- The so called Screens of Death represent a critical error encountered by the operating system, which prevents it from functioning normally or from booting up properly. Common issues involve bad updates, disk issues or corrupt system files.
- If you encounter a boot error that complains about volsnap.sys the best thing to do is to run the recovery process or, in case of an update, to copy the volsnap.sys file from the backup and replace the current one. Other tips are included in the article.
- Curious about missing or corrupt system files? These are critical files so we have many articles on how to deal with them.
- For less critical but, still, annoying errors you might encounter we have an awesome Windows 10 errors hub filled with helpful articles.
Error volsnap.sys rarely occurs on Windows 10 computers. But when it does, it wreaks havoc.
Nowadays, these kinds of error are known as GSODs or Green Screen of Death errors. But the fact is that fixing the issues of Volsnap.sys errors on Windows 10 is fairly easy if you have the right tools.
How can I fix Volsnap.sys errors on Windows 10?
1. Disconnect all external devices
- Turn off your computer.
- Remove all external devices.
- Restart your computer. (If the PC starts normally, then the issue was caused by one of the devices attached through USB).
- In order to identify which of these devices caused the issue to appear, you can connect the removed devices one by one, and note the difference.
- If this method doesn’t solve your issue, please follow the next methods.
2. Run System File Checker (SFC) command
- Press Win+X keys on your keyboard -> select PowerShell (Admin).
- Inside the PowerShell window, type sfc /scannow -> press Enter.
- After this process is completed, you can close the PowerShell window and restart your PC.
- If this method didn’t solve your issue, run Windows in Safe Mode again, and follow the next method.
3. Update the drivers on your PC
- Press Win + X keys on your keyboard -> select Device Manager.
- Inside the Device Manager window -> select a device -> Right-click on it -> select Update driver -> Search automatically for updated driver software. (repeat these steps for each of the devices in the list).
- Restart your PC, and check to see if the issue is resolved.
4. Install the latest Windows Updates
- Press Win+X keys on your keyboard -> select Settings.
- Scroll down and select the option Update & Security.
- Click on the Check for updates button, and wait for Windows to install any files needed.
- After the update process is completed, restart your PC.
- Check to see if the issue is resolved.
In this article, we explored some of the best troubleshooting methods to fix the dreaded volsnap.sys error. Please make sure to follow the steps presented in this article closely, in order to avoid any other complications.
We would love to know if this guide helped you solve your GSOD problem. Please feel free to let us know by using the comment section below.
FAQ: Learn more about Windows boot errors
- Where is the boot file in Windows 10?
The BCD (System Boot Configuration Data) is stored in the folder Boot on the active partition. The path of the file is C:BootBCD .
- How do I fix Windows boot error?
The easiest way is to boot from your media (DVD or USB stick) and go to Repair your computer from the Windows Setup. Choosing Troubleshoot will let you select Command Prompt and then you will be able to execute these instructions: bootrec /fixmbr, bootrec /fixboot followed by bootrec /scanos and finally bootrec /rebuildbcd. One you exit the Command Prompt you will be able to return to your desktop.
- What causes a computer not to boot up?
There are two main causes: hardware issues or software issues. Hardware issues typically involve a broken power supply, a disconnected cable or a dead hard drive. Software issues are tied to missing or corrupt files in Windows which usually occur in case of malware or a setup gone bad. Many of these software issues can be solved in Windows Safe Mode and can be prevented with good antivirus protection.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.