How to fix the Windows 10 error wdf01000.sys

Matthew Adams
by Matthew Adams
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Windows 10 error wdf01000.sys

The Windows 10 error wdf01000.sys is one of those blue screen errors that can have various error messages. The error message could be something like:

STOP 0×00000050: PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA – Wdf01000.sys.

However, all the wdf01000.sys error messages will include wdf01000.sys in them; and this system error can occur fairly randomly or when running specific software. This is how you can fix the wdf01000.sys error in Windows 10.

How can I fix error wdf01000.sys on Windows 10?

  1. Run a System File Checker Scan
  2. Run Check Disk
  3. Initiate a Malware Scan
  4. Reinstall Software
  5. Open the Blue Screen Troubleshooter
  6. Check for Device Driver Errors
  7. Re-register the wdf01000.sys File
  8. Restore Windows to a Restore Point

1. Run a System File Checker Scan

  • Press the Windows key + X to open the Win + X menu.
  • Click Command Prompt (Admin) to open the Command Prompt as an administrator.
  • First, enter ‘DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth’ in the Prompt; and press the Return key.
  • Then input sfc /scannow’ in the Command Prompt, and press the Enter button.

  • When the SFC scan is complete, the Command Prompt might state, Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them. If that’s the case, restart Windows.

The wdf01000.sys error, and other blue screen errors can often be due to corrupted or missing system files. The System File Checker is a Windows tool that restores corrupted system files.

As such, the SFC might resolve this blue screen issue. 

It seems that everything is lost when DISM fails on Windows? Check out this quick guide and get rid of the worries.

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2. Run Check Disk

  • Press the Cortana button on the taskbar.
  • Enter the keyword Command Prompt in the search box.
  • Right-click Command Prompt and select the Run as administrator option.

  • Enter chkdsk /f in the Prompt, and press the Return key.

The wdf01000.sys error can also be the consequence of hard drive corruption. As such, Check Disk is another utility that might potentially fix the BSOD error. If you’re having trouble accessing Command Prompt as an admin, then you better take a closer look at this guide.

chkdsk is giving you headaches? Check out this quick guide to fix any issues with it.

3. Initiate a Malware Scan

Malware, which can corrupt system files, might be responsible for the wdf01000.sys BSOD error. So it might be worth scanning for malware with anti-virus software.

Click the Free Download button on this homepage to add the freeware version of Malwarebytes to Windows 10. Then you can press that software‘s Scan Now button to purge malware.

Perform a full system scan directly from Windows Defender. Find out how it’s done right here!

4. Reinstall Software

  • Open Run with the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut.
  • Next, enter ‘appwiz.cpl’ in Run and click OK to open the window shown directly below.

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  • Select the software you need to reinstall.
  • Press the Uninstall button.
  • Click Yes to provide further confirmation.
  • Then restart your desktop or laptop.
  • If you can, download an update copy of the uninstalled software from the publisher’s website.
  • Then open the program’s setup wizard to reinstall the software.

If the wdf01000 error occurs when launching or running a specific program, reinstalling the software might resolve the issue. That will replace all the files and registry entries for the software.

Most users don’t know what to do when their Windows key stops working. Be a step ahead by reading this useful guide.

Need more info on how to reinstall Windows 10 apps? Take a look at this dedicated article.

5. Open the Blue Screen Troubleshooter

  • As the wdf01000 error is also a BSOD error, the Blue Screen troubleshooter might come in handy for fixing it. To open that troubleshooter, press the Cortana button.
  • Input the keyword ‘troubleshoot’ in the search box.

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  • Click Troubleshoot to open the window in the snapshot directly below.

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  • Select the Blue Screen troubleshooter, and then click its Run the troubleshooter button.
    • The troubleshooter window will then open and might detect some issues.

If you’re having trouble opening the Setting app, take a look at this article to solve the issue.

Having Troubleshooter issues? Fix it with the help of this complete guide.

6. Check for Device Driver Errors

SYS file errors can be due to corrupted driver files. Thus, updating, or at least reinstalling, corrupted device drivers might resolve the wdf01000.sys error.

However, in this case, it’s not obvious what driver, or drivers, you need to update. One way you can check for driver issues is to press the Windows key + X hotkey and click Device Manager, which opens the window shown in the snapshot directly below.

device manager windows 10

Double-click the device categories to expand them, and look for yellow exclamation marks. A yellow exclamation point on the Device Manager window highlights a device driver issue.

If you see any yellow exclamation mark beside any device, update the driver for that device. Check out this article for further details on how to update drivers.

Alternatively, you can right-click the listed device and select Uninstall. Windows might then automatically reinstall the driver when you restart your desktop or laptop.

Windows can’t automatically download new drivers? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

7. Re-register the wdf01000.sys File

  • Open the Cortana app.
  • Input ‘Command Prompt’ in the search box, right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
  • Enter ‘regsvr32 C:Windowssystem32driverswdf01000.sys in the Command Prompt, and press the Return button.

The wdf01000.sys file might not be correctly registered in the registry. You can, however, re-register the wdf01000.sys file with the Regsvr32 utility. This is how you can utilize that utility to re-register the wdf01000 file.

8. Restore Windows to a Restore Point

  • Open the Run accessory in Windows with the Win key + R keyboard shortcut.
  • Enter rstrui.exe in the text box, and click the OK button.
  • Press the Next button on the System Restore window to open a list of restore points as below.

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  • Select a restore point that predates your laptop’s or desktop’s wdf01000.sys error.
  • Software installed after the chosen restore point will be removed.
    • To check what software you’ll need to reinstall, press the Scan for affected programs button.

  • Click Next and Finish to confirm your selected restore point.

System Restore is another handy utility for fixing blue screen errors. The utility rolls Windows back to an earlier date. Thus, it will undo modifications made to system files, the registry and other system programs after a selected restore point.

As such, rolling Windows back to a restore point that predates your desktop’s or laptop’s wdf01000.sys error could fix the issue. You can utilize the System Restore utility as follows.

If you’re interested in more info on how to create a restore point and how would that help you, take a look at this simple article to find out everything you need to know.

System Restore isn’t working? Check this useful guide and set things right once again.

FAQ: Learn more about Blue Screen of Death errors

  • Can malware cause Blue Screen of Death errors?

Since Blue Screen of Death errors are caused by fatal system errors, malware can also be a cause for them. If that happens, then you will need a solid antivirus solution to help you.

  • How do I know what the cause of a BSoD was?

Blue Screen of Death errors always leave log files, and you can also use the BSoD Troubleshooter to figure out what caused the error in your particular case.

  • Which hardware components are mostly to blame for BSoDs?

The most common hardware issues that can lead to Blue Screen of Death errors is the hard drive. If that is the cause in your case, then maybe you should upgrade it with a better model.

Those are a few resolutions that can fix the wdf01000.sys error in Windows 10. In addition, fixing the registry with system optimization software might also help resolve the issue.

If you have any other questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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