FULL FIX: NO MORE IRP STACK LOCATIONS error in Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • To avoid any BSoD errors, you need to keep your Windows 10 up-to-date. So use the Windows Update regularly because Microsoft issues a lot of patches and fixes that might solve this kind of errors.
  • The next thing to do is to update the drivers for your hardware. BSoDs signal problems with your hardware but a poorly written driver can also do that.
  • We have a special section dedicated to Troubleshooting BSoD errors. Bookmark it because it can be a lifesaver in these delicate moments.
  • If you're an adult, it's highly improbable that you didn't see a Windows 10 error. Check our Windows 10 errors Hub because it can be an important source of solutions.
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Solution 5 – Check the hard drive

If there’s something wrong with your hard drive, BSOD issues are quite possible. So, go and run a command that will test the state of your hard drive, and provide a solution (if possible).

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.

Solution 6 – Uninstall your antivirus software

It’s not uncommon for antivirus software to cause a BSoD error such as NO MORE IRP STACK LOCATIONS.

Many users confirmed that after uninstalling their antivirus software the BSoD error was completely resolved.

According to users, Total Defense, Avast, Kaspersky and Norton can cause this error to appear, and in order to fix this problem, you’ll have to remove the aforementioned software.

Bear in mind that antivirus software sometimes leaves certain registry entries and files behind, and even those files can cause BSoD error to manifest.

In order to completely remove an antivirus software, it’s recommended to use the dedicated uninstaller tools.

Many security companies offer dedicated uninstallers for their software, and you can download these tools for free.

Few users complained that they are unable to access Windows 10 at all due to NO MORE IRP STACK LOCATIONS error.

And if you can’t access Windows 10, you’ll have to remove your antivirus by using Safe Mode. To access Safe Mode, follow these steps:

  1. Restart your computer a few times while it boots to start the Automatic Repair process.
  2. Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings. Click Restart button.
  3. When your computer restarts again you’ll see a list of options. Press F5 or 5 to select Safe Mode with Networking.
  4. After you enter Safe Mode try to remove your antivirus software.

If the problem is fixed after uninstalling your antivirus software, you might want to install the newer version or try a different antivirus program.

We covered best Windows 10 antivirus programs not that long ago, so you might want to check them out.

Solution 7 – Reinstall your audio drivers

Few users reported that NO MORE IRP STACK LOCATIONS error was caused due to audio drivers, and in order to fix this error users had to remove and reinstall the audio driver.

To uninstall an audio driver you need to do the following:

  1. Start Device Manager. You can do that by pressing Windows Key + X and choosing Device Manager from the list.
  2. Once the Device Manager starts, locate your audio driver and right click it and choose Uninstall from the menu. If available, check Delete the driver software for this device and click OK.
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  3. After the driver is uninstalled, restart your computer.
  4. If the PC is stable and BSoD error is fixed you can continue using the default driver, or you can try and download the latest audio driver for your device.

Solution 8 – Check your hardware

If the problem still persists, you might want to check your hardware. A most common cause of BSoD error is your RAM memory, and you can test it by using MemTest86+.

Keep in mind that in order to get the accurate results you need to keep the testing process running for a couple of hours.

If your RAM is working properly, the problem might be caused by your hard drive, motherboard, or any other hardware component.

In addition to checking hardware, we strongly advise you to check if your hardware is properly connected and to make sure that there are no loose contacts.

If your computer is filled with dust, it’s also a good idea to clean it by using pressurized can of air.

Solution 9 – Reset Windows 10

If the NO MORE IRP STACK LOCATIONS error is caused by a software problem, resetting Windows 10 will probably fix it.

Keep in mind that resetting Windows 10 will delete all files and folders from your C drive, so make sure that you create a backup. To perform a Windows 10 reset, do the following:

  1. Restart your computer few times while Windows 10 boots. This will start Automatic Repair.
  2. Choose Troubleshoot > Reset this PC > Remove everything > Only the drive where Windows is installed.
  3. Follow the instructions in order to complete the reset process.

If the problem still persists even after you performed Windows 10 reset, the error is most likely caused by faulty hardware or hardware incompatibility.

NO MORE IRP STACK LOCATIONS error can cause you a fair amount of problems, but this error can be usually solved by removing your antivirus software.

If that solution doesn’t work for you, feel free to try any other solution from this article.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The NO MORE IRP STACK LOCATIONS error is a BSoD error that is usually tied to your antivirus software. Try removing it and see if the problem is solved.

  • This error can be solved usually if you remove your antivirus. But if the problem doesn’t go away, you can fix the problem using our full guide.

  • The BSoD error code is the code or message written in the blue screen that tells you exactly what is the problem with your computer and why the system crashed. Read about what can cause a BSoD error.

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