Full Fix: KERNEL MODE EXCEPTION NOT HANDLED error in Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic
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Blue Screen of Death errors are one of the most serious errors on Windows 10, and since these errors will crash and restart your PC, they can be a major problem. BSoD errors can be quite serious, therefore today we’re going to show you how to fix KERNEL MODE EXCEPTION NOT HANDLED error.

How to fix KERNEL MODE EXCEPTION NOT HANDLED error

  1. Update Windows 10
  2. Update your drivers
  3. Run the BSOD Troubleshooter 
  4. Run the SFC scan
  5. Run DISM
  6. Check the hard drive
  7. Uninstall the problematic applications
  8. Uninstall your antivirus software
  9. Update BIOS
  10. Reset Windows 10
  11. Check your hardware

Fix – KERNEL MODE EXCEPTION NOT HANDLED error in Windows 10

Solution 1 – Update Windows 10

Certain hardware or software might not be fully compatible with Windows 10, and that can cause errors such as KERNEL_MODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED to appear. In order to prevent these types of errors from appearing it’s crucial that you update Windows 10 regularly. By using Windows Update you’ll download the latest bug fixes that are designed to resolve many hardware and software issues on Windows 10 and thus fix the BSoD error. In addition to bug fixes, latest Windows 10 patches offer many security improvements and new features, so if you wish to keep Windows 10 safe and stable, be sure that you download them.

Solution 2 – Update your drivers

Many BSoD errors are caused by outdated or incompatible drivers. If certain driver isn’t compatible with Windows 10 that can often cause KERNEL_MODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED error to appear, and the only solution is to update the problematic driver. Updating drivers is fairly simple, and in order to do it, you can use the Device Manager by following the steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X to open Power User Menu. Select Device Manager from the list.
    device-manager
  2. Once Device Manager opens, locate the device you wish to update, right click it and choose Update Driver Software.
    update-driver-software
  3. Select Search automatically for updated driver software. Windows 10 will now download and install the appropriate driver for your device.
    browse-my-for-driver-software
  4. Repeat these steps for all devices that you wish to update.

Some users claim that using Device Manager to update your drivers isn’t the most effective solution since it might not always download the latest drivers. To ensure that you have the latest drivers, it’s best that you visit your hardware manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your device.

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 

If the built-in troubleshooter failed to resolve the problem, let’s try the SFC scan. This command-line tool scans your system and searches for potential problems. The SFC scan will automatically resolve any issue, if the solution is possible.

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

  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 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.

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

And the final troubleshooting tool we’re going to try here is DISM. Deployment Image Servicing and Management is a command-line utility that reloads the system image. Reloading the system image can eliminate various problems, including (hopefully) the BSOD errors.

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.
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