In reality, we will never stop encountering errors in our with our Windows computer, as long as new version of Windows keeps on surfacing, new problems will too. One of the most used Windows Operating System if not the most used on PC is the Windows 10 Operating System.
Using the Windows 10 OS means that you are bound to face one challenge or the other, most especially the Blue Screen Of Death, as reports has suggested that this is the most encountered error in Windows 10 today.
Some say that Windows updates are the primary reason for the BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death), while others say that it is the drivers causing it. Here, we don’t want to know about the problems, we want to know the solutions, that’s why we are covering this tutorial today on how to fix a not so common BSOD error. In today’s article, we are going to take a tutorial on, ‘ how to fix DRIVER IRQL_LESS_OR_NOT_EQUAL error on windows.’
What is Driver irql_less_or_not_equal error?
Driver irql_less_or_not_equal error is a BSOD that is caused by drivers. Most times, what causes the Driver irql_less_or_not_equal error to occur is simply because the driver(s) failed to communicate with the hardware, or the driver has stopped working, etc.
Because this error doesn’t really occur on Windows 10, we cannot really say that it is caused by only hardware failure, software incompatibility, corrupted drivers, there might be other things causing it to happen.
How to fix Driver irql_less_or_not_equal error?
1. Update Your Drivers
As we all know, the Driver irql_less_or_not_equal usually occurs due to corrupted or outdated drivers. So, before trying any other methods, update your drivers and check whether the problem persists. You can also use some of the free driver updating tools for Windows to update all installed drivers in just one click.
2. Update The Network Driver
Mostly, we install the latest version of drivers, but we neglect to update the network drivers. So, in this method, we are going to reinstall the latest network drivers to fix the Driver irql_less_or_not_equal.
- Step 1. First of all, press Windows Logo + R Keys. This will open the Run Dialog Box. Here you need to type in devmgmt.msc and click on ‘Ok’
- Step 2. This will open up the Device Manager. There find your Network Adapter and right click on it. From the Drop Down menu, select ‘Uninstall’ or ‘Update Driver Software’
Now, just restart your computer to reinstall these drivers back. That’s it, you are done! This is how you can fix Driver irql_less_or_not_equal error on Windows 10 by reinstalling Network Drivers.
3. Remove Overclocking Softwares
Well, few users overclock the CPU to get better performance. These things are mostly done by gamers to enhance gaming performance. However, on several scenarios, overclocking tools for Windows triggers the Driver irql_less_or_not_equal error. So, if you have recently installed an overclocking tool, then make sure to remove the tool and restore your hardware to factory defaults. This will eventually fix the Driver irql_less_or_not_equal BSOD error.
4. Reset Your Windows 10 Computer
Well, if everything fails to fix the Driver irql_less_or_not_equal error on Windows 10, then the last thing to do is to reset your Windows 10 computer. Resetting the PC is still a better option then reinstalling Windows. However, before you reset your Windows 10, make sure to take a proper backup of your important files and folders. Reset option will probably remove everything that’s installed on your Windows installation drive and Desktop files.
To Reset Windows 10, open Settings app and then find and click on ‘Update & Security’. Now under the Update & Security, head to the ‘Recovery’ tab and then click on ‘Reset this PC’. Now, you will see another popup where you need to select ‘Remove Everything and reset Windows 10’
These are the four methods known to us that tells us how to fix DRIVER IRQL_LESS_OR_NOT_EQUAL error on windows. If you know any other method(s), kindly let us know via the comment box below.