There is a wide range of Blue Screen of Death errors that can affect your Windows 10 PC. These errors always restart your PC in order to prevent damage, and since these errors are rather serious, it’s your priority to fix them. Fixing these errors isn’t as hard as you think, and today we’re going to show you how to fix REGISTRY_ERROR BSoD.
How to fix Registry Error BSoD error on Windows 10?
- Update Windows 10
- Update your drivers
- Run the BSOD Troubleshooter
- Run the SFC scan
- Run DISM
- Check the hard drive
- Uninstall problematic applications
- Check if System Maintenance is working correctly
- Install an older graphics card driver
- Perform System Restore / Windows 10 reset
- Check your hardware
1. Update Windows 10
Keeping up with latest updates is crucial if you want your Windows 10 to be stable and error-free. Many BSoD errors are caused by hardware and software incompatibility issues, therefore it’s crucial to perform Windows Update regularly. By downloading the newest updates, you’ll be sure that your system is safe and stable, and you’ll prevent REGISTRY_ERROR and other BSoD errors from appearing.
2. Update your drivers
Every operating system relies heavily on drivers, and since outdated or corrupted drivers can often cause BSoD errors, it’s crucial to update them regularly. Updating your drivers is fairly simple, and in order to do that you just need to visit your hardware manufacturer and download the latest drivers for your hardware. In order to fix REGISTRY_ERROR BSoD error, you’ll have to update as many drivers as you can, and that can sometimes become long and tiresome process.
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- Once installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically.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.
3. Run the BSOD Troubleshooter
If updating Windows and drivers didn’t get the job done, we’re going to try Windows 10’s built-in troubleshooter. This tool can be helpful when dealing with all sorts of issues, including the REGISTRY_ERROR error.
Here’s how to run Windows 10’s troubleshooter:
- 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.
4. Run the SFC scan
The next troubleshooter we’re going to seek help from is the SFC scan. This command line tool scans your system in search for various problems, and automatically resolves them. So, it might be helpful wen dealing with the BSOD issues.
Here’s how to run the SFC scan in Windows 10:
- 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.
5. Run DISM
DISM is yet another command-line troubleshooter that we can use if the previous ones failed to resolve the issue. In fact, DISM might be the most powerful troubleshooter, because it freshly deploys the system image.
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:\Sources\Install.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.
6. Check the hard drive
- Enter the Advanced Startup (Restart your computer while holding the Shift key).
- Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced Options.
- Select Command Prompt from the list of options.
- 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
- 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):
This is just our example, so keep in mind that you have to perform chkdsk command for every hard drive partition that you have.
- Restart your computer and check if the issue is resolved.
7. Uninstall problematic applications
Users reported that certain applications, such as Deamon Tools can cause REGISTRY_ERROR to appear. In order to fix this error, you’ll have to completely remove the aforementioned software. Bear in mind that almost any software can cause this issue, so be sure to remove any software that you installed recently.
It’s also worth mentioning that your antivirus software can also cause these types of errors. Almost any antivirus software can cause REGISTRY_ERROR, so be sure to remove all antivirus software except Windows Defender. To completely remove a certain antivirus software, you’ll need to use a dedicated removal tool. Many security companies host these tools on their website, so be sure to download and use that tool to remove your antivirus software.
If the problem is fixed by removing your antivirus, you can now download the latest version of the software you were using or you can switch to a different antivirus software.
8. Check if System Maintenance is working correctly
Users claim that REGISTRY_ERROR BSoD appears after leaving their computer idle for couple of minutes. This means that the problem is probably caused by System Maintenance, so let’s check if System Maintenance is working properly. To do that, follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key + S and enter maintenance. Select Security and Maintenance from the list of results.
- Expand Maintenance section and click on Start maintenance. If you get BSoD error it means that System Maintenance doesn’t work, therefore you’ll have to disable it.
Disabling System Maintenance is relatively simple and you can do it by following these steps:
- Press Windows Key + R. Enter regedit and press Enter or click OK.
- Registry Editor will open. Navigate to the following key in the left pane:
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\Maintenance
- If MaintenanceDisabled DWORD isn’t available in right pane, create it. Simply right click the empty space, choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value and enter MaintenanceDisabled as the name.
- Double click the MaintenanceDisabled and set Value data to 1. Click OK to save changes.
Bear in mind that this is just a workaround, but your PC should now be stable and without REGISTRY_ERROR BSoD error.
9. Install an older graphics card driver
Few users reported problems with latest Nvidia graphic card driver, and according to them, latest drivers were the cause of REGISTRY_ERROR. In order to fix this problem, you’ll have to uninstall your graphic card driver and install the older version. To do that, follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key + X to open Power User Menu. Select Device Manager from the list.
- When Device Manager opens, locate your graphic card, right click it and choose Uninstall.
- If available check Delete the driver software for this device and click OK.
- After the driver is uninstalled, restart your computer.
Now you just need to download the older version of the driver for your graphic card. Although Nvidia users reported this problem, this solution might be helpful for AMD owners as well, so if you have AMD graphic card, be sure to try this solution.
10. Perform System Restore / Windows 10 reset
If the issue is caused by a software problem, you should be able to fix it by performing a System Restore. To do that, follow these steps:
- Restart your computer few times while it boots. This will start Automatic Repair process.
- Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > System Restore.
- Enter your username and password and select the restore point.
- Follow the instructions in order to complete System Restore.
If System Restore didn’t fix the problem, you might have to reset Windows 10. By resetting Windows 10 you’ll delete all files and folders from your C drive, so be sure to create a backup. To reset Windows 10, do the following:
- Start Automatic Repair process by restarting your PC couple of times while it boots.
- Select Troubleshoot > Reset this PC.
- Select Remove Everything > Only the drive where Windows is installed > Just remove my files.
- Wait for the process to finish.
Resetting Windows 10 will delete all files and folders and reinstall Windows 10, so most software causes for REGISTRY_ERROR will be removed. If the error still occurs, it’s most likely a hardware issue.
11. Check your hardware
RAM is the often cause for many BSoD errors, and if you’re having REGISTRY_ERROR BSoD be sure to check if your RAM is working properly with a tool such as MemTest86+. If your RAM is working correctly, check other components such as your motherboard, hard drive, graphic card, etc.
In addition, be sure to remove or replace any recently installed hardware. Sometimes new hardware might not be fully compatible with your PC, so be sure to remove it and check if your PC works without it.
REGISTRY_ERROR BSoD can be problematic, but in most cases you can fix this error by finding the software that is causing it, or by performing a Windows 10 reset.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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