- Several users have reported encountering the unexpected_store_exception error in Windows 11, a BSOD error that causes the OS to crash.
- To fix, try updating the OS and installed drivers, removing conflicting applications, running the SFC or Check Disk scan, amongst other fixes listed below.
- Also, learn all about BSOD errors and find out the ones you are likely to encounter in Windows 11.
BSOD or Blue Screen of Death errors are encountered when the OS crashes due to any reason. As the name suggests, these are followed by a blue screen with the stop code mentioned at the bottom. One of these is the unexpected_store_exception error in Windows 11.
The Unexpected Store Exception stop code indicates that the store components came across an unexpected exception. The stop code in itself doesn’t divulge much about the underlying issue, which is why we have dedicated this guide to resolving the error.
Before we head to the fixes, you must know the underlying causes behind the unexpected_store_exception error in Windows 11. With a basic understanding of these, you will be in a far better position to identify the problem and effectively troubleshoot it.
What causes the Unexpected Store Exception error in Windows 11?
There can be a bunch of issues that cause the unexpected_store_exception error in Windows 11, and we have listed them below.
- Problems with the hardware
- Corrupt system files
- Outdated drivers (generally hard drive and graphics)
- Conflicting applications
Of the four issues mentioned above, problems with the hard drive or graphics adapter, and conflicting applications are more likely to cause the BSOD error.
Let’s now walk you through the methods to eliminate the unexpected_store_exception error in Windows 11.
How can I fix the Unexpected Store Exception error in Windows 11?
1. Check system components
As mentioned above, one of the prime reasons behind the unexpected_store_exception error in Windows 11 is hardware issues. Check if the hard drive is properly connected to the system and there are no loose connections.
Also, ensure that the graphics adapter is firmly placed. Loose connections are also known to cause the BSOD error. Apart from these two, make sure all the other components are firmly connected and optimally placed to eliminate the error.
2. Update drivers
- Press Windows + S to launch the Search menu. Enter Device Manager in the text field at the top, and click on the relevant search result that appears.
- Double-click on the Display adapters entry to view the devices under it.
- Next, right-click on the graphics adapter and select Update driver from the context menu.
- Select Search automatically for drivers from the options that appear in the Update Drivers window.
- Windows will now search for the best available driver on the system and install it.
A driver is a critical piece of software that relays commands between the OS and the device. Running an outdated version of it is known to cause issues with the functioning of the device, thereby leading to the unexpected_store_exception error in Windows 11.
The Device Manager method listed above only looks for newer versions on the system which limits the possibility of finding one. In case it is unable to find an update, you can always look up the latest version in Windows Update or the manufacturer’s website and install it.
Once you are done updating the graphics driver, follow the same process to update the hard drive driver listed under Disk drives entry in Device Manager.
In case that sounds like too much trouble, you can always go with a reliable third-party app. We recommend using DriverFix, a dedicated tool that scans all available sources for driver updates and keeps the ones installed on your PC up-to-date.
3. Uninstall conflicting applications
- Press Windows + I to launch Settings, and select Apps from the tabs listed in the navigation pane on the left.
- Now, click on Apps & features on the right.
- Locate the conflicting (discussed later) app, click on the ellipsis next to it and select Uninstall from the menu.
- Click on Uninstall in the confirmation prompt that appears.
While uninstalling an app is simple, the real trick is to identify the conflicting ones that are to be removed. To do that, recollect when you first encountered the error and make a list of apps that were installer around the same period.
Then, you can start uninstalling them one at a time and check if the unexpected_store_exception error in Windows 11 is fixed. Also, it’s recommended that you start with the antivirus since it’s more likely to cause the problem.
4. Run the SFC and Check Disk scan
- Press Windows + S to launch the Search menu. Enter Windows Terminal in text field at the top, right-click on the relevant search result, and select Run as administrator from the context menu.
- Click Yes on the UAC (User Account Control) prompt that pops up.
- Now, click on the downward arrow at the top, and select Command Prompt from the options. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl + Shift + 2 to launch the Command Prompt tab in Windows Terminal.
- Type/paste the following command and hit Enter to run the SFC scan.
- Once the SFC scan is run, paste the following command and hit Enter to run the Check Disk utility.
- Press Y and then hit Enter.
- Now restart the computer for the Check Disk utility to run and fix problems with the system.
The SFC scan detects corrupt Windows system files, and if any are found, replaces them with their cached copy stored on the computer. If it’s unable to find any corruptions, you can try running the Check Disk utility.
Check Disk scans the whole hard drive for problems. Also, it identifies any bad sectors on the drive and tries either to fix them or commands the computer to not use them.
Once the system restarts, check if the unexpected_store_exception error in Windows 11 is eliminated.
5. Update Windows 11
- Press Windows + I to launch the Settings app, and select the Windows Update tab from the navigation pane on the left.
- Next, click on Check for updates to scan for any available newer versions of the OS.
- If any updates are available, download and install them.
6. Turn off Fast startup
- Press Windows + S to launch the Search menu. Enter Control Panel in the text field at the top and click on the relevant search result that appears.
- Click on System and Security.
- Next, click on Change what the power buttons do under Power Options.
- Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.
- Untick the checkbox for Turn on fast startup (recommended) and click on Save changes at the bottom.
The fast startup enables the PC to quickly boot when you turn it on by saving certain files during the last shut down. This way, when you turn on the computer, the number of files to be loaded is lesser, thus reducing the boot time.
But it’s also known to cause several problems, hence it’s recommended that you disable fast startup if you encounter the unexpected_store_exception error in Windows 11.
What are BSOD errors and which ones am I likely to encounter in Windows 11?
The BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) errors occur due to the abrupt termination of one or more critical processes causing the system to crash. If you encounter the error, the OS is to be reloaded and all unsaved data will be lost, which makes it all the more important to fix them.
Every BSOD error has a Stop Code or Check Value assigned to distinguish it from the others, and help you identify the underlying issue.
Many users have reported encountering Critical Process Died error so learning how to fix it once and for all is a very useful piece of information to have.
There are other cases in which if you could come across the Clock Watchdog Timeout error, which is another very annoying error, but can be fixed if the right path is followed.
That’s all there’s to unexpected_store_exception error in Windows 11 along with the most effective fixes for it.
In case you encountered it on the previous iteration, learn how to fix the unexpected_store_exception error in Windows 10.
Tell us which fix worked for you and the experience of Windows 11 thus far, in the comments section below.