FIX: NMI HARDWARE FAILURE errors on Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
Deputy Editor
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  • If there is one thing that Windows 10 users really hate about the OS, that's BSOD errors. 
  • NMI HARDWARE FAILURE is a BSOD error that occurs quite rarely, but when it does, it causes confusion and frustration among users. But this guide will show you how you can quickly fix it.
  • Despite their bad reputation, BSOD errors have a very useful role: they stop problematic processes before hardware damage occurs.
  • We covered all the BSOD error codes that can affect Windows 10, so be sure to bookmark this hub in case you need it later.

Blue Screen of Death errors, such as NMI HARDWARE FAILURE, can cause many problems on Windows 10. These types of errors will frequently restart your computer in order to prevent hardware damage. Therefore it’s crucial to know how to fix these types of errors.


  1. Make sure Windows 10 and all drivers are up to date
  2. Run the BSOD Troubleshooter
  3. Run the SFC scan
  4. Run DISM
  5. Check the hard drive
  6. Uninstall problematic software and your antivirus
  7. Use the bcdedit command
  8. Disable Early launch anti-malware protection
  9. Check for faulty hardware

Solution 1 – Make sure Windows 10 and all drivers are up to date

BSoD errors are often caused by certain hardware or software issues, and if you want to keep your Windows 10 system error-free, it’s highly advised that you update Windows 10 on a regular basis.

By using Windows Update you’ll download the latest security patches along with some new features. But most importantly, you’ll download many bug fixes that improve system stability.

These bug fixes often fix issues with certain hardware or software, therefore, if you wish to prevent BSoD errors such as NMI HARDWARE FAILURE, be sure to update Windows 10.

In addition to downloading Windows updates, it’s just as crucial to keep your drivers up to date. Drivers allow Windows 10 to recognize and utilize your hardware, and if a certain driver is outdated. If that driver doesn’t support Windows 10, that can cause Blue Screen of Death errors to appear.

To fix these types of errors it’s crucial to update your drivers. To do that you just need to visit your hardware manufacturer’s website and download the necessary drivers for your device. To completely fix Blue Screen of Death errors, be sure to update as many drivers as you can.

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 Updater
  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 – Run the BSOD Troubleshooter

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. 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.Troubleshooting BSoD
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the troubleshooter.

Solution 3 – Run the SFC scan

If the ‘unified’ troubleshooter failed to resolve the problem, we’re going to run the SFC scan. This tool scans your computer for potential issues, and delivers a solution, if possible. So, it might be helpful with the NMI HARDWARE FAILURE error, as well.

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/scannowrn 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.

FAQ: Learn more about NMI HARDWARE FAILURE errors

  • What is NMI hardware failure?

NMI failure is an error that occurs when users press the NMI switch on their computers. This issue can also be triggered by other hardware errors.

  • What does hardware failure mean?

Hardware failure means that something when wrong with the electronic circuits of a computer. Hardware malfunctions often require replacing the problematic parts with new ones.

  • What causes hardware failure?

Hardware failure issues are often triggered by power outages, high temperatures over a long period of time (due to CPU overclocking or using the computer in hot climates) and human errors, especially when users thinker with hardware parts trying to manually repair them.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page. Bookmark our hub dedicated to fixing Windows errors just in case you need to fix other issues later on.

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