Almost every one of us spend quite a bit of time on our computer daily. But, sometimes you might experience a Blue Screen of Death with the error message Kernel Data Inpage Error while using the computer. The error message will be shown on the Blue screen and you might also see the error code 0x0000007A as well. Keep in mind that this error isn’t specifically related to web surfing or any other task. The error message can pop up randomly with no pattern at all. You might be playing a game or performing some other task before experiencing this issue. Since it is a Blue Screen of Death message, your system will be crashed and you will have to reboot the system after seeing the error message.

This error indicates that the request paging file couldn’t be read into the memory. Don’t worry if you don’t understand what it means. All you have to know is that the problem can be caused by some problem in your hard disk or RAM. The problem can be from either software or hardware category. The drivers might also play a role in causing this issue. So, drivers are a suspect as well.

There are a few things that can be done to rectify this issue. So, go through all of the methods given below until your problem is resolved.

Get into Safe Mode (If you can’t get into Windows)

If you are one of those users who can’t even log in to Windows or can’t use the Windows for more than a few minutes then do the following

  1. Turn on your PC by pressing the power button
  2. Hold down the power button to turn off your pc
  3. Repeat the steps 1 and 2 at least 3 times to hard reboot your PC. Note: It might take more than 3 repetitions to hard reboot. Keep repeating these steps until you see the Please Wait on the screen
  4. You will see the Recovery menu once the hard reset is completed. Click See advanced repair options
  5. Click Troubleshoot
  6. Click Advanced options
  7. Click Startup Settings
  8. Click Restart
  9. You will see the Startup Settings screen once the reboot is completed. Look through the list and check which number is associated with the Enable Safe Mode option. It should be on the 4th. Press F4 key to get into the Safe Mode.

This will get you into the Safe Mode and, hopefully, you will be able to use the Windows for a significantly longer periods of time. You can now follow the steps given in the methods below.


  • The problem can be caused by a malware as well. So, make sure your system is scanned. Perform a thorough scan and not a Quick scan.
  • Make sure your hard disk and RAM are connected properly. BSODs can be caused by loose connections. Open the casing of your computer and check the components and their wires to make sure
  • If you are hearing unusual sounds from the hard disk especially when you experience a BSOD then your hard drive is most likely failing. Start your troubleshooting with the hard drive.

Method 1: Check Memory

Since the problem is related to memory and hard disk, the logical step would be to check your RAM and hard disk (covered in the next method) for any errors. We will check the RAM for both hardware and software issues. Usually, if you are getting a consistent error then that indicates a software issue. On the other hand, if your system is crashing with different errors then it usually means a hardware problem. So, start with the section that you think might be responsible for the issue.

Software Troubleshooting

You can check the computer memory problems via software. You can use the Windows own memory diagnostic tool or you can use a third party memory testing program. Although Windows own memory diagnostic tool isn’t as accurate but it is suitable for people who don’t want to try a third party application and do not have a lot of time (because Windows memory diagnostics is quick). However, we will recommend using the Memtest for checking your RAM. It takes a lot of time but gives really accurate results.

Windows Memory Diagnostic: The Windows Memory Diagnostic tool is a quick way to check your computer’s memory for any issues.

Here are the steps for using 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 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)

This will initiate the memory checking procedure. Windows will check the RAM on its own, you don’t have to do anything from this point forward. Once the checking process is done, you can get into Windows to see the results. These test will give you an idea about the health of your computer’s memory. If the results are bad then it’s time to replace your RAM.


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 checking the condition of your RAM. Go here and follow the steps in method 1 to check your RAM.

Hardware Troubleshooting

Perform the following steps to check your RAM for any hardware issues.

  1. Open the casing of your PC
  2. First of all, make sure there isn’t any dust settled around your components. Clean the motherboard as much as you can. Clean the components as well especially the RAM sticks. Take out every RAM one by one and clean every stick. Make sure the slots of the RAM are cleaned as well.
  3. Once done, put the RAM sticks back in their slots. Make sure they are properly fitted (you will hear a click sound)
  4. If you have a laptop then make sure the overall system is clean and there isn’t any dust especially in the fan area.

Since your system can have multiple RAM sticks, a lot of the times there’s just one RAM stick causing the issue. One of the quickest ways of checking your RAM sticks is to take out all the RAM sticks and insert them one by one. So, take out all the RAM sticks and insert only one and check if you see the error. Keep adding the sticks one after another. If you start seeing the error after inserting a specific RAM stick then that will be the faulty stick.

If nothing else works, you can simply try to run your PC with a new set of RAM (probably from another PC or from a friends PC) to see if the problem occurs. If the error doesn’t show up with the new set of RAM then you’ll know that the issue was in the RAM.

Method 2: Check Hard Drive

Checking the hard disk for any problems is the next thing on the list. Windows provides its own tools to check your hard drive for issues. So, it only takes a few minutes to start the hard drive checking process.

Lucky for you, we already have a detailed step-by-step article on how to use the Chckdsk tool. Click here and follow the instructions given in the article to check your hard disk for errors.

Method 3: Set Paging to Automatic

The problem can also be caused by the Paging File Management set to Manual. Setting your Paging to automatic resolves the issue in this case.

Follow the steps given below to set your Paging to automatic.

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

  1. Click Advanced tab
  2. Click Settings in the Performance section

  1. Click Advanced tab
  2. Click Change… in the Virtual Memory section

  1. Check the option Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.
  2. Click Ok

Once done, check if the problem persists.

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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