software, and in order to fix this error, you need to find and remove the problematic software. These types of errors are often caused by your antivirus or firewall, therefore we advise you to temporarily remove all third-party antivirus programs. To completely remove certain antivirus from your PC, we suggest that you use dedicated removal tool that will remove all files and registry entries associated with you antivirus.

Bear in mind that Windows 10 comes with its default antivirus, Windows Defender, so even if you remove your antivirus program your PC won’t be completely defenseless. If removing the antivirus software fixes the error, we suggest that you reinstall it again, or to switch to a different antivirus solution.

Solution 9 – Reset Windows 10

If this error is caused by software, you can easily fix it by performing Windows 10 reset. We have to mention that Windows 10 reset will delete all files from your C drive, so we advise you to create a backup. In addition to creating backup, you might also need to create a bootable USB flash drive with Windows 10 on it in order to complete the reset process. To reset Windows 10, follow these steps:

  1. Restart your computer few times to start Automatic Repair.
  2. Select Troubleshoot > Reset this PC > Remove everything. Be prepared to insert Windows 10 installation media if you’re asked to.
  3. Choose Only the drive where Windows is installed > Just remove my files and click the Reset button.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the reset.

Solution 10 – Check for faulty hardware

If the problem still appears, even after Windows 10 reset, it means that it is caused by your hardware. To fix this error it’s important that you remove any recently installed hardware since it might not be fully compatible with your PC. If new hardware is not the issue, we suggest that you perform a detailed inspection of your computer and replace the faulty hardware.

EVENT_TRACING_FATAL_ERROR BSoD error can cause certain problems on your PC, but we hope that you managed to fix this error by using one of our solutions.

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 July 2016 and was revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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