Have you encountered the infamous “The computer has rebooted from bugcheck” error message? Also known as the “blue screen of death,” this error can be both frustrating and confusing.
In this article, we will discuss the meaning behind this error message, its causes and possible solutions.
Additionally, we will also provide suggestions on how to prevent the recurrence of this problem in the future.
Bugchecks, alternatively known as stop errors or kernel errors, are triggered when the operating system identifies an unrecoverable error.
In response to a bugcheck, the operating system will initiate a shutdown and restart sequence in an attempt to minimize further damage.
Also, we’ll provide an in-depth analysis of the underlying causes of bugchecks and offer practical solutions for their resolution.
In addition, we will share preventive measures that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of future occurrences.
By following our recommendations, you can ensure the smooth operation of your computer and avoid the inconvenience of unexpected shutdowns.
How to fix the error “The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck” ?
Using appropriate troubleshooting techniques, it is possible to fix a computer that has rebooted from BugCheck.
However, it is important to determine which software or application is responsible for the problem.
To repair a computer that is experiencing reboots due to the bugcheck, follow the following troubleshooting method:
Run a memory check
Running a memory check provides a list of issues on your computer the next time it restarts.
You can easily fix the repeated rebooting issue by either updating or removing problematic software or applications.
Follow below mentioned steps to run a memory check on your computer:
- Firstly open the Run feature on your Windows computer or laptop by pressing Window + R.
- Now, enter mdsched.exe in the field and click Ok.
- Then click on Restart now and check for problems (recommended).
- Subsequently, the computer will restart.
- Once the computer is booted again, it will show a list of problems in the system.
Update problematic drivers
Many times, the bug that causes your computer to reboot lies in the device driver.
Old device drivers can become incompatible with new software and hardware. Keeping most, if not all, of your device drivers up to date can help fix the bugcheck problem.”
Use the following steps to update a driver:
- Firstly press Window + R keys on your keyboard to open Run feature.
- Now enter devmgmt.msc in the text field then click Ok.
- Afterwards find and right click on the driver you want to update and click on Update driver
- Afterwards, select ‘Browse my computer for driver software’ and locate the update that you have already downloaded to your computer from the internet
- Subsequently follow the on-screen instructions for installing the update.
Uninstall problematic drivers
If updating the device driver doesn’t fix the problem, uninstalling the problematic driver can be a workaround.
You can determine if a driver is causing the problem by running a memory check or if you started experiencing the problem after installing that specific driver
Follow below mentioned steps to uninstall problematic drivers:
- Press Window + R keys on your keyboard to open the Run feature on your Windows computer or laptop.
- Then type to enter devmgmt.msc in the text box and click Ok.
- Now find the Driver you want to uninstall, right click on it then select Uninstall Device or Uninstall Driver depending on the driver.
- Subsequently follow the on-screen instructions and the driver will be uninstalled.
Use a restore point to restore to a state where problem was not introduced
You can create a restore point on your computer that you can use to restore to a previous version and settings if your computer encounters a problem.
If you or the system itself has created a restore point, use the following steps to restore the system to a previous state:
- Firstly press the Window or Start option on your desktop and search restore point in the search box and click the first option that is Create a restore point.
- In the system protection tab, click on System Restore.
- Subsequently, a new window will open, click Next.
- Select the restore point to which you want to restore your computer, then click ‘Next’. The chosen restore point must be from before the time when the problem was introduced into your system.
- Subsequently click Finish in the new window.
- Lastly, a warning message will appear, click Yes to confirm and start system restore process.
- However, if there is no restore point saved, you will have to restore it to the default settings.
Windows memory diagnostic tool
If you encounter BSOD issue on your computer, it may be due to insufficient system memory or bad RAM.
To determine whether this is the case, run the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool.
Before you proceed, check out our guide on ‘Windows could not prepare the computer for boot installation’ error.
- Type ‘Windows Memory Diagnostic‘ in the Windows search bar and open the app.
- Choose the option to ‘Restart and check for issues’.
- The test will start after system restart.
- Once completed, the system will restart and display the result.
- Follow any on-screen instructions, if necessary.
System files checking
You can also use the System File Checker (SFC) tool in Windows to check for problems with system files.
SFC checks the integrity of Windows system files and replaces any damaged data. Follow below mentioned steps to use this tool:
- Type ‘CMD’ in the Windows search bar.
- Click on it with the right mouse button and choose the ‘Run as administrator’ option.
- Type ‘sfc /scannow’ and press Enter.
- The system will initiate the verification phase of the scan.
- The tool will scan the device for any corrupted or damaged files.
- If any problems are detected, the tool will try to repair them.
DISM cleanup and restore health
You can use the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) utility to clean the image and restore its health.
Follow below mentioned steps to use DISM cleanup on your device:
- Launch Command Prompt as an administrator.
- Type ‘dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth’ and press Enter.
- The tool will scan the device, clean the image, and restore it to health.
- Please be aware that this process may take some time to complete.
You can use the CHKDSK (Check Disk) utility to verify a hard drive for file system problems on a Windows operating system.
This tool organizes your system data and checks and fixes any hard disk problems. Follow below mentioned steps to use this tool:
- Launch Command Prompt as an administrator.
- Type ‘chkdsk /f /x /r’ and press Enter.
- This command will check the disk for any errors and automatically fix them.
- If the volume is in use, you will be prompted to schedule a disk check for the next system restart.
- Press ‘Y’ and restart the device.
- Do not press any key and wait for the disk check to start.
Performing Disk Cleanup may help resolve the issue. Here’s how you can do it:
- Type “disk cleanup” in the search bar and select the relevant option.
- Select the disk you want to clean and select the files you want to delete.
- Click “OK,” and then click “Delete Files” to free up disk space and potentially resolve any related problems.
- Once you have completed the above mentioned steps, proceed to restart your device.
Updating Windows may also help resolve the issue. Here’s how you can do it:
- Right-click on the Start button and select “Settings” from the list.
- Select “Update & Security”.
- Navigate to the ‘Windows Update’ tab located on the left side of the screen.
- To initiate a Windows update, select the ‘Check for Updates’ option located in the right pane.
- If an update is available, follow the instructions to update your system.
Run Online BSOD troubleshooter
Another approach that we can take is to use the online BSOD troubleshooter provided by Microsoft.
Since this tool is specifically designed to address BSODs, and the Event ID problem is a result of the BSOD, it can be an effective solution in this instance.
Follow below mentioned steps to run online BSOD troubleshooter:
- Visit the Microsoft website and enter ‘Blue Screen of Death troubleshooter’ into the search bar.
- Click on the “Run the troubleshooter” button.
- The troubleshooter will ask you to select your operating system.
- Select your operating system and click on the “Next” button.
- The troubleshooter will scan your computer for problems that might be causing the BSOD.
- If the troubleshooter finds any problems, it will provide you with steps to fix them.
- Follow the steps provided by the troubleshooter to fix the problems.
- Once the problems have been fixed, click on the “Finish” button.
In terms of updates, it is worth noting that updating the BIOS is a highly recommended solution for resolving this error.
Outdated BIOS can cause these types of errors, and maintaining updated firmware is considered a best practice.
As a result, updating your BIOS is imperative. When the update is complete, verify whether the problem is resolved or not. Hopefully, this will effectively solve the existing problem.
Create a memory Dump and analyze it
A system dump stores information about software crashes. Debugging by analyzing the dump can be quite tricky and requires a good knowledge of debugging.
However, we will provide a brief overview of the method for debugging by analyzing the dump.
Follow below mentioned steps to create a system dump by following these steps:
- In the file explorer, go to This PC.
- Right click anywhere in the blank space and click on Properties.
- Now open Advanced system settings from the left panel.
- Then head to the Advanced tab and in the Startup and Recovery section click on Settings.
- Make sure the Automatically restart checkbox is marked and select Automatic memory dump in the drop-down menu.
- Remember the name and directory of the dump file with the .DMP extension and click Ok.
- Now go to the directory and create a copy of the dump file on your desktop.
Download the Windows SDK Installer, which is designed for developers to analyze the dump.
However, you only need to install the ‘Debugging Tools for Windows’ feature among all the available features.
Now do the following steps to perform a memory dump file diagnosis:
- Open the WinDbg application (64 or 32 bits, as the case may be).
- Select File > Open crash dump.
- Go to the desktop and select the file that we copied.
- The analysis will begin to run.
- Click the link “run analyze -v”. This step will provide more information about the events recorded in the dump file.
- In the report, you will see a line that says “IMAGE NAME”. It is the driver file’s name that is potentially causing the error.
What does ‘The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck’ mean ?
It is a message that appears in the event viewer of your PC. It indicates that the computer was rebooted due to a serious bug in the system.
This bug can occur if you use buggy software or an application, or if you have recently updated or installed software on your computer that contains bugs.
Regardless of the specific bug, the message displayed is generally the same, except for the bugcheck code. The message reads as follows:
What causes a bugcheck?
There are mainly three types of software, system, utility, and application software.
Your computer is always running some software in either background or foreground while it is on. Error in running software causes error in bugcheck. The error can be the result of faulty software itself or interference of other software with the running software.
Usually, a bugcheck notifies of the bug or error but restarts the system when the bug is serious.
See what users are saying about the BSOD bugcheck:
How to read a BSOD: Blue Screen of Death?
The Blue Screen of Death automatically appears on the screen in the event of a serious bug, providing little information. It looks like the image below.
However, you can check the event Viewer for more information about the BSOD.
Use the following steps to read BSOD in the event viewer:
- Press Windows + X to open the Quick links menu and select Event Viewer.
- Now go to Windows Logs wait for a few seconds to let it load.
- Then double click on System to view system logs and again wait for a few seconds.
- You will see the time in front of all the log entries. Open the entry for the time your system had BSOD and read the information about the reboot.
In conclusion, the “Computer has rebooted from bugcheck” error message, also known as the “blue screen of death,” can be both frustrating and confusing.
However, by following the troubleshooting techniques and preventive measures outlined in this article, you can fix this problem and prevent it from recurring.
These techniques include running a memory check, updating or uninstalling problematic drivers, and using a restore point to restore your computer to a state where the problem did not occur.
By taking these steps, you can ensure the smooth operation of your computer and avoid the inconvenience of unexpected shutdowns.
To prevent this problem from recurring in future remember to keep your device drivers updated and create restore points regularly.
Frequently Asked Question’s (FAQ’s)
If your PC has rebooted by itself, it might be because of a bug in the software or application running in the background or foreground
Bugchecks can be caused by a variety of factors, including buggy software or applications, outdated or incompatible device drivers, hardware issues, and more.
To prevent future recurrence of this error message, it is important to keep your device drivers up to date and create restore points regularly. Additionally, avoiding the use of bad software or apps and troubleshooting any hardware issues can also help prevent this problem.