The way to Use Driver Verifier to Repair Frequent Bluescreen Errors in Home windows 10

Windows includes a number of built-in tools that you can use to diagnose and fix common problems. While most people are familiar with these troubleshooting techniques, there are some that can be swept under the rug. Driver Verifier is one of those lesser known utilities.

How to Fix Your Windows 10 Errors Using Driver Verifier.

What is Driver Verifier?

Driver Verifier, as the name suggests, is a utility that you can use to find out which driver is malfunctioning. In contrast to SFC, CHDSK and other troubleshooting utilities, the problem is not fixed, but rather it is narrowed down whether and which driver is responsible for the error. This isn't a new utility either; it's been around since Windows 2000.

The reason for the relative obscurity is that it is mainly used by developers as a tool for testing new drivers.

Precautions Before Running the Utility

Driver Verifier subjects the computer to various stress tests. You should note that there have been reports of bricking systems as well.

However, there are some precautions users can take to prevent this from happening:

  1. Remember to only use it after you have exhausted ALL of your other options to diagnose a blue screen error.

  2. It is recommended not to use it in Safe Mode as Windows will not load all drivers in Safe Mode.

  3. We highly recommend creating a restore point and backing up important data in case things go south.

  4. Make sure you have administrator rights before running the utility.

Activate minidumps

Before running Driver Verifier, users should enable mini dumps. Minidumps (.DMP) are files in which Windows stores information about a crash and the events leading to it. Since Driver Verifier does not always show the faulty driver, all of this information is stored in a DMP file. This step is critical and shouldn't be overlooked.

Here's how users can enable minidumps:

  1. Press Windows key + R. to start the Run command. Art sysdm.cpl in the text box and press Enter.

  2. By doing Advanced Tab under Start and recovery, click on the settings

  3. Deactivate Restart automaticallyt.

  4. Under the Write down debugging information Select section Small dump (256 KB) from the drop down menu.

  5. Make sure the Small Dump directory is set to % SystemRoot% minidump

  6. Click OK and restart your computer.

Enable minidump in Windows 10

How to run Driver Verifier

After enabling minidumps, users can safely run Driver Verifier and diagnose the BSOD. Running Driver Verifier is pretty straightforward. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Enter in the Start menu search bar cmd and right click Command prompt> Run as administrator.

  2. In the console type tester and press Enter.

  3. The Driver Verifier application window opens.

  4. Choose Create custom settings (for code developers) and click Next.

  5. In the next window activate all options from the list except Randomized simulation with few resources and Checking the DDI conformity. Click on Continue.

  6. Now click on the Select driver names from a list Option and click Next.

  7. From the list of drivers, select all drivers except those from Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft does not recommend selecting all drivers and running the Driver Verifier utility.

  8. Click Finish.

Create custom settings verified by the driver

After following the steps above, users need to restart their computer and use it as normal.

Driver Verifier runs in the background and diagnoses the drivers. Wait for your system to crash or try again if some actions triggered the blue screen earlier. The driver check must crash to determine which driver has failed and caused the crash. Sometimes this can take up to seven hours so stay tuned.

Windows trigger BSOD feature

You can also make sure whether or not Driver Verifier is running by typing that Reviewer / Queries Command in an elevated command prompt. When the utility runs, the command prompt will return a list of the drivers and their status.

Reading DMP files

If your computer crashes, Driver Verifier will automatically save all of the crash information to a DMP file. You can either upload these files to Microsoft forums and wait for their response, or you can read them yourself using BlueScreenViewer software.

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How to read the DMP files:

  1. Download BlueScreenView here.

  2. Run the application and all DMP files will be automatically loaded from the C: Windows Minidump directory.

  3. Click on the latest dump file and scroll down the page until you get to the Caused by the driver Section.

  4. If you copy the file name, a quick internet search will reveal the device to which the driver is assigned.

  5. You can update the driver accordingly or undo the changes.

nirsoft bluescreenview bsod analysis

How to update a driver

The first step that users should take after finding out who is responsible for the crash is to update the driver. It's pretty simple, just follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows key + R. and enter run in command devmgmt.msc and press Enter.

  2. Navigate to the required device in the Device Manager and expand the menu.

  3. Right click the driver and click Update driver.

  4. Click on Automatically check for updated driver software and Windows will automatically download and install the latest drivers.

Device Manager Update Driver

Reset a driver

  1. Follow steps one and two mentioned in the section above to open it Device manager.

  2. Navigate to the driver you want, right click on it and click characteristics.

  3. Under the driver Click the tab Rollback driver.

  4. Restart your computer.

Resetting a display driver

Alternatively, you can avoid this whole ordeal by replacing already outdated drivers before they cause a problem.

How to stop the driver checking

As opposed to starting Driver Verifier, it is recommended that users stop it on their computer is started in safe mode.

This is because in Safe Mode all third party drivers were disabled and previously all Microsoft drivers were not selected before Driver Verifier was run. Therefore, Driver Verifier will have minimal to no effect on your system while in Safe Mode.

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How to boot into Safe Mode

Safe Mode Window in System Configuration

  1. Press Windows key + R. and enter msconfig in the run command.

  2. In the System Configuration window, click boot Tab.

  3. Check the Safe start Option and choose your settings.

  4. Apply the settings and restart your computer.

There are several other ways to boot in Safe Mode as well.

After booting in Safe Mode, there are two ways to turn off driver checking. This is done via the command prompt or the Driver Verifier Manager.

How to turn off driver checking from the command prompt

Reset the driver verification from the command prompt

  1. Enter in the Start menu search bar cmd and then right-click Command prompt> Run as administrator.

  2. In the console type Tester / reset and press Enter.

  3. Restart your computer normally.

Disable Driver Validation through Driver Validation Manager

Clear the driver verification manager settings

  1. Run Driver Verifier. You can refer to that Run Driver Verifier Section in this article for that.

  2. In the Driver Check window, select the option Delete existing settings and click finish.

  3. Restart your computer.

You can use the system configuration to then uncheck the box Safe start Option and restart your computer normally.

Checked and verified

Driver Verifier is a useful tool when an annoying blue screen error doesn't go away and it is difficult to narrow down the suspects. However, users should always be wary of the risks involved in using a powerful developer tool. Make sure to create a system restore point before running the Driver Verifier utility.

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