Blue Screen of Death errors are one of the most serious errors that you can encounter on Windows 10. These errors can be quite problematic and cause many problems, therefore today we’re going to show you how to fix INVALID FLOATING POINT STATE errors.
Steps to fix INVALID FLOATING POINT STATE BSoD error
- Update Windows 10
- Download the latest drivers
- Run the Hardware Troubleshooter
- Run the SFC scan
- Run DISM
- Reinstall your audio drivers
- Remove problematic applications
- Reset Windows 10
- Check your hardware
Fix – INVALID FLOATING POINT STATE Windows 10 error
Solution 1 – Update Windows 10
New patches are released frequently, and many of them offer security improvements, new features and various bug fixes related to both hardware and software, therefore be sure that you download them.
Solution 2 – Download the latest drivers
Windows 10 requires drivers in order to work with your hardware, and if your drivers are outdated or not compatible with Windows 10, you’ll encounter a Blue Screen of Death error such as INVALID FLOATING POINT STATE.
To fix this any many other BSoD errors, it’s important that you update your drivers, and you can do that simply by visiting your hardware manufacturer’s website and downloading the latest drivers for your device. Bear in mind that you might have to update all drivers on your PC to fix this problem.
You can also use Device Manager to update your drivers, but we have to mention that Device Manager doesn’t always download the latest drivers, so it’s usually better to search and download the necessary drivers manually. To download drivers by using Device Manager, do the following:
- Press Windows Key + X on your keyboard to open Power User Menu. Select Device Manager from the list.
- When Device Manager opens, locate the driver that you wish to update, right click it and select Update Driver Software.
- Select Search automatically for updated driver software and let Windows 10 download and install the new driver.
- Repeat these steps for all drivers that you want to update.
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:
- Download and install TweakBit Driver Updater
- 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.
- 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.
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 Hardware Troubleshooter
Another thing we can try is running Windows 10’s built-in troubleshooting tool. This tool is designed to deal with various system issues, including BSODs. So, it might be helpful in this case, as well.
- Open the Settings app and go to Update & Security section.
- Select Troubleshoot from the menu on the left.
- Select BSOD from the right pane and click Run the troubleshooter.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the troubleshooter.
Solution 4 – Run the SFC scan
The next troubleshooter we’re going to try is the SFC scan. This is a command-line tool that goes through your system searching for potential issues. Of course, if resolving these issues is possible, the SFC scan will do it automatically.
- Right-click on the Start Menu button, and open Command Prompt (Admin).
- Enter the following line and press Enter: sfc/scannow
- Wait until the process is done (it may take a while).
- If the solution is found, it will automatically be applied.
- Now, close the Command Prompt and restart your computer.
Solution 5 – Run DISM
And the third troubleshooter we’re going to try is DISM. DISM stands for Deployment Image Servicing and Management, and as its name says, it reloads the system image, which can lead to solving potential BSOD issues.
We’ll walk you through both standard and the procedure that utilizes the installation media below:
- Standard way
- Right-click Start and open Command Prompt (Admin).
- Paste the following command and press Enter:
- Wait until the scan is finished.
- Restart your computer and try updating again.
- With the Windows installation media
- Insert your Windows installation media.
- Right-click the Start menu and, from the menu, choose the Command Prompt (Admin).
- In the command line, type the following commands and press Enter after each:
- dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
- dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
- Now, type the following command and press Enter:
- DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /source:WIM:X:SourcesInstall.wim:1 /LimitAccess
- Make sure to change an X value with the letter of the mounted drive with Windows 10 installation.
- After the procedure is finished, restart your computer.
Solution 6 – Reinstall your audio drivers
Drivers can often cause these types of errors, and sometimes updating the drivers doesn’t help, so you’ll have to find and reinstall the problematic driver. Few users reported that their audio drivers were causing the INVALID FLOATING POINT STATE error, but the problem was fixed after reinstalling those drivers. To reinstall a certain driver first you need to remove it by following these steps:
- Open Device Manager.
- Locate the driver that you want to remove, and right click it. Choose Uninstall from the menu.
- If available, check Remove driver software for this device and click OK.
After uninstalling the driver, Windows 10 will install the default driver instead. If the default driver works well and your PC is stable, you can continue using it, or you can update the driver with the newer version.
Solution 7 – Remove problematic applications
Third-party applications can often cause this error to appear, and in order to fix this problem you need to find and remove the problematic applications. Your antivirus or firewall can cause this problem, therefore we recommend that you temporarily remove your antivirus program. Uninstalling the antivirus might not fix the problem, so it’s recommended that you download and use dedicated removal tool to remove all files associated with your antivirus. Many antivirus companies offer these tools for download, so be sure to use them.
Solution 8 – Reset Windows 10
If the INVALID_FLOATING_POINT_STATE error is caused by software, you can fix it easily by performing a Windows 10 reset. Resetting Windows 10 is fairly simple, and in order to complete it you might need a bootable USB flash drive. We also have to mention that Windows 10 reset will remove all files from your C partition, so be sure to back up your important files. To perform Windows 10 reset, do the following:
- Restart your PC few times during the boot sequence to start Automatic Repair.
- Select Troubleshoot > Reset this PC > Remove everything. Be sure to have Windows 10 installation media ready, because you might need it for this step.
- Select Only the drive where Windows is installed > Just remove my files and click the Reset button.
- Follow the instructions to complete the reset.
After Windows 10 reset is completed, you’ll have a fresh installation of Windows 10 without any third-party applications. If the error appears again, it means that it is caused by your hardware.
Solution 9 – Check your hardware
Blue Screen of Death errors are often caused by hardware, and if you installed any new hardware recently we suggest that you remove it or replace it. If new hardware is not the problem, we advise you to check your RAM and all other major hardware components.
INVALID FLOATING POINT STATE BSoD error can be a big problem, but we hope that you managed to fix this error by using 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.