Full Fix: UNEXPECTED KERNEL MODE_TRAP error in Windows 10

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  • If a bug or a serious error occurs, it might cause Windows to crash and the dreaded Blue Screen of Death to show on the screen. Usually other messages appear to help you identify the cause of the error.
  • An UNEXPECTED KERNEL MODE_TRAP is one issue that shows on the BSoD and it's mainly caused by a bad or outdated driver of one of your devices. Updating it should make the problem disappear.
  • Unfortunately, Blue Screen of Death appearances are not that uncommon. That's why our BSoD fix hub can be very useful when you encounter one of them.
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Although many users have switched to Windows 10, it doesn’t mean that these users aren’t experiencing issues on Windows 10. One of the issues that users are experiencing on Windows 10 is UNEXPECTED KERNEL MODE TRAP error so let’s see if we can fix this issue.

UNEXPECTED KERNEL MODE TRAP is a Blue Screen of Death error that is caused by hardware failure or by the incompatible driver. If you didn’t have any of these issues on previous versions of Windows then the issue isn’t caused by hardware, it’s the probably incompatible driver.

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In some cases, this error can be caused if your component connectors are covered in dust, so you’ll need to remove them and clean them properly before connecting them again.

If your computer is under warranty or you don’t know how to do it, it’s best to hire an expert to do it for you. But if this issue started appearing after you’ve switched to Windows 10, it’s most likely a driver issue, so let’s see how to fix it.

UNEXPECTED KERNEL MODE TRAP can be an annoying error, and users reported the following issues as well:

  • Unexpected Kernel Mode Trap wdf01000.sys, win32kfull.sys, usbxhci.sys, nvlddmkm.sys, ntfs.sys, ndu.sys, netio.sys – In most cases, this error comes followed by the name of the file that is causing it. The most common cause is a certain driver or third-party software.
  • Unexpected Kernel Mode Trap overclock – This error can also appear when overclocking your PC. To fix it, it’s advised to remove all overclock settings.
  • Unexpected Kernel Mode Trap ESET Smart Security, AVG, Avast, McAfee – According to users, this error can be caused by your security software. Many users reported this issue while using AVG, Avast, and McAfee.
  • Unexpected Kernel Mode Trap RAM – Hardware issues can also cause this problem to appear. In most cases, the cause for this error is your RAM.
  • Unexpected Kernel Mode Trap after Windows update – In several cases, users reported this problem after a Windows update. To fix this problem, you’ll need to uninstall the problematic update.
  • Virtualbox Unexpected Kernel Mode Trap – This issue can appear on your PC, but it can also appear while using virtualization software. Users reported this issue on both Virtualbox and VMWare.
  • Unexpected Kernel Mode Trap BSOD – This error is always followed by a Blue Screen of Death and a restart. Even though this is an annoying problem, you should be able to fix it with our solutions.

How to Fix UNEXPECTED KERNEL MODE TRAP error in Windows 10

Table of contents:

  1. Remove the problematic driver
  2. Run the BSOD Troubleshooter
  3. Run the SFC scan
  4. Run DISM
  5. Disable uninstall your security software
  6. Install the latest updates
  7. Use chkdsk command
  8. Remove your graphics card driver
  9. Check if your cables are properly connected
  10. Check your RAM
  11. Reset Windows 10

Solution 1 – Remove the problematic driver

This issue can be caused by all sorts of drivers, but some users claim to uninstall your Bluetooth, Wireless, & Intel RST(Intel Rapid Storage Technology). We have to warn you that this issue can be caused by another driver, it doesn’t have to be related to Bluetooth or Wireless drivers, but they are often the main causes of this issue.

  1. Enter the Advanced Startup. The easiest way to do this is to go to the Start Menu and click the restart button while holding Shift on your keyboard, but if you can’t get to Windows 10 you should eventually see an option to enter Advanced Startup after a few restarts.
  2. In Advanced Startup choose Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings.
  3. You should see an option to enter Safe Mode.
  4. When you enter Safe Mode, go to Device Manager.
  5. In Device Manager locate the problematic driver, right click and choose Uninstall.
    uninstall device driver manager

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 Updaterdriver updater starting window
  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 thing we’re going to try is running Windows 10‘s own troubleshooting tool. This tool can be used for dealing with various system problems, including BSOD issues. So, it might help with the UNEXPECTED KERNEL MODE TRAP issue, as well.

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Here’s how to run Windows 10‘s troubleshooting tool:

  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.bsod troubleshooter
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the troubleshooter.

Solution 3 – Run the SFC scan

The SFC scan is another troubleshooter we’re going to try here. This is a command-line tool that scans your system for potentially broken files and repairs them (if possible). Repairing corrupt system files can resolve BSOD issues like the UNEXPECTED KERNEL MODE TRAP error. So, running the SFC scan is definitely worth trying.

Here’s how to run the SFC scan in Windows 10:

  1. Right-click the Start Menu button, and open Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Enter the following line and press Enter: sfc/scannowsfc
  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.

Editor’s Note: Continue reading the article on the next page for more solutions to fix UNEXPECTED KERNEL MODE_TRAP error in Windows 10.

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