Windows 10 was released in 2015 by Microsoft and instantly caught people’s attention. The operating system is easy to use and has other plus points but there are some kinds of errors that show up at times, like the error UNEXPECTED_STORE_EXCEPTION that we are going to try to fix today. The error makes Windows freeze at startup and the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) appears. There can be various reasons behind the error occurring and we will apply all the possible solutions to fix it. At least any one of them should work for you as well.
Remember that you will need to go into safe mode before applying any of the solutions since the error will not let you boot Windows normally.
Following are the solutions explained step by step and one by one:
Method 1: Clean Booting the System
This is how to clean boot a computer:
- Open Run box by either selecting it from the Start Menu or pressing Windows and R keys together.
- In the bar of Run box, type the command msconfig and click OK to get the system’s configuration on screen.
- On the System Configuration window, go for the Services pane and in the bottom left corner tick the box that says Hide all Microsoft services and choose to Disable all.
- Now click Startup pane and then click the blue text Open Task Manager.
- When Task Manager opens, again go for the Startup pane. Select all the unneeded services except for Windows services and choose to Disable.
- Exit the Task Manager and go back to System Configuration window, click Boot pane. This time, untick the box that says Safe boot and hit Enter.
- System Configuration will most likely ask you to restart the computer for the changes to take effect. Do it and see if the BSOD error still occurs.
Method 2: Scan the system for corrupted files
Running system file checker to look for any corrupted files in your system is another viable option. The file checker detects and repairs any corrupted files and hence gets rid of the error.
Do the following to perform system check:
- Press Windows and X keys together to get quick-access menu on your screen. From the menu, select Command Prompt (Admin) to run it as an administrator.
- UAC (User Account Control) will ask you for confirmation, answer in affirmative.
- In the Command Prompt window, type sfc/scannow as shown in the screen shot and press Enter; verification will done in a few seconds.
- Open System Configuration window like you did in method 1 and untick the box that says Safe boot under the Boot pane. You can then boot Windows 10 into regular mode.
See whether the error has been fixed or not.
Method 3: Check for Any Driver Problems
Windows often tends to show such error when something is not right with the drivers installed in the system. To be sure, check if the problem is in the drivers and update them accordingly.
Here is how you update any driver using Device Manager:
- Go to quick-access menu by pressing Windows and X keys together and select the fifth option that is the Device Manager.
- The icon of the drivers you see in Device Manager will have the icon if they are the ones with issues and need to be updated.
- Click on that driver with the right button of your mouse and select Update Driver Software from the context menu.
- From the next dialogue box, click on Search automatically for updated driver software.
By selecting the option above, you gave Windows the task of looking for any updates of the driver you are looking for, saving you the trouble of searching for them manually. Once Windows has found an update, install it following the simple instructions it gives you.
It is possible that Windows might not find any update stating that the latest one is already installed. In this case, you will have to download it manually by locating it on the website of either the device’s manufacturer or your computer’s manufacturer, entering your computer’s model number and the version of Windows in it. The installation process is a piece of cake.
Method 4: Check for any updates from Windows
Problems with hardware or software can lead to the Blue Screen of Death error and Windows is able to detect them and provide new updates for flawed programs. Therefore, make sure that you have installed all the updates Windows provides for your system. This is how to check for any more updates:
- In the search box in Start Menu, type Windows Updates. Click on the only Best match that you are shown as in the screenshot.
- On the next window that pops up, select the Check for updates.
If there are any updates, you will be told and thus you can download them easily following the on-screen instructions.
We hope you found the solutions helpful in getting rid of UNEXPECTED_STORE_EXCEPTION BSOD error. Give your feedback to let us know!