How To Fix Corrupted Drivers in Windows 10/11
By: Date: January 6, 2022 Categories: How To,Windows

Blue screen of death or BSOD is the most feared error for computer/laptop users.  It is a common phenomenon witnessed in the Windows operating system, especially Windows 10.   Users have reported that an error appears on the screen with a code all of a sudden or out of the blue.

So what exactly causes BSOD?

The causes for BSOD errors are very varied. For example, audio errors, system file corruption, hardware failure, connectivity issues, etc., can be the root cause of BSOD errors.  The most common trigger for BSOD error is, of course, the use of outdated or corrupted drivers.  A BSOD error is just the start of more significant problems. If the corrupted driver is not fixed immediately, the device will become unusable.  So it is essential to fix the corrupt drivers as soon as possible.

KNOW-HOW ON FIXING CORRUPT DRIVERS

There are various ways to fix corrupt drivers.  For uniformity’s sake, the process mentioned below is demonstrated for Windows 10.  However, the same process applies to Windows 11 as well.

REGULARLY UPDATING THE SYSTEM:  One of the best ways to keep your computer or laptop device running for a long and to avoid errors is by periodically updating the system.  A simple system update can solve and fix many driver-related issues, such as rectifying corrupt drivers.  To update the operating system,

  1. Press the Windows key and I button. This will open the settings page. From here, select the option ‘Update and Security and click on Windows Update.
  2. From the right pane, select the ‘Check for updates option. Also, by expanding the operational updates button, you can select the ‘install all relevant driver updates.’ This action will ensure that Windows update will automatically download and update the selected drivers. As advised earlier, it is always best to restart the computer after every Update is finished.

USING DEVICE MANAGER, UPDATE THE CORRUPT DRIVERS:  The best way to deal with corrupt or outdated drivers is to use the Device Manager.

  1. Pressing the Windows Key and R button together opens the RUN dialog box.  Enter the phrase ‘devmgmt.msc’ and press the enter button.
  2. The above action will result in opening the Device Manager on the computer. Now check all the drivers who have a yellow question mark—the yellow mark is a sign of an error or problem.
  • Now, right-click on the corrupt driver, and then from the pop-up menu that comes up, select the update driver command. This command will automatically update the driver by searching online for the latest and most compatible version and installing it on your PC/laptop.

REINSTALL DRIVERS: Usually, the easiest and most used method to fix corrupt drivers on Windows 10/11 is to reinstall the drivers.  To do this,

  1. The Windows Key and R buttons should be pressed together to open the RUN dialog box. Enter the phrase ‘devmgmt.msc’ and press the enter button. This action will open the Device Manager page.
  2. Look for the drivers with a yellow question mark that denote an error. Right-click on the corrupted driver and select Properties from the drop-down menu.
  • Go to the corrupted driver from the properties page and click on the uninstall device option. This action will uninstall the corrupted driver. It is best to restart your computer. Now you can visit the OEM’s website and then carefully install the driver manually. By so doing, you can fix the corrupt driver.

WINDOWS TROUBLESHOOTER:  Many use the Windows Troubleshooter feature to fix corrupt drivers in Windows 10/11 quickly.  The steps to follow are:

  1. Press the Windows Key + R key and type control on the Run Dialog box. Click the enter key or press the ok button.
  2. The above action will take you to the Control Panel. From here, select the Troubleshooting option, and from there, on the left pane, click on the view all option.
  • It will show a comprehensive list of solutions for fixing various problems. Please select the right situation that you are facing and click on it. This will run and improve the corrupt drivers on the system.

FULL VIRUS SCAN:  Lastly, it is always advised to run a full anti-virus scan on your computer/laptop as a precautionary measure. This is because malware and viruses can corrupt the drivers, especially if you use the internet. Some anti-virus software such as Malwarebytes scan and remove adware and PUPs from the system. Also, if a driver or device is not working due to a malware attack, it can be fixed. Also, it is best to use the free Windows security scan.

ENDNOTE

Corrupt drivers can disrupt the working time of your computer and cause other major issues if they are not fixed immediately. So it is best to take the immediate steps detailed as above to select the corrupt drivers in Windows 10/11. By so doing, you can eliminate other significant issues that may arise later on your computer.