Fix: Faulty Hardware Corrupted Page

Blue Screen of Death, also known as a BSOD, surely is a nightmare for everyone. Each and every one of us has seen a blue screen of death during our time of using Windows. Even though the BSOD is the same thing, i.e. you see a blue screen and your restarts, these BSODs come with a wide range of error messages that can help us get to the root of the error. One of these error messages that you will see on the Blue Screen of Death is the Faulty Hardware Corrupted Page. This error message will be shown on the bottom right corner of the screen. Of course, just like any other BSOD, it can happen at any time or during a specific activity and it will restart your computer. However, a BSOD with a Faulty Hardware Corrupted Page error won’t do anything else other than an inconvenient Blue Screen of Death.

There can be many reasons for this BSOD with a Faulty Hardware Corrupted Page message. If the problem happened right after an update or upgrade to Windows 10 then it is highly likely that the issue is caused by either Microsoft’s end, which they will solve in an upcoming update, or because of incompatible drivers. Most of the BSODs are actually caused by incompatible drivers and if you recently upgraded to Windows 10 then the chances of having an incompatible driver is really high as well. This specific BSOD with a Faulty Hardware Corrupted Page message is generally caused by either a faulty driver or a faulty RAM.

Since there are many things that can cause this issue, there are multiple methods mentioned below to solve this error. So, go through each method until the problem is solved.

Tips

  • The problem can be caused by faulty hardware. So, if you recently installed new hardware on your system then it is recommended that you remove that hardware and check if the BSOD occurs or not.
  • Since the problem can be caused by faulty drivers, there is a chance that your computer might be infected. This is highly unlikely but isn’t entirely out of the question. So, it is advised that you perform a full scan of the system before following the methods given below. If you don’t have an antivirus program installed on your machine then we will recommend Malwarebytes. It is a very popular and very good anti-malware software that is trusted by many. You can get it by clicking here and download a free version.

Method 1: Update Drivers

The first thing that you should do is to update the drivers especially the Display Drivers. This should be your priority especially if the problem started after a Windows 10 upgrade. Updating your drivers is pretty easy and takes only a few minutes.

Follow the steps given below to update your drivers.

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter

  1. Locate and double click Display Drivers
  2. Right-click your Display Device and select Update Driver Software…

  1. Select Search automatically for updated driver software

  1. Wait for the PC to search for an updated version of your device driver. If it finds one, you will be able to update the driver without any problem. If it doesn’t then move to the next step
  2. Close the Update Driver Software window
  3. You should be back at your Device Manager Double click your Display Device
  4. Select Driver tab

  1. Keep this window open or write down the driver version
  2. Open a web browser and go to your Display Driver’s manufacturer’s website. Search your Display Device driver and check if they have a new driver version available for your device. If they do, download the newer version
  3. Go back to the Device Manager window
  4. Right-click your Display Device and select Update Driver Software…

  1. Click Browse my computer for driver software

  1. Click Browse

  1. Navigate to the location where you downloaded the latest driver version and select it. Click Open
  2. Click Next and follow any additional on-screen instructions.

Once you are done, restart your computer and check if the BSOD shows up again.

If this doesn’t work then you should uninstall your drivers and rely on Windows to handle it. Windows, basically, install the most suitable drivers automatically if it doesn’t find any installed drivers for your device. Since Windows has its own generic drivers, it’s not a bad idea to uninstall your drivers and let Windows handle the drivers.

Follow the steps given below and see if this works

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter

  1. Locate and double click Display Drivers
  2. Right-click your Display Device and select Uninstall

  1. Confirm any additional prompts

Once the driver is uninstalled, restart the PC. Windows will automatically install a generic driver on the restart. Check if the problem persists after these steps. If there are no BSODs then that means the problem was with your drivers. You can either keep the generic ones or try to install an older version of the driver provided by your manufacturer (since the latest version was causing the BSOD).

Method 2: Turn off Fast Startup

Turning off fast startup works for a lot of users as well. This option, basically, makes your computer startup a lot quicker as compared to a normal startup. This can create problems because the fast startup might not be giving your drivers or programs enough time to load up properly.

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type powercfg.cpl and press Enter

  1. Click Choose what the power button does

  1. Click Change settings that are currently unavailable

  1. Uncheck the option that says Turn on fast startup (recommended). It should be under the Shutdown Settings
  2. Click Save Changes

Restart your PC and check if the error is still there or not.

Method 3: Using SFC and DISM to fix Corrupted Window Files

You can use Windows built-in repair commands such as SFC and DISM to get this issue resolved. These commands will fix the corrupted drivers and files of your Windows. To execute these commands properly, follow these steps below:-

  1. Press and hold the Windows key then press X, click “Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin)“.
  2. Type the following command and press enter:-
    sfc /scannow
  3. Wait for the process to finish and then restart your computer.
  4. Wait and check to see if the issue persists. If it does persist you will have to use DISM Command.
  5. Open Command Prompt as admin again then type the following command and press enter:
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  6. Wait for the process to finish and check to see if the issue persists.

Method 4: Restore Point

If you are fortunate enough that you have made a restore point before having this issue then you can fully restore your Previous state of Windows. Simply follow the steps shown below if you have created a Restore point before.

  1. Press and hold the Windows key then press R to open the Run program.
  2. Type “rstrui.exe” and then press enter.
    Opening System Restore
  3. Once the System Restore is opened, click “Choose a different restore point” then press Next.

    Restoring
  4. Select the appropriate restore point and then proceed to restore your Windows.

Method 5: Check RAM

A lot of users have solved this problem by checking the RAM and taking out or replacing the faulty RAM. In the majority of the cases, there was a faulty RAM. So, it’s advised to check your RAM as well.

The first thing that you should do is to take out the RAM, clean the RAM, make sure there isn’t any dust in the slots, and put the RAM back. Make sure the RAM is properly connected. Once done, turn on the system and check if the problem persists. If the problem is solved then consider yourself lucky as it was a simple troubleshooting process. But, if the problem is still there then get prepared to spend some time checking the RAM conditions with the help of the memtest.

Windows Memory Diagnostic

Since Memtest is a third-party tool and you might be hesitant to use it, you can use the Windows own built-in memory diagnostic tool for checking the memory. Although it isn’t seen as the most accurate tool when it comes to memory testing, however, it does provide some sort of diagnostics for your RAM. So, it is worth a try especially if you don’t want to jump right to the Memtest or if you don’t have a lot of time.

Follow the steps given below to start the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type mdsched and press Enter

  1. Click Restart now and check for problems (recommended)

Note: If it gives any errors or if it doesn’t work then follow the steps below

  1. Press the Windows key once
  2. Type Memory diagnostic tool in the Start Search

  1. Right-click Windows Memory Diagnostic from the search results and click Run as administrator
  2. Click Restart now and check for problems (recommended)

The Windows will restart automatically and the testing will begin. You will be able to see the testing and its results on the screen. Once the testing is finished, your computer will automatically restart and you will see the test results when you log on to Windows again. You will be able to determine whether your need to change your RAM or not from the test results.

Memtest

Memtest is basically a program that is used to test the conditions of your RAM. It takes a lot of time but it is quite useful in determining the condition of your RAM. Go to Your computer has a memory problem and follow the steps in method 1 to check your RAM.

Manual Testing

Since Memtest takes a lot of time, you also have another option if you aren’t patient enough and you have a spare RAM. You can replace your RAM with a new or another RAM (from another computer) and check if your system still gives the error. Make sure the RAM is in working condition and it is compatible with your system. If replacing your RAM works fine and doesn’t give the BSOD then your RAM is most likely the cause behind the issue. You can still use the Memtest just to make sure, though.

Once you are done testing, replace the RAM with a newer one or another working one (if the problem was caused by the RAM).

What to do next

  • If the problem started right after a Windows update then revert back to the older build and check if it solves the issue. You will have the option to revert back to the older build for 10 days. You can revert back from your Settings -> Update & Recovery options.
  • If nothing worked and you are certain that it isn’t a hardware issue then performing a System Restore is also an option. Keep in mind that you will only be able to do a system restore if you have a restore point. It’s best to perform a system restore to a point before the problem started. Note: A System Restore will erase all the data and changes you made after the point you are restoring to. So, do it at your own risk.
  • If the problem happens at a specific task then that might help you troubleshoot the issue. For example, if the problem happens during or after you play games then the most likely cause of the problem is heat or GPU problems. In that case, make sure your system is not overly heated. Check these articles: computer randomly restarts article and low CPU temperature article to get guidance on how to check your PC for overheating issues.
Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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