The Blue Screen errors are fatal errors that can occur when Windows starts up. For example, IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL is a Blue Screen error caused due to corrupted memory that happens when the Operating System fails to operate safely and the user will fail to access the features of Windows. Whenever the driver tried to access the memory address which is invalid or without authorization, then this error appears. If you encounter this error and want to resolve it effectively, then you have landed on the right place. In this article, we will provide a foolproof solution to this issue.
What are the reasons behind an error IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL Windows 7?
- Outdated or corrupted driver
- Improper installation of the software
- Corrupt files
- Downgrading current version of Windows to lower version
How to fix IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL Windows 7?
If this is your first time, then go for the basic solutions. You can restart your computer to check whether the error persists or not. If you have installed any new hardware or software, then remove the same. Luckily, if you can access Windows 7, then follow the listed solutions mentioned below to fix the issue.
However, if you failed to Login to the computer, then try the solutions in the safe mode. So, first, get access to the safe mode and then apply the solutions.
1] Access Safe Mode with Networking
- Make sure your PC is turned off completely.
- Now, turn ON your computer and immediately press the F8 key to get the Advanced Boot Option. the time is too short, so you need to perform the task quickly, which means less than a second.
- In the ‘Advanced Boot Options,’ you will get ‘Safe Mode’ options, use your arrow key and select ‘Safe Mode with Networking’ and then press the ‘Enter’ key.
- That’s it; now follow the solutions listed beneath to resolve the issue.
2] Clean Boot to enable the services to operate in Windows 7 smoothly
- Press the Windows and R keys to open the ‘Run’ box.
- Type ‘msconfig’ in the box and click on the ‘OK’ button.
- Thereafter, system configuration pop-up window will appear, click on the ‘General’ tab.
- Move to the ‘Selective startup’ section and uncheck the box ‘Load startup items’.
- After completing the above step, click on the ‘Services’ tab.
- Soon, you will find the list of services offered by Windows 7, click on the checkbox ‘Hide all Microsoft Services’ located at the bottom of the page.
- Now click on ‘Disable all’ and further click on the ‘OK’ button.
- Restart your computer to resolve the issue.
3] Run System File Checker
Corrupt System Files are the major reasons behind an error IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL Windows 7. So, you need to check those files and the System File Checker tool will help you to resolve the issue
- Click on the ‘Start’ menu and then type ‘CMD’ in the search bar. Or right-click on the Start button.
- Soon, you will get the search result or a list of options. If you are searching for CMD then select CMD in the next window and right-click on it and choose ‘Run as administrator’. Else go with ‘Command Prompt (Admin)’ from the given list.
- Thereafter, you will get the command box, type ‘sfc/scannow’ and press the ‘Enter’ key.
- The windows will take time to find the corrupt files and after getting the same SFC tool will replace it.
- Now restart your computer to see the changes.
4] Update your Driver
Outdated drivers play a key role behind an error IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL Windows 7. So, if you are using the outdated driver, then update the same immediately by following the steps listed below.
- Right-Click on the ‘Start’ menu and then choose the ‘Device Manager’ option and press the ‘Enter’ key.
- Thereafter, a pop-up window will appear showing the features of the device.
- Move to the ‘Display Adapter’ section and then click on the arrow button to expand the features.
- Now select the driver, right-click on it and choose an option of ‘Update driver’.
- After completing the above-mentioned process, restart your computer.
5] Remove Hardware
If you have plugged in any new hardware, then unplug it because the hardware might be incompatible with the OS and hence give rise to an issue. The compatibility is a feature that enables the software or hardware to run smoothly in the Windows Operating System and the configuration of the same is designed by Microsoft. In short, it means a path provided by Microsoft to Software to access the OS and if the path is different, then BSOD arises. So, whenever you install any new hardware or software make sure it meets the requirements of the OS.
6] Uninstall newly installed application
As stated earlier, newly installed software might be properly configured with the system and hence generate the error IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL Windows 7. So, to resolve the same, uninstall those applications and the process for the same is listed below.
- Open Control Panel by pressing Win+X+P keys together.
- Thereafter, the control panel page will appear, click on ‘Programs’.
- Soon, you will find the list of installed applications; select the one which you feel can create an issue and further click on the ‘Uninstall’ button.
- Now, restart your computer to apply the changes.
7] Install Updates
Windows OS mostly installs the updates automatically, but if the mode is selected manual, then you will have to perform the task and for your solace, the steps are listed below.
- Press Win+X+P to open Control Panel.
- Now go to System and Security
- And then click on Windows Update
- Now you can see a Check for updates button is there. Click it and follow the further steps from there to update your system & drivers.
Hence, these were some of the effective solutions against the issue of IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL Windows 7. Apply the methods carefully to resolve the issue. On the off chance, if you stuck amid the steps, then don’t get worried just contact us, our techies will assist you and will fix the error in a quick time.