How to Fix Unexpected Kernel Mode Trap on Windows 10


Blue screen of death can be a nightmare for Windows users. Especially when it appears frequently in the middle of the work. To fix such an error Unexpected Kernel Mode Trap, Go through this article.

This blue screen problem is a result of driver problem or memory problem on your PC. There might be any other external reasons. But, You always can troubleshoot this problem by following specific ways.

Some of the most common drivers are usbxhci.sys, nvlddmkm.sys, wdf01000.sys, win32kfull.sys, ntfs.sys, ndu.sys, netio.sys which are often responsible for this error. Else, Antivirus program like Avast, AVG, Bitdefender, Kaspersky, ESET, etc. also can cause Unexpected Kernel Mode Trap on Windows 10. Any external or internal hardware failure also can be responsible behind this problem. But, Evey problem has a solution. So, Don’t worry.

Unexpected Kernel Mode Trap

How to Fix Unexpected Kernel Mode Trap BSOD on Windows

Before following the actual solutions, make sure that Windows is up to date on your PC. Because an outdated version of Windows is a house of problems and security vulnerabilities. Anyway, You can follow these methods to troubleshoot unexpected kernel mode trap BSOD.

1. Update All of The Drivers

Outdated drivers are the reasons behind many problems including the BSOD. As you don’t know which driver problem is creating stop error on your PC, you should update them all. But, Problem is, Updating them one by one is time-consuming. You may not want to do it. So, I suggest you use tools like Driver Booster, Driver Easy, etc. These have one-click and automatic scheduled update feature.

driver booster outdated drivers

Anyway, To update manually, follow these steps.

  • At first, Open the start menu, type devmgmt.msc and hit enter to open the Windows Device Manager.
  • Now, Right-click on a driver from the list and choose “Update Driver.”
  • Follow your preferred method to update.

Update Drivers Manually

However, If you want to know more about these steps, Follow this article: How to Update Drivers

2.  Check for Problematic Software

Your antivirus may cause Unexpected Kernel Mode Trap. So, Disable it and see if it helps. Other software may do the same thing. It is hard to find out which one is causing this problem. But, You should perform clean boot. It will help you to identify the problematic program or services.

3. Check the Hardware

To fix Unexpected Kernel Mode Trap, you may have to check your hardware. Because it can be a result of a problem exists in any of your PC hardware. However, You can do the following things –

  • Disconnect all the external devices and see what happens.
  • Make sure that the connection between internal components in the CPU is appropriate.
  • Clean the dust from the RAM stick, motherboard, and other components.

Doing these things may help you to fix your problem.

4. Check for Memory Problems

The Unexpected_Kernel_Mode_Trap is also caused by the memory problem. So, You also should diagnose RAM problems on your PC and take proper steps. It may solve all of your problems.

To do it, you can follow this article: How to Diagnose and Repair RAM Problems

Else, You can remove the RAM stick and put it again properly. Sometimes, Not correctly placed RAM may work but cause different problems. In this case, Doing that thing will fix your problem.

5. Repair Corrupted System Files by SFC and DISM Commands

DISM Error 0x800f081f: The Source File Couldn't be Downloaded

To repair Unexpected Kernel Mode Trap error, you also may need to fix faulty system files on your PC. In this case, System File Checker (SFC) and DISM commands can help you a lot. If you don’t know how to do it, follow this article: How Run SFC and DISM Command

When core system components get corrupted, users may face unexpected difficulties. Blue screen of death is one of them. So, If you are lucky, this method can be your final solution.

6. CHKDSK Command

This is another solution you can try to solve this problem. According to some users, running chkdsk command fixes Unexpected Kernel Mode Trap. So, It also may work for you. A chkdsk command typically repairs hard disk bad sectors. So, It helps to fix problems caused by the bad sector. By the way, Here are the instructions to do it.

Use CHKDSK Command in Windows to Repair Hard Disk Errors

  • First of all, Open the start menu, type cmd, choose “Run as administrator.”
  • Now, Type “chkdsk” and hit enter.
  • Again, Type “Y” and press enter.
  • Then, Restart your computer.

In the next startup, Windows will automatically look for the problem and repair it. However, If you want to know more about it, read: How to Repair Hard Disk Problem

7. Analyze Minidump and Solve Unexpected Kernel Mode Trap

Above 6 methods should work. But, In case, Nothing worked, it is the method to go. At first, You will have to identify which thing is causing the blue screen of death. Then, Take steps to fix it. In this case, You will have to analyze the memory dump file that contains information about the BSOD errors. It helps to find out which driver or service is causing problem. For this, read: How to Create and Analyze Memory Dump on Windows 10

After identifying the problematic driver or services, you can do the following things.

  • Update the drivers if it is outdated.
  • Rollback the driver to its previous version if it’s already updated.
  • Uninstall problematic driver related software.

I hope doing these things will help to fix Unexpected Kernel Mode Trap blue screen error. If you know any other technical way to solve this problem, you can share it in the comment box.

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Hasibul Kabir is the founder of TechClassy. He is a Tech Blogger, Web Developer & Hobbyist Game Developer. He loves to write on technology, mainly Windows, macOS, iOS, etc.


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