How to Fix KMODE Exception Not Handled Error on Windows 10

How to Fix KMODE Exception Not Handled Error on Windows 10

/ Shayne Sherman

One of the worst things that could happen to your Windows operating system is when it encountered the infamous “Blue Screen of Death” error message. In this case, you are left puzzled as to why it occurred without any warnings or symptoms.

BSOD error message occurs when Windows operating system encounters an error while running and it forces your system to shutoff to avoid other issues like data loss and file corruptions.  One of the most common error codes of the BSOD message is the KMODE Exception not Handled error.

KMODE error occurs when applications installed on your computer tries to overwrite each other’s memory causing system crashes and hence the blue screen of death.

However, there’s no need to worry as this error is typically common and it is easy to fix. On this guide, we are going to show you several ways on how you can try and troubleshoot this kind of issue on your Windows computer.

Let’s get started.

Method 1: Disable Fast Startup

Fast startup is a great feature for speeding up the booting process of Windows 10. However, this can also cause issues as drivers and system files might not load properly since you are forcing the operating system to boot faster.

On most occasions, disabling the Fast Startup mode on your computer works in fixing the BSOD error on Windows.

1. On your computer, press on the Windows key + S and search for Control Panel.

Control Panel

2. After that, find System and Security and click on Change what the Power Buttons do under the Power Options tab.

System and Security

3. Next, click on Change Settings that are Currently Unavailable.

Change settings that are currently unavailable

4. Lastly, make sure that Turn on Fast Startup under the Shutdown settings is unchecked. Click on Save Changes and restart your computer.

After restarting your computer, use it normally and observe if the KMODE blue screen error would still occur after disabling fast startup.

However, if the BSOD error message still appears, you can try doing the next method below to try and fix the issue on Windows.

Method 2: Update Your Drivers

Another cause of BSOD error messages on Windows is an outdated driver. Drivers are important for the operating system to communicate properly with the hardware devices that are connected to your computer.

If some of the drivers installed on your computer is outdated, it is possible that the current version of that driver has a bug or error which causes the KMODE exception not handled error on Windows.

To update your drivers, follow the steps below to guide you through the process.

1. First, press on the Windows Key + S on your keyboard and search for Device Manager.

Device Manager

2. After that, click on one of the drivers listed on the menu to expand it.

3. Lastly, right-click on the device driver and select Update Drivers. Now repeat this process until you have checked all the devices for an update.

Update Drivers

Now, restart your computer and try using Windows normally to check if the issue would still occur after updating your device drivers.

Method 3: Check Windows for an Update

KMODE blue screen error message can also occur if the current version of Windows that you are using is outdated. It is possible that the version installed on your computer contains bugs and instability issues which causes Windows to encounter a blue screen message. 

In this case, it is best that you check if there are any software updates available for your computer.

1. On your computer, press on the Windows icon located at the Taskbar.

2. Next, click on the Gear icon to open Windows Settings.

Windows Settings

3. After that, click on Update and Security.

Update and Security

4. Lastly, click on the Windows Updates tab. Now, Windows will automatically check for an update and download it for you.

Windows Update

Once finished, follow the on-screen prompts to install the update on your computer. Use your computer normally for a few minutes to check if the BSOD error would still occur after updating the version of your operating system.

Method 4: Repair Windows using SFC Scan

System File Checker is a built-in tool on Windows that users can use to scan system files on your computer. It automatically repairs corrupted files and replaces missing files on your operating system.

The SFC scanner is run through the Command Prompt and you would also need administrative privileges to execute this kind of action on the Command Line.

1. On your computer, press on Windows Key + S and search for Command Prompt.

2. Now, click on Run as an Administrator to launch Command Prompt with administrative privileges.

Command Prompt run as Administrator

3. Lastly, type sfc /scannow on Command Prompt and hit Enter.

sfc /scannow

Next, let System File Checker do its magic and wait for the process to finish. After scanning your system files, restart your computer and use it normally to check if the KMODE exception not handled error message is already fixed.

Method 5: Reinstall Windows on Your Computer

Now, if none of the methods above worked to fix the issue with this BSOD error on Windows, it is best that you just reinstall the whole operating system on your computer. More than likely, some of the system files are corrupted beyond repair.  In this case, it’s best to just install a fresh copy of Windows.

On the other hand, if you don’t have any idea on how to install Windows, you can go to the nearest service center on your area and ask them to install a fresh copy of Windows on your computer.

Keep in mind that installing a new copy of Windows on your hard drive would wipe all of its data. So, make sure ask them to backup your data or you can also do it yourself if you know how to.

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.