Fix: WDCSAM64_PREWIN8.SYS Core Isolation Turned Off

Drivers incompatibility often leads to this error on Windows

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  • SYS errors usually occur when enabling the Memory Integration of Core Isolation feature.
  • Note that it may be caused by corrupt system files and WD driver issues.
  • Removing the concerned driver and running an SFC scan are known to solve this problem, so don't hesitate to check our detailed procedures.  

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Features like Memory Integration of Core Isolation offer an excellent security system for your device. However, you may run into issues enabling it if some components are hindering the protocol of Core Isolation.

For example, it may prompt the WDCSAM64_PREWIN8.SYS error, indicating the WD driver impedes the process. Also, you can check our detailed guide about the Brusbsib.sys Incompatible Driver error and ways you can fix it.


WDCSAM64_PREWIN8.SYS is an old driver found in both Windows 10 and Windows 11. It is not an essential file in the computer, so its unavailability won’t cause any issues with the system.

Furthermore, WDCSAM64_PREWIN8.SYS is a driver from Western Digital Technologies. The driver can get installed on your PC if you have any Western Digital hard disk drive or other devices.

What causes WDCSAM64_PREWIN8.SYS?

The error message is: Core Isolation Memory Integrity Fails to Enable Because of Incompatible Driver WDCSAM64_PREWIN8.SYS. It can occur on your PC for numerous reasons, such as:

  • Corrupt system files – The error may result from corrupt system files that have infected drivers. Also, the system file responsible for the Core Isolation process might be corrupt.
  • Corrupt drivers – You may run into the WDCSAM64_PREWIN8.SYS incompatible driver error if the concerned driver is corrupt or outdated. That’s why you should learn how to easily fix driver issues in Windows 11.
  • Driver Incompatibility issues – The version of the driver running on your PC might be incompatible with the OS you have installed. So, it results in the WDCSAM64_PREWIN8.SYS error.

Rest assured that we’ll take you through some basic steps to resolve the error.

What can I do if WDCSAM64 PREWIN8.SYS Core Isolation is turned off?

Before attempting any advanced troubleshooting steps, try the following:

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If you can’t fix the problem, proceed with the following solutions:

1. Remove the driver using the DISM and PNPUtil tool

  1. Left-click the Start button, type Command Prompt, and click the Run as administrator option.
  2. Click Yes on the User Account Control (UAC) prompt.
  3. Copy this command and paste, then press Enter after each one: dism /online /get-drivers /format:table
  4. Under the Provider Name table, find the line containing the WDCSAM64_PREWIN8.SYS, then take note of the Published name.
  5. Type in the following command, replacing the Published name with the driver name, for example: pnputil /delete-driver oem46.inf /uninstall /force
  6. Restart your PC and check if the error persists.

Removing the driver can get rid of the interference it has with Memory Integrity. Check our guide on how to fix Command Prompt not working on your PC.

2. Update Windows Operating System

  1. Press Windows + I key to open the Windows Settings app.
  2. Click on Windows Update and click on Check for updates. If any updates are available, it will search for and install them.

Updating Windows will fix the bugs causing errors on your PC and resolve compatibility issues affecting the driver. Read about fixing Windows not connecting to update service if the error occurs on your PC.

3. Update the wdcsam64_prewin8.sys driver and other concerned drivers

  1. Press Windows + R keys to prompt the Run window, type devmgmt.msc, and click OK to open the Device Manager.
  2. Go to the View tab and click Show hidden devices.
  3. Find the device that has a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark inside it or the wdcsam64_prewin8.sys driver. Right-click on the device and select the Update driver option from the drop-down.
  4. Select the Search automatically for drivers option and wait till the update finishes.
  5. Restart your PC and check if the error persists.

Updating the driver will resolve compatibility issues and fix bugs causing it to impede the Memory integrity processes on your PC.

4. Run an SFC scan

  1. Left-click the Start button, type Command Prompt, and click the Run as administrator option.
  2. Click Yes on the User Account Control prompt.
  3. Type the following and press Enter: sfc /scannow 
  4. Restart your PC and check if the Windows update error persists.

Running an SFC scan will scan and repair corrupt system files causing the WDCSAM64_PREWIN8.SYS error.

Check how to fix the Run as administrator option if it’s not working on your PC. Alternatively, you may take a look at our guide on Wdcsam64.sys Memory Integrity Error on Windows 11 for more troubleshooting steps.

If you have any questions or suggestions, kindly drop them below in the comments section.

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