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FIXED: The Computer Has Rebooted From A Bugcheck

The bugcheck error can be resolved by updating drivers, using disk cleanup, and more.

Encountering the infamous “The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck” or the blue screen of death (BSOD) error upon restarting your Windows 10 device often indicates issues with a recently installed driver. The error can be fixed through several methods, and some of them are pretty simple. 

WARNING: “The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck,” or the BSOD denotes a critical error that results in a bug check or system crash and a reboot of the machine to stop additional damage.

Key Takeaways

  • The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck,” or the BSOD denotes a critical error that results in a bug check or system crash and a reboot of the machine to stop additional damage.
  • It is often associated with hardware issues such as bad RAM or insufficient memory, outdated device drivers, or corrupted system files.
  • Fixes include updating the device drivers, performing a System file check, Memory Check, restoring the system, running DISM Cleanup and Disk cleanup, and updating the Windows.

What Does “The Computer Has Rebooted From A Bugcheck” Mean?

This error type is a Blue Screen Of Death or BSOD error that appears after a device restart. Recently installed drivers that have become corrupted or damaged are the most probable cause behind this error. Memory issues such as insufficient primary storage could also result in this error.

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Error faced by users on Microsoft Community (Image via Microsoft Forums)

Numerous users of Microsoft Community have reported facing this issue with different symptoms. According to the users, this error can cause your system to enter into a bootup loop, frequent restarts, or even freeze completely. Fortunately, there are a few solutions that could solve this problem.

How To Solve Computer Bugcheck Error

First, you need to identify the root cause of the issue. If you are unsure about the cause of BSOD, the best way to identify the error is by using the Event Viewer. I’ll show you how to check the Event Viewer to determine the cause of the blue screen.

  1. Open the Command Prompt as an administrator by right-clicking.
    run as administrator
    Run as administrator. Image Credits (Tech4Gamers) 
  2. Selecting “Run as Administrator” in the right pane.
  3. Enter the following command: eventvwr.msc
  4. In the Event Viewer window, navigate to the “System” section.
    Event Viewer
    BugCheck error in Event Viewer. Image Credits (Tech4Gamers) 
  5. Here, you’ll find the error messages that caused this issue.
  6. In my case, the error message states, “BugCheck.”

Once you have identified the cause of the issue, you can work towards solving the issue by following these fixes.

Uninstall Drivers

Damaged or incompatible device drivers could bring on this blue screen problem. To resolve the issue, follow the instructions for uninstalling the problematic device drivers:

  1. Type “Device Manager” in the Windows search bar and hit enter.
  2. Inside the Device Manager window, look for the device driver you installed recently.
  3. Right-click on it and choose the “Uninstall device” option.
    uninstall device
    Uninstall device. Image Credits (Tech4Gamers) 
  4. You’ll see a dialogue window asking for one last confirmation.
  5. Click Uninstall after checking the option “Delete the driver software for this device.”
    uninstall driver
    Delete the driver software for this device. Image Credits (Tech4Gamers) 
  6. Now, exit the Device Manager.
  7. Now, reboot your computer to give it a clean slate.

(Note: If you’ve recently connected any external devices, it’s wise to disconnect them before uninstalling their corresponding drivers.)

Update The Drivers

Outdated drivers may cause your system to raise the computer has rebooted from a bugcheck error. You need to update the driver that seems to be causing trouble. If you aren’t sure how to update the drivers, read our complete guide on How to update drivers.

  1. Type in “Device Manager” in the search option and hit enter.
  2. Right-click on the drivers you want to update and choose the “Update Driver” option.
  3. Prioritize the Graphics and the Audio drivers, as they are the ones causing this issue most of the time.
    update driver
    Update driver. Image Credits (Tech4Gamers) 
  4. Choose the “Search automatically fo the drivers” option.
    Search Automatically
    Search automatically for drivers. Image Credits (Tech4Gamers) 
  5. Continue with “Search for updated driver on Windows Update” if Windows cannot locate any.
  6. Install the updated driver file once the scan is complete.

Memory Check

Performing a memory check is a quick way to determine the state of your system’s memory. If there is any issue with the memory, your system might raise this error. To check the system’s memory:

  1. Hit the Windows key + R to open the Run utility.
  2. Type in the following command: mdsched.exe
  3. Press Enter.
  4. Choose the option of “Restart now and check for problems.”
    Memory Check
    Memory Check. Image Credits (Tech4Gamers) 
  5. Your computer will reboot and scan the memory for any potential issues.

Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool

You may occasionally experience this BSOD problem on your computer due to insufficient system memory or malfunctioning RAM. Run the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool to determine if such is the case. Before proceeding further, check our comprehensive guide on Windows could not prepare the computer to boot installation error.

  1. Type “Windows Memory Diagnostic” in Windows search and open the app.
  2. Select the option of “Restart now and check for problems.”
    Memory diagnostic
    Windows Memory Diagnostic tool. Image Credits (Tech4Gamers) 
  3. The test will begin after the system restarts. Let the test run.
  4. Once the test is over, the system will automatically restart and display the test results.
  5. Follow any instructions presented on the screen if there are any.

Utilizing A Restore Point

Try doing a system restore if you are still experiencing the issue. Your system’s settings will be reset through this process. Your system’s programs, files, and registry settings will all be impacted as all changes linked to the device manager will be erased.

This might fix issue but at the cost of data loss. Therefore, make a backup of your crucial files before using this procedure.

  1. Type “Run” in the Windows search bar and press Enter to open it up.
  2. Inside the Run window, input “rstrui” and click OK to launch System Restore.
  3. Opt for the “Choose a different restore point” option.
    system restore
    Choose a different restore point. Image Credits (Tech4Gamers) 
  4. Select the subsequent option to explore the complete list if a recommended restore point is available.
  5. If unsure, tick the “Show more restore points” checkbox to access additional choices.
    Restore points
    Restore points. Image Credits (Tech4Gamers) 
  6. Consider selecting the earliest available restore point.
  7. Click on Next to proceed and confirm the chosen restore point.
  8. Click Finish to initiate the restoration process.

System Restore allows you to roll back your computer’s settings to a previous state, effectively resolving issues stemming from recent changes.

System File Checking

Another way to check for issues with the System Files is to utilize the System File Checker or the SFC functionality available in Windows. The SFC is used to check the Windows system files integrity. All protected system files will be scanned, and damaged data will be replaced.

  1. To access this tool, type “CMD” in the Windows search option.
  2. Right-click on it and choose the option of “Run as Administrator.”
    run as administrator
    Run as administrator. Image Credits (Tech4Gamers) 
  3. Type in: sfc/scannow
  4. The system will begin the verification phase of the system scan.
    SFC Scan
    SFC Scan. Image Credits (Tech4Gamers) 
  5. The tool will scan the device for any corrupted or damaged files.
  6. If any issues are found, the tool will attempt to repair them.

(Note: Running the Command Prompt as an administrator is essential to avoid access-denied errors.)

DISM Cleanup And Restore Health

In this method, I’ll use the utility named Deployment Image Servicing and Management or DISM to clean up the image and restore its health.

  1. Launch the Command Prompt as an administrator.
  2. Type in: dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
    dism
    DISM Cleanup and Restore Health. Image Credits (Tech4Gamers) 
  3. The tool will scan the device, clean the image, and restore its health.
  4. This process may take some time to complete.

(Note: Running the Command Prompt as an administrator is essential to avoid access-denied errors.)

Check Disk

The CHKDSK (Check Disk) utility verifies the hard drive for issues with the file system on the Windows operating system. Utilizing the CHKDSK tool organizes your system data and checks and fixes any issue the hard disk might be facing.

  1. Launch the Command Prompt as an administrator.
  2. Type in: chkdsk /f /x /r
    chkdsk
    Chkdsk. Image Credits (Tech4Gamers) 
  3. This command will check the disk for any errors and automatically repair them.
  4. If the volume is in use, you’ll be prompted to schedule the disk check for the next system restart.
  5. Press Y and restart the device.
  6. Do not press any key and wait for the Disk Check to begin.
    DISK CHECK
    DISK CHECK. Image Credits (Tech4Gamers) 

Disk Cleanup

Performing a disk cleanup can also help resolve the issue.

  1. Type “Disk Cleanup” in the search option and choose the corresponding option.
  2. Choose the disk you want to be cleaned and mark the files you want to be removed.
    Disk cleanup
    Disk Cleanup. Image Credits (Tech4Gamers) 
  3. Click OK and then click Delete Files.
    Delete Files
    Delete Files. Image Credits (Tech4Gamers) 
  4. This will free up disk space and potentially resolve any related issues.
  5. After following these steps, restart your device.

Update Windows

This solution involves updating the Windows, which can be done from the settings.  

  1. Right-click the Start button and choose the “Settings” option from the list.
  2. Choose the option of “Update and Security.”
  3. Go to the “Windows Update” tab on the left-hand side.
    Windows update
    Windows update. Image Credits (Tech4Gamers) 
  4. Click “Check for updates” in the right pane to update Windows.
  5. Follow the instructions if an update is available to update your system.

Final Words

This was everything you needed to know about how to fix “The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck error.” After following these steps, restart your device. The error causing the frequent restarts should be resolved. If the problem persists, note any specific error messages and consider seeking further assistance by posting your queries on Microsoft Community.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the “The system has rebooted from a bugcheck” error?

The error message “The system has rebooted from a bugcheck” means that your machine has experienced a critical error. The system automatically restarts when a “blue screen of death” (BSOD) occurs to stop further damage from occurring.

What is the cause of the “The system has rebooted from a bugcheck” error?

Hardware issues such as bad RAM or insufficient memory, device drivers that are either not up to date or incompatible, and corrupted system files are just a few of the things that can result in this error.

How can the “The system has rebooted from a bugcheck” error be solved?

This error can be solved by updating the device drivers, performing a Memory Check or System file check, restoring the system to an earlier restore point, utilizing the DISM Cleanup and Disk cleanup, or updating the windows.

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