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Windows 10 is a significant step towards a unified Windows ecosystem by Microsoft – that is part of the reason why Microsoft made it a free upgrade. If you want to make a unified ecosystem, you need to have as many people as possible on the platform, and that is why a free upgrade not only makes sense but also is necessary for the progress of this ecosystem.

Unfortunately – the free upgrade offer was exactly as its name suggests, an upgrade. And Windows upgrades are not something with a very good reputation when it comes to stability.

This article will focus on the INTERRUPT EXCEPTION NOT HANDLED blue screen error, which can be caused by various things, but most of the times it is a driver problem. Sometimes the drivers from your older Windows install refuse to work with Windows 10 after an upgrade and cause this blue screen error.

The Windows 10 setup is of course supposed to look for such drivers and update them itself, however, it doesn’t always work. So for the first solution we are going to try and update the drivers. Many of the errors like Error 0x803F7000 On Windows 10 can be easily fixed just by following our guides so follow the solutions given below properly.

But before we carry on, here are some more examples of this problem:

  • Interrupt exception not handled Windows 7 – Although we’re talking about Windows 10 here, this issue can also appear in Windows 7. Nevertheless, you can still use most of the solutions from this article.
  • Windows 10 stop code interrupt exception not handled 
  • Windows 10 blue screen interrupt exception not handled 
  • Windows 7 blue screen interrupt exception not handled
  • interrupt_exception_not_handled 3d
  • Blue Screen 0x0000003d – This error code is usually associated with the INTERRUPT EXCEPTION NOT HANDLED issue in Windows 10. So, if it appears, you can still use the same solutions.
  • Interrupt exception not handled overclock – According to some users, the INTERRUPT EXCEPTION NOT HANDLED can sometimes happen if your CPU is overclocked.


Table of contents:

  1. Update your drivers
  2. Run the SFC scan
  3. Run DISM
  4. Run the Hardware troubleshooter
  5. Run DISM
  6. Check the hard drive

How to fix the INTERRUPT EXCEPTION NOT HANDLED error in Windows 10

Solution 1 – Update your drivers

Update your drivers – this is a hard solution to hold hands through. Outdated or wrong drivers can create a big mess on your PC we posted an article about Rotation Lock Grayed out on Windows 10 in which one of the reasons were outdated drivers. So you need to make sure you have updated drivers and if not, update them.

Not only do you need to update your drivers for the big hardware such as your graphics card, you also need to update your drivers for the various chips in your motherboard.

You just upgraded your operating system, you need to install the latest drivers for all the different chips in your system – such as the audio processing unit, the network adapter, and the controller chip. You will find these drivers at your motherboard’s website, usually under the support section. How to find your motherboard details you ask? This is how:

  • Open your Start Menu and type “cmd”, then press Enter.
  • In Command Prompt, type this: “wmic baseboard get product,Manufacturer,version,serialnumber” and press Enter.


  • The name under “Product” is your motherboard’s model number.

If updating our drivers didn’t do the trick, then we must go through Solution 2 – which is a much more straightforward solution, although it most likely will not help you. This is a just-in-case try – something that might or might not work but it’s worth a shot.

Solution 2 – Run the SFC scan

  • Open Start Menu and type “cmd”, then press Enter.


  • In Command Prompt, type “sfc /scannow and press Enter – this process can take a while so be patient.
  • Once finished, it will tell you if it found any errors and whether or not it repaired them.

System file checker can solve many problems including this and others like Microsoft Edge Disappeared on Windows 10 so this should definitely work.

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 3 – Run the BSOD Troubleshooter 

Windows 10’s built-in troubleshooter is a tool that can resolve all sorts of issues in Windows 10. Including BSOD issues.

Here’s how to run Windows 10’s troubleshooter:

  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 4 – Run the SFC scan

The SFC scan is another troubleshooting tool that can help with BSOD issues. So, if Windows 10’s built-in troubleshooter didn’t resolve the problem, the SFC scan is definitely a tool worth running.

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

  1. Right-click on 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 5 – Run DISM

Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is a powerful tool that freshly deploys the system image. And that process can eliminate potential BSOD issues. So, if none of the previous troubleshooters resolved the issue, we can try with DISM.

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 6 – Check the hard drive

The next thing you should do is to check if your hard drive isn’t corrupt. Because in case there’s a problem with your hard drive or partition, BSOD issues might occur. To check your hard drive, run the chkdsk command in the Command Prompt. This command will scan your partitions, and determine if there’s something wrong.

Here’s how to run the chkdsk command in Windows 10:

  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.

Reinstalling Windows 10 is quite straightforward, and since your License key is now linked to your PC and stored in the cloud – you don’t even need to remember it anymore. Simply format your disk, and reinstall Windows 10. You will lose all your data, though, so make sure you backup your data before you do any of this.