4 Sure-Fire Ways of Fixing KERNEL_MODE_HEAP_CORRUPTION Error in Windows 10

4 Sure-Fire Ways of Fixing KERNEL_MODE_HEAP_CORRUPTION Error in Windows 10

/ Shayne Sherman

If you have been using Windows 10 for a long time, then chances are that you have already encountered a Blue Screen of Death or BSOD. A BSOD is an indication that Windows has detected a critical issue in your computer and forces the PC to restart to prevent more damage.

The BSOD will pop up on the screen telling you that the computer has ran into a problem and needs to restart. Together with the BSOD, you will also see the type of error that it has encountered. Today, we will discuss the Windows 10 BSOD with the error “KERNEL_MODE_HEAP_CORRUPTION”.

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How to Fix the Windows 10 BSOD with error “KERNEL_MODE_HEAP_CORRUPTION”

The troubleshooting methods that we have gathered today are some of the easiest that you can perform. You don’t need to be an expert to perform these methods, just make sure to follow them.

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First Method – Roll Back the Driver Version of Your Graphics Card

The Windows 10 BSOD with the error “KERNEL_MODE_HEAP_CORRUPTION” is mainly caused by a corrupt or outdated graphics card driver. If you have experienced getting the BSOD after updating the graphics card of your graphics card or after installing a Windows update, then most likely the problem is with your graphics card driver. To fix this, you will need to roll back the driver version of your graphics card.

  1. Press the “Windows” and “R” keys and type in “devmgmt.msc” in the run command line and press enter.
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  1. Look for the “Display Adapters” and right-click on your graphics card and click “Properties”
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  1. In the graphics card properties, click on “Driver” and click on “Roll Back Driver”
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  1. Wait for Windows to install the older version of your Graphics Card driver. Once it is complete, restart your computer and check if the issue persists.

Second Method – Run the System File Checker (SFC)

The Windows SFC is a free tool that you can use to scan and repair any missing or corrupt Windows files. Follow these steps to perform a scan using the Windows SFC:

  1. Hold down the “windows” key and press “R” and type “cmd” in the run command line. Hold down both the “ctrl and shift” keys together and press enter. Click “OK” on the next window to grant administrator permissions.
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  1. In the command prompt window, type “sfc /scannow” and press enter. Wait for the SFC to complete the scan and restart the computer.
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  1. Once the scan is complete, make sure to restart your computer. Once your computer is back on, check if the issue has already been fixed.

Third Method – Run the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool (DISM)

There are instances when the Windows Update Tool may download a corrupt Windows update file. To fix this, you will need to run the DISM.

  1. Press the “windows” key and then press “R”. A small window will appear where you can type “CMD”.
  2. The command prompt window will open, type in “DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth” and then press “enter”.
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  1. DISM utility will start scanning and fixing any errors. Once completed, restart your PC and confirm if the issue persists.

Fourth Method – Perform Clean Boot on Your Computer

By performing a clean boot on your computer, you are disabling unnecessary applications and drivers from running in your background. The only drivers and applications that will be running are the ones that are needed for your operating system to properly function.

This method will eliminate the chance of any application and driver conflicts that can cause the Windows 10 BSOD with the error “KERNEL_MODE_HEAP_CORRUPTION”.

  1. On your keyboard, press the “Windows” key and the letter “R”.
  2. This will open the Run window. Type in “msconfig”.
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  1. Click on the “Services” tab. Make sure to tick “Hide all Microsoft Services” click “Disable All” and click “Apply”
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  1. Next, click on the “Startup” tab and click “Open Task Manager”.
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  1. In the Startup, select all of the unnecessary applications that have their startup status enabled and click “Disable”
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  1. Close the window and restart your PC.  

Final Words

Whenever a computer experiences a BSOD, it is strongly suggested to have it fixed right away. By leaving it unattended, you are raising the risk of causing more damage to the system. As for the Windows 10 BSOD with the error “KERNEL_MODE_HEAP_CORRUPTION”, users will be left with no choice but to fix it since it affects a central component of the computer.

If the issue is not fixed after performing our troubleshooting methods, then most likely the issue is already in the hardware itself. To make sure that this is the case, we suggest contacting an experienced IT personnel to make the diagnosis.

Shayne Sherman
Meet the author

Shayne is an expert at all things Microsoft Windows and computer security. As a Windows user of over 30 years, he has been featured on Business Insider, Yahoo, Tech Republic, Hacker Noon, Techopedia, and many other publications. He also enjoys spending time with his family, including his English bulldog, Fergie as well as entertaining at his home theater.