One thing we should all agree about is that when Windows 10 runs great, it runs unusually great. On the other hand, when it doesn’t run well, you are likely to see the dreaded (BSOD) blue screen of death more often than your desktop.
The BSOD is not going to offer you much of a help in fixing the errors that caused that. in accordance with it, Windows by default will reboot your computer seconds after showing you the BSOD. You’ll be lucky enough if you can reach out to the genuine error that caused it.
DRIVER IRQL_LESS_OR_NOT_EQUAL is an error that Windows 10 users often see.
It triggers up the BSOD and Windows 10 directs you to Google the solution in the end.
This error is complex and challenging to pin on any particular thing. Here are a few things you can try to fix the DRIVER IRQL_LESS_OR_NOT_EQUAL error.
The DRIVER IRQL_LESS_OR_NOT_EQUAL error applies to a wide spectrum of difficulties that a system might face. It means that your driver is having a really very troublesome time communicating with the hardware.
Driver irql_less_or_not_equal error can cause many issues on your computer, and speaking of all these issues, users have reported the problems we have mentioned here as well:
Driver irql_less_or_not_equal windows 10 blue screen – This is a Blue Screen of Death error, and it will hit your system as soon as it appears. To fix this error, be sure to try some of the solutions from this article.
Driver_irql_not_less_or_equal ql2300.sys, epfwwfp.sys, e1c62x64.sys, rdbss.sys, rdyboost.sys, rtkhdaud.sys, rtwlane.sys, tcpip.sys, tap0901.sys, tdx.sys, usbport.sys, usbhub.sys, igdkmd64.sys, netio.sys – Often this error message appears up followed by the name of the file that has caused the problem.
Just by making a bit of research work you can find the problematic application or device and fix your problem.
Driver irql_less_or_not_equal windows 10 overclock – Many users have said that they are encountering this problem after overclocking their computers. If you’re getting this error, only eliminate the overclock settings and the problem should be fixed.
Driver_irql_not_less_or_equal on startup – This error can also take place as soon as you start your computer. Just because this is a BSOD error, your system will restart and you’ll get found in the restart loop.
Driver_irql_not_less_or_equal McAfee, AVG, Avira, Kaspersky – Third-party applications can often cause this error to surface up.
Many users have reported that their antivirus caused this error, so be sure to remove it or disable it to fix the problem kindly.
There are a lot of solutions provided here for you, choose yours to resolve your problem.
Solution 1 – Remove Overclocking Tool
Overclocking the tools, by design, are only anticipated to give a boost to your hardware’s performance beyond its extremities.
Eliminate all the overclocking tools and restore your hardware to factory defaults. Then remove the overclocking software. The problem should now be gone.
If you want to overclock the software again, please reinstall a fresh copy of the software and this time do it gradually so as not to push your hardware to its breaking point all over again.
The error might be a result of Windows 10 not working well with your overclocking tool. It is possible that you might have to choose between running Windows 10 smoothly or overclocking your system, either ways.
Solution 2 – Update All Drivers and BIOS
Check and update all your drivers. Ideally, you should download these drivers right from the company's website as the drivers downloaded by Windows Update have chances of being either old or inappropriate for your system in a few circumstances.
Download the right version corresponding to your model. Your hardware’s model number will be noted on the box it shipped in. If you do not have the box, you can check the device itself (should be in one of the corners).
If an update for your BIOS (the first screen you see when you power up your system) is out, definitely update that as well. Sometimes drivers are written in compliance with an updated BIOS which can put you at risk of a BSOD.
Solution 3– Event Viewer
If the earlier solutions did not resolve your issue, then you might want to know where the issue might be occurring. Windows has a built-in tool for that called ‘Event Viewer’. You can search for it in the Windows Search bar or Cortana.
The Event Viewer has a log of all critical errors, warnings, and messages with their time stamps. It may be a little slow, but if you scroll through each critical error, you will be able to identify which device caused problems. If the problem is happening repeatedly with the same device, you will have identified the issue right there.
If it is a matter of faulty drivers, then you will need to completely remove the old one and install them again. First download the latest driver from the manufacturer’s website, then eliminate the driver using the following steps:
1. Open the Control Panel
2. Go to Device Manager
3. Right-click the device that is causing the error
4. Select ‘Uninstall’ from the context menu
After it is completely removed, install the downloaded driver and reboot your computer.
Solution 4 – Reinstall Audio/Network Drivers
Just in case the updating of the drivers did not actually resolve the issue for you, you can just consider to remove and reinstall any faulty drivers. At times Windows installs a general version of a driver that finishes up clashing with the hardware.
In order to direct that, first, download your hardware’s exact driver from its manufacturer’s website (for your exact model). To verify the exact model, please check the original box. If you do not have the box, unplug the device and examine it physically for a model number.
If you have more than one network device installed, then do the following for each one.
1. Open the Control Panel app
2. Loko for the Device Manager
3. Right Click on the Network Adapter
4. Click ‘Uninstall’ from the context menu
After that, install your downloaded driver and the problem will be gone. After this, if you ever need to update that distinct driver, get a fresh one from the manufacturer’s website. Basically, you need to avoid letting Windows download that driver for you and you should be fine.
If the issue still continues, see if you can try utilizing an external or a different network device (i.e. one that you can plug in and remove manually).
Solution 5 – Update/Change VPN software
Technically, this is an error as well as a network issue as the VPN software is meant to redirect your traffic to a different location around the planet.
But at times, an outdated VPN software can end up requesting that the hardware does not have an idea how to satisfy.
Updating your VPN software might actually be very helpful in resolving this issue.
But if the problem still exists, follow the below-written steps:
1. Remove the VPN software Control Panel.
2. Navigate to Programs and Features.
3. Right, Click on it.
4. You will find an option to Uninstall. Click that.
If that solution resolves the problem, you might have to change VPN software you work with currently as it might not be compatible with your system.
Solution 6 – Anti-Virus/Firewall Tools
Third-party security tools can give you adequate protection for your system. But in some instances, security actions might intervene with the system’s general performance.
It has been reported by many users that removing protection software has resolved the issue. Try using a different anti-virus to keep your system protected.
In order to completely remove an antivirus software, we firmly recommend that you use one of the dedicated uninstallers.
Most antivirus companies have uninstaller tools available on their websites and use them to remove a certain antivirus program from your PC.
After you’ve removed your antivirus software, you can try to reinstall it, or you can install any other antivirus software instead.
Solution 7 – Reset your Windows 10
If everything provided by us has so far failed and you’ve ruled out any physical defects, then perhaps a complete reset will be the call of the hour.
This will delete all of your files and settings from Windows 10, as well as any apps that you’ve installed. You will need to take a backup and restore it later on.
You will have to follow these steps in order to reset Windows 10:
1. Launch the Settings app
2. Navigate to the Update & Security group of settings.
3. Go to the Recovery tab.
4. Select Reset this PC.
5. Select Remove Everything and reset your Windows 10 operating system accordingly.
Solution 8 – Check your Hardware
If neither of the software solutions worked for you in any way, it might indicate that it is time for you to check the hardware for physical errors.
At times the cooling system underperforms, overheating your system and sometimes Windows does not generate temperature warnings.
You can open your system to individually unplug, unscrew, remove, search for physical defects such as burn marks or excessive dust.
Once that is done, clean and reinstall each part. If you couldn't spot the issue with the hardware, then take your computer to a professional.