THREAD STUCK IN DEVICE DRIVER error in Windows 10 [FIXED]

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Blue screen errors, technically called stop errors, are a sign that Windows suffers a serious problem.
  • Getting the THREAD STUCK IN DEVICE DRIVER error? Act fast since this usually results in a BSoD crash.
  • Fixing this issue is not an impossible task. You just need to update your drivers, run the BSoD Troubleshooter or try out other quick fixes.
  • This isn’t the only problem you may have on your computer. In case of looking for more useful guides like this one, waste no more time and head over to our detailed Windows 10 errors hub.
Fix THREAD STUCK IN DEVICE DRIVER error

Blue Screen of Death errors can be quite serious since they are caused by software or faulty hardware. Although these errors aren’t that common, it’s important to know how to fix them.

Therefore today we’re going to show you how to fix the THREAD STUCK IN DEVICE DRIVER_M error on Windows 10.

How can I fix the THREAD STUCK IN DEVICE DRIVER error?

1. Update your drivers

Blue Screen of Death errors can be caused by outdated or buggy drivers, therefore in order to fix THREAD STUCK IN DEVICE DRIVER M and many other BSoD errors, it’s important that you update your drivers.

Windows 10 relies heavily on drivers in order to work with your hardware, therefore it’s crucial that your drivers are up to date and compatible with Windows 10.

To update your drivers you can use Device Manager by following these steps:

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

Updating drivers with Device Manager is fairly simple, but you should know that the Device Manager doesn’t always download the latest drivers for your device.

To ensure that you have the latest drivers, we strongly advise that you download your drivers manually.

To update drivers manually you just need to visit your hardware manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your device. Bear in mind that you might need to update all your drivers in order to fix this error.

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.


Did you know that the majority of Windows 10 users have outdated drivers? Be a step ahead using this guide.


2. Run the BSoD Troubleshooter 

If none of the previous solutions resolved the issue, let’s try a few troubleshooting tools. The first troubleshooter we’re going to try is Windows 10’s built-in BSoD troubleshooter.

As you can probably tell, this tool can address all sorts of BSoD problems. Hopefully, the THREAD STUCK IN DEVICE DRIVER M error is one of them.

Here’s how to run Windows 10’s built-in BSOD troubleshooter:

  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.THREAD STUCK IN DEVICE_DRIVER M Windows 10 error
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the troubleshooter.

3. Run the SFC scan

The next troubleshooting tool we’re going to try here is the SFC scan. This is a command-line tool that scans your system for corrupt files and repairs them.

So, if a corrupt system file is the reason you’re getting the THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER_M, the SFC scan will likely resolve the problem.

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.THREAD STUCK IN DEVICE_DRIVER M Windows 10 error
  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.

4. Run DISM

Another troubleshooting option we’re going to try here is DISM. Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is a tool that re-deploys the system image.

That can usually lead to resolving various problems, including 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 /RestoreHealthTHREAD STUCK IN DEVICE_DRIVER M Windows 10 error
  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.

Editor’s note: This article continues on the next page with more solutions to fix THREAD STUCK IN DEVICE DRIVER. Check our dedicated section on Windows 10 Errors for more useful guides.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in July 2016 and was revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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