How to Fix 0xDEAD039E BSOD on Windows 10

Some Windows 1 users are getting frequent BSODs (Blue Screen of Death) during apparently random intervals. Upon checking the log of the critical crash, affected users are discovering the 0xdead039e error code. This problem seems to be much more frequent on Lenovo, Dell, and HP laptops.

0xdead039e Blue Screen of Death

After investigating this particular issue, it turns out that there are several different scenarios that might spawn this particular error code. Here’s a shortlist of potential culprits that might cause this behavior:

  • Unstable Windows 10 build – As it turns out, one reason that might prompt the apparition of this error is an outdated WIndows 10 build that’s partially incompatible with your wired/wireless network driver. In this case, you should be able to fix the problem by installing every pending Windows update and until you bring your OS version to the latest stable build.
  • Outdated or Incompatible Intel Dual-Band Wireless driver – According to a lot of affected users, this problem is often caused by inconsistency with the Dual-Band Wireless driver supplied by Intel. Since this driver is notoriously known for being very buggy on Windows 10, your only choice at fixing this instability is to update it to the latest version available or uninstalling it completely and allow the generic equivalent driver to take its place.
  • ‘Bloated’ Registry Hives – If you’re experiencing this type of BSOD crash on top of various performance issues while your computer is under heavy load, chances are you’re dealing with a classic case of ‘bloated’ registry hives. In this case, performing a Registry scan using CCleaner (or a similar utility) should allow you to fix the issue swiftly.
  • Outdated / Missing IME driver – If your system is reliant on Intel’s network drivers, chances are you might need to install or update the Intel Management Engine driver to allow your system to become stable. This fix was confirmed to be effective by a lot of users that were previously dealing with 0xdead039e BSODs.
  • System File corruption – Under certain circumstances, you might deal with this type of issue due to some type of system file corruption that is affecting the stability of your system. When all else fails, your only hope at fixing a software-related issue is to reset every Windows component with a Repair install or clean install procedure.

Now that you now every potential culprit, here’s a list of methods that other affected users have successfully used to fix the 0xdead039e error:

Method 1: Install every Pending Windows Update

According to some affected users, this problem might occur due to an unstable Windows 10 build that is triggering BSODs due to a partially incompatible wireless drive. Several affected users that found themselves in a similar scenario have reported that the 0xdead039e error stopped occurring once they installed every pending Windows Update using the official channels.

As it turns out, installing every pending Windows Update will also force your operating system to install the latest version of the generic network adapter drivers, which might end up fixing this issue.

So if this type of BSOD only occurs at fixed intervals, your first attempt at fixing the 0xdead039e error is to access the Windows Update function install every pending update. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do this:

  1. Open up a Run dialog box by pressing Windows key + R. Next, type “ms-settings:windowsupdate” inside the text box and press Enter to open up the Windows Update tab of the Settings tab.
    Accessing the Windows update screen
  2. Inside the Windows Update screen, move over to the right section of the screen and click on Check for Updates.
    Checking for Windows Updates
  3. Wait until the initial scan is complete, then go ahead and install every pending Windows update that is waiting to be installed on your computer.
    Note: Keep in mind that if you have a lot of pending Windows updates, you will be prompted to restart before you’ll be able to install every pending Windows update. In this case, restart as instructed, but make sure to return to this screen once the next startup is complete to complete the installation of the remaining updates.
  4. Finally, once you install every pending update, reboot your computer one final time and see if the critical crash with the 0xdead039e error code is still occurring.

In case the issue is still not resolved, move down to the next potential fix below.

Method 2: Updating / Uninstalling the Intel Dual-Band Wireless Driver

As it’s been documented by a lot of Microsoft technicians, you can also expect to see the 0xdead039e error occurring if the BSOD crash is caused by the Intel Wi-Fi Wireless driver. In this case, this problem is most likely occurring because the faulty driver is trying to access an improper memory address that forces the OS to crash to the BSOD screen.

This is known to occur due to an extremely buggy Intel wireless driver that’s known to malfunction on certain configurations.

If this scenario is applicable and you’re using an Intel driver for your wireless connections, you should be able to fix the problem either by updating the wireless driver from Intel or by uninstalling it completely and allowing the generic equivalent to taking its place.

Here’s a quick step by step guide on how to do this from Device Manager on your Windows 10 computer:

  1. Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Next, type ‘devmgmt.msc’ inside the text box, then press Enter to open up the Device Manager utility.
    Opening Device Manager via Run box
  2. Once you’re inside Device Manager, scroll down through the list of installed programs and expand the drop-down menu associated with Network Adapters.
  3. Inside the Networks Adapters category, locate the Intel Wireless driver. When you see it, right-click on it and choose Update Driver from the context menu.
    Updating the Wireless Driver
  4. Once you get to the first update screen, click on Search Automatically for updated driver software and wait until the utility searches for new driver versions that are compatible with your networking hardware.
    Search for Updated Driver software
  5. If a new version of the driver is available, follow the on-screen instructions to update to the Intel Wireless driver to the latest version available, then restart your computer at the end of this procedure.
  6. If this scan didn’t manage to find a new version of this driver, your only chance at making these critical BSOD crashes stop is by uninstalling the Intel driver completely and replace them with generic equivalents from Windows. To do this, right-click on the entry associated with your Intel Wireless driver and choose Uninstall device from the context menu.
    Uninstalling the Intel Wireless driver

    Note: Keep in mind that once this driver is uninstalled, you might lose access to the Internet temporarily. But once you restart your computer to allow your OS to replace the recently uninstalled rivers with generic equivalents.

In case this method didn’t allow you to fix the 0xdead039e error, move down to the next potential fix below.

Method 3: Cleaning ‘Bloated’ Registry Hives

According to some affected users that were previously encountering the same 0xdead039e error, this issue can also occur if you’re with a bloated registry hive that is causing your system to become unstable under heavy loads.

Registry hives of this kind are known to cause various performance issues and 0xdead039e errors in the system log. If this scenario is applicable, you should be able to fix the problem by cleaning the bloated registry hive internally or by using a 3rd party tool.

Since the internal method involves doing some sensitive changes that could just as easily break the boot-up sequence of your computer, we’re going to feature a guide that involves a 3rd party tool.

Using CCleaner to clean your Registry doesn’t involve any risk and can be performed without having to use a CMD terminal.

Here’s a quick step by step guide on using CCleaner to clean your bloated Registry hive and fix the 0xdead039e error:

  1. Open your default browser and navigate to the official download page of CCleaner.
  2. Once you’re on the correct page, wait until the download is complete.
    Downloading CCsetup

    Note: If the download doesn’t start automatically, click on the download hyperlink to force the download to start manually.

  3. Once the installer is successfully downloaded on your computer, double-click on it, then click Yes at the UAC (User Account Control) to grant admin access, then follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
    Installing Ccleaner
  4. Once the installation is complete, open Ccleaner and click on the Registry icon from the left-hand section of the screen.
  5. Next, from the newly opened Registry tab, click on Scan for issues and wait for the operation to complete.
    Scanning the Registry
  6. Once the operation is complete, you’ll be presented with a list of Registry keys that need to be cleaned. Accept every proposed modification and wait for the cleanup operation to complete.
  7. Finally, restart your computer and monitor the situation starting with the next boot-up sequence to see if the 0xdead039e error code is now fixed.

In case you are still getting the same type of BSOD, move down to the next method below.

Method 4: Updating the Intel Management Engine Driver (if applicable)

According to some affected users, this issue can also occur due to an inconsistency having to do with the Intel Management Engine. In most documented cases, this issue is either occurring because this driver is missing completely or you’re using an outdated version that’s not fully compatible with your Windows 10 installation.

Several affected users that were previously facing the same issue have confirmed that the 0xdead039e error stopped occurring entirely after they’ve successfully installed or updated the latest version of the IME (Intel Management Engine) driver.

Here’s a quick step by step guide on how to do this:

  1. Open your default browser and download the latest version of the IME driver from the official download page.
  2. Once you’re inside, click on Install & Setup button, then navigate to the Drivers and Download section and click on Intel Management Engine Driver for Windows 8.1 and Windows 01.
  3. After you get to the next screen, click on the download button from the top-left section of the screen. Once the download is complete, use an extraction utility like WinZip or 7Zip to extract the zip archive, then click on the installation executable and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation of the IME (Intel Management Engine) driver.
  4. Once the installation is complete, restart your computer and see if the problem is fixed once the next startup is complete.
Installing the IME driver

If this scenario is not applicable or you’ve already followed this potential fix with no results, move down to the final fix below.

Method 5: Resetting every Windows Component

If none of the methods above have worked for you, it’s very likely that you’re dealing with some type of underlying system file corruption (if the problem is not hardware-related).

If you suspect you might be dealing with some kind of system corruption, the only thing you can do at this point is to reset every relevant OS component that’s related to your current Windows installation.

And when it comes to doing this, there are 2 different methods that will allow you to do this:

  • Repair installThis is the ideal way of resetting every relevant Windows component since it allows you to do this without touching any of your personal files present on the OS drive. However, the main drawback is that this procedure is quite tedious and you’ll be required to use compatible installation media to perform this operation.

  • Clean installThis is the easiest procedure since it can be initiated directly from the GUI menu of your Windows 10 installation. However, unless you manage to back up your data in advance, expect to lose every personal data on the OS drive (applications, games, personal media, documents, etc.)
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