Milan Stanojevic
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Blue Screen of Death errors are one of the most serious errors that you can encounter on Windows 10. These errors can cause instability issues and data loss, therefore today we’re going to show you how to fix MANUALLY_INITIATED_CRASH error.


Table of contents:

  1. Update your drivers and install the latest Windows 10 updates
  2. Remove the problematic software
  3. Use System Restore
  4. Perform Windows 10 reset
  5. Check if your hardware is working properly
  6. Run the Hardware Troubleshooter 
  7. Run DISM
  8. Run the SFC scan

Fix –  MANUALLY_INITIATED_CRASH Windows 10 error

Solution 1 – Update your drivers and install the latest Windows 10 updates

Downloading the latest Windows 10 updates is crucial for system stability and safety. Many of these updates offer security improvements and new features, but there are also various bug fixes related to both hardware and software. Blue Screen of Death errors are often caused by hardware or software issues, and if you want to keep your system stable and free from errors, we strongly advise you to download the latest patches by using Windows Update.

In addition to Windows updates, it’s also important that you download the latest drivers for your hardware. Your hardware cannot work without the proper drivers, and if your drivers are outdated or just not fully compatible with Windows 10, that can cause Blue Screen of Death error such as MANUALLY_INITIATED_CRASH to appear. To update your drivers, you can simply use Device Manager by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X on your keyboard to open Power User Menu. Select Device Manager from the list.
  2. When Device Manager opens, select the device you want to update, right click it and choose Update Driver Software.
  3. Choose Search automatically for updated driver software and Windows 10 will automatically download and install the best driver for your device.
  4. Repeat this steps for all device that you want to update.

Although downloading drivers by using Device Manager is simple, we have to mention that Device Manager doesn’t always download the latest drivers. In fact, it’s usually better that you download the necessary drivers manually, and you can do that by visiting your hardware manufacturer’s website and downloading 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 2 – Remove the problematic software

These types of errors can often be caused by your software, therefore it’s important that you find and remove any software that can cause this error. These errors are most commonly caused by your antivirus, and if you want to fix MANUALLY_INITIATED_CRASH BSoD error we advise you to temporarily remove all third-party antivirus programs. It’s important to know that Windows 10 comes with it’s own antivirus program, so even if you delete all third-party antivirus programs, you computer won’t be without any protection.

To completely remove an antivirus program from your PC, we advise you to use dedicated removal tool. Many antivirus programs tend to leave certain files behind after you remove them, and those files can cause BSoD errors to appear, therefore it’s advised that you remove them. Easiest way to do that is to use dedicated removal tool, and you can download this tool for your antivirus program directly from your antivirus developer’s website.

We have to mention that certain drivers can cause this error too, and you might have to remove them in order to fix this error. According to users, removing keyboard and processor drivers can sometimes fix this error, so you might want to try that. To remove a certain driver, do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + X and choose Device Manager from the menu.
  2. When Device Manager opens, locate the driver you wish to uninstall, right click it and choose Uninstall. Click OK to confirm.

After uninstalling a driver, Windows 10 will install the default driver instead. If the default driver works, you can continue using it, or you can update it to the newer version.

Solution 3 – Use System Restore

Sometimes the best way to fix BSoD errors is to use System Restore. Using System Restore is easy, and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Restart your computer few times during the boot in order to start Automatic Repair.
  2. Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > System Restore.
  3. Select your username and enter your password.
  4. Select Choose a different restore point and click Next.
  5. Select restore point that you wish to return to and click Next.
  6. Wait for the restore process to finish.

Solution 4 – Perform Windows 10 reset

If the MANUALLY_INITIATED_CRASH error is caused by third-party software, you can fix it by performing Windows 10 reset. Before you do that you should know that this process will delete all files from your C partition, so be sure to back them up. You might also need a bootable USB flash drive with Windows 10 to complete this process, so keep that in mind. To reset Windows 10, do the following:

  1. Start Automatic Repair by restarting your computer few times during the boot sequence.
  2. Choose Troubleshoot > Reset this PC > Remove everything. During this step you might be asked to insert Windows 10 installation media, so be sure to do that.
  3. Choose Only the drive where Windows is installed > Just remove my files. Click the Reset button.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Windows 10 reset.

After the reset process is complete, you’ll have a clean installation of Windows 10. If the error appears again, it means that is caused by your hardware.

Solution 5 – Check if your hardware is working properly

Blue Screen of Death errors are often caused by hardware, and if you’re getting MANUALLY_INITIATED_CRASH BSoD error, we strongly advise you to check your hardware. Be sure to check your RAM first, and then move to other major components. Several users reported that this issue was caused by faulty motherboard, so be sure to check and replace your motherboard.

Solution 6  – Run the Hardware Troubleshooter 

If none of the previous solutions resolved the problem, we’re going to turn to built-in troubleshooting tools. The first tool we’re going to try is Windows 10‘s built-in troubleshooter. You can use this tool to resolve various issues, including the BSOD problems.

Here’s how to run Windows 10‘s troubleshooting tool:

  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 7 – Run DISM

The next troubleshooter we’re going to try is the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM). As its name says, this tool deploys the system image all over again, so it might resolve the BSOD issue on the way.

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 8 – Run the SFC scan

And finally, the last troubleshooting tool we’re going to try is the SFC scan. This tool scans your system for potential issues and resolves them, if possible. So, if none of the previous solutions resolved the BSOD error, we hope you’ll have more luck with the SFC scan.

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.

MANUALLY_INITIATED_CRASH BSoD error can cause you many problems, 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 June 2016 and was revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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