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How to Fix Bug Check 0xA: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
The IRQL error is a memory related error that often appears if a system process or a driver attempts to access a memory address without proper access rights.
The most common cause for this error is a corrupted system file that is required to boot the system.
Open the Command Prompt by clicking Start Menu --> All Programs --> Accessories, right-click on Command Prompt, and open it as an administrator. In Windows Vista and later versions of Window operating systems type cmd.exe into Start Screen or Start Menu, right-click on Cmd.exe, and open it as an administrator.
Type following command and press Enter key:
Above command will repair corrupted Windows system files.
Please type following command and press Enter key:
Chkdsk C: /f
Above command will fixes errors on the disk.
Another common cause is a newly installed faulty device driver. In that case, reverting to an old version of a driver would be the best solution.
This error can also be caused by a bad RAM module. The Memtest86+ bootable software that can be use to test RAM modules for errors, if there are any errors the bad RAM module needs to be replaced.
In some cases making sure your Windows OS has all the latest updates installed might fix the IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL error. Make sure your Automatic Updates option is turned on.
If the RQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL error is caused by a current running process, restart your Windows system using the clean boot method will allow you to troubleshoot if a current service or process is causing the error to appear.
With a clean boot only the necessary services and process that are required to operate Windows are started when you boot your computer.
Follow these steps:
1. Start Windows
2. Open Run dialog box. Windows users can press the Windows key and R Keys to open Run dialog box.
3. Type [c]msconfig[/c] and press Enter key.
4. Go to General tab and place a check mark for Selective Startup option.
5. Uncheck the Load startup items check box.
6. Go to Services tab.
7. Check Hide all Microsoft services check box from the bottom left corner of the window.
8. Click Disable all.
9. Click Apply and OK buttons.
10. Restart Windows.
To reset these changes and start your Windows normally, follow the same steps:
1. Go to the General tab.
2. Check the Normal Startup option.
3. Click OK button.
4. Restart your computer.
Another general fix for this error to remove all unnecessary hardware devices from your computer and test if it boots correctly. If it does, one of your hardware device might trigger the IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL error to appear.
Remove all the unnecessary hardware devices like peripherals, USB devices, and any other devices that your computer can run without.
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