Tips to Solve a Page Fault in a Non-paged Area Error

Tips to Solve a Page Fault in a Non-paged Area Error

/ James Masterson

Windows 10 users occasionally face annoying blue screen issues. When this occurs, it can turn into a big nightmare.  The page fault error in non-paged area is one of the blue screen issues that plague laptop and desktop users. Some of the error codes associated with this issue include STOP: 0x50, STOP: 0X00000050, ntfs.sys, etc. And it is not limited to Windows 10 users alone. It can happen in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Vista, too.

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But don’t worry: The issue generally is a temporary one that can be fixed with the automatic restart that it is sure to trigger. If the problem persists or occurs as soon as you boot up, you will need to find a permanent fix for it.  Read on if the page fault in a non-page area error is frustrating you:

Check Your Device Disk and Memory

This blue screen issue can occur when errors are present on the hard drive or if it is damaged.  To identify if this is the cause of the Page Fault issue, you have to run the Check Disk scan command in your system. Here is how you do it:

Step 1:

Enter ‘cmd’ in the Taskbar search box.


In the window that opens, right-click on the ‘Command Prompt’ and select ‘Run as Administrator’.

run as admin

Step 2:

When the Command Prompt opens, enter the command below:

chkdsk /f /r

chkdsk f r

If a message appears informing you that the hard drive is locked and you must give permission to schedule a full Check Disk scan on restart, you should type Y for to confirm your permission.

hard drive locked message

Now restart the computer to allow the Check Disk scan time to complete. This is comparatively faster in Windows 10 than it was in the 7 and 8 versions.

Step 3:

Once the Check Disk scan is done, press [R] and the [Windows] key simultaneously and enter the following command into the Run prompt:



Step 4:

Choose Restart now and check for problems. The system will immediately reboot.

windows memory diagnostic

Step 5:

This scan will take about 20 minutes to complete.  Once it is over, check to see if your issue is resolved.

windows memory diagnostic tool 1

Undo Recent Changes

Any recent changes you made to the system might trigger the blue screen issue. This includes recently added software or hardware. Remove the recently added items and revert recent changes to the default to resolve a problem related to these.

Update Drivers

An outdated, corrupt or faulty driver can also trigger the blue screen problem. You have to check all the devices on the system for the right driver. Update any devices that do not have the proper drivers. Here are the steps to do this:

Step 1:

Enter ‘Device Manager’ into the taskbar search box.

device manager

Step 2:

Use the right-click feature on the recently updated driver device.

device properties

Step 3:

Choose ‘Roll Back Driver.’ If the above option is not found by right-clicking, it indicates that the driver is the only one installed for the specific device. This can also be done by choosing the ‘Properties’ option after right clicking on the device in the Device Manager window and choosing the Driver tab on it. Then you will see the button with the ‘Roll Back Driver’ option.

roll back driver

Step 4:

Choose ‘Uninstall’ and reboot the system. The driver will be installed automatically as the system restarts.

Generally, a faulty device can be easily identified by an exclamation mark in yellow that appears beside it. Rolling back drivers can resolve the problems causing the page fault in nonpaged area errors on your computer.

Disable/ Adjust Automatic Paging File Size

Doing minor changes to the paging file can often fix the issue effectively, primarily if it is not related to hardware problems.

Step 1:

Open ‘Control Panel’ by entering it in the taskbar search box and clicking the appropriate choice. Select ‘System and Security’ and then just ‘System.’

system and security system

Step 2:

Choose ‘Advanced System Settings’ from the sidebar on the left side.

advanced system settings

Step 3:

On the page that opens, choose the Settings option under the Performance tab.

system properties settings

Step 4:

From the Performance settings, choose the ‘Advanced’ tab and click on the Change button found under the ‘Virtual Memory’ heading.

virtual memory change

Step 5:

Untick the box next to ‘Automatically manage paging file size for all drives’. Click on the ‘OK’ button to save the settings change you made. Exit the page now.

automatically manage paging file size for all drives

Step 6:

Restart the system and check to see if the problem is resolved.

Temporarily Disable Antivirus Software

The anti-virus software you have may also be the culprit. If this is the case, you have to uninstall the anti-virus program and reboot the system completely.

While it is rare for anti-virus software to cause this particular problem, it is best to check if this is the case. Anti-virus programs from companies that are not well-established have been known to create this type of problem. If uninstalling the program resolves the issue, you should find a different anti-virus to use on your computer.

Check the RAM

The RAM in your system may cause a Page Fault in Non-Paged Area Error. This occurs when the computer’s RAM is defective. Since most systems possess more than one RAM chip, you can resolve the issue by removing the defective chip and leaving the remaining chips as they are. You need to pop a chip out and start your computer. Some computers have a unique port that allows you to access the RAM easily, but others may require you to take the computer apart. Follow the instructions below to resolve the issue if it is related to the RAM:

Step 1:

Sometimes a power failure causes the RAM to malfunction and produce the page fault in a nonpaged area error. To begin, shut down the computer, unplug it and remove the battery, and access the RAM. Remove each RAM chip and reinsert it correctly.

Step 2:

Once all the RAM is reinserted, plug the computer back in and reboot the computer to see if the fault is corrected. If it is, you are done. If not you will need to continue checking each RAM chip one at a time.

Step 3:

Again, shut down the computer, unplug it and remove the battery, and access the RAM. Remove only one of the RAM chips this time, making sure to leave all the others in place. (If you just have one RAM chip, you will need to buy another one and replace it. Be sure to replace it with a RAM chip that is compatible with your computer.) The computer will not run without at least one compatible RAM chip installed.

Step 4:

Restart your computer and see if the problem is resolved. If you have removed the faulty chip, the issue will be resolved. If you still see the blue screen error, you have to reinsert the RAM chip you removed and remove another RAM chip. Go through each of the RAM chips in your computer by repeating Steps 3 and 4.

check the ram


We hope the page fault in non-paged area error has been resolved with one of the above methods. If after trying all the mentioned methods you still see the error, it indicates the problem is more complicated and needs professional care to function properly.

James Masterson
Meet the author

James is a software engineer and an information architect with a keen eye for detail. Among his key interests are enhancing the usability of our Windows 10 content, troubleshooting errors, and tech news. He's also enthusiastic about structured data, which he believes will help the world make better sense of information in the digital age.