fix IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL on Windows 10

When you’re playing games in Windows 10, if you keep getting IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL blue screen error, it can be frustrating. This error probably is caused by faulty drivers, which are programmed to access improper hardware addresses. To fix this error, simply try solutions in this post.

There are 4 solutions to fix this blue screen error. You may not have to try them all. Just work your way down at the top of the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Update the drivers
  2. Uninstall the problem drivers
  3. Perform a System Restore
  4. Reset or reinstall Windows
IMPORTANT: You’ll need to be logged into Windows on the problem computer to try any of these solutions. If you can’t log into Windows, restart it in Safe Mode, then try these solutions.

Solution 1: Update the drivers to fix IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

The problem can be caused by missing or corrupted drivers. To fix the problem, update the drivers. If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update the drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks:

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to one device to automatically download and install the correct version of their driver (you can do this with the FREE version). Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at

Solution 2: Uninstall problem drivers to fix IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

The problem can be caused by faulty drivers. To fix the problem, go to Device Manager and find the faulty drivers, then uninstall the drivers. If a driver is having problems, you’ll see a yellow mark next to its device (see the screenshot shown below).

Following steps are for your reference on how to uninstall a driver:

1) Press Win+R (Windows logo key and R key) at the same time to invoke the run box.

2) Type devmgmt.msc and click OK. Then Device Manager window will open. 

3) In Device Manager, locate the faulty driver. If the driver is having problems, you’ll see a yellow mark next to the device name. Then right-click on the device name (For example, uninstall graphics card driver.) and select Uninstall.

4) If prompted to confirm the uninstall, check the box next to “Delete the driver software for this device.” then click the OK button. If you don’t see this box, just click OK to uninstall the driver.

5) Restart your PC and check to see if the blue screen is gone.

Solution 3: Perform a System Restore to fix IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

The last solution that you can try is to do a system restore. If your System Protection is turned on, Windows will create a restore point before you install the driver. Then you can follow these steps to restore the driver to an earlier version to fix this issue.

System Restore allows your system to go back to an earlier state. So some content of your system, like system settings, some programs, the registry, will be affected. But your personal files and data won’t be changed.

1) Press Win+R (Windows logo key and R key) at the same time to invoke a run box.

2) Type rstrui.exe and click OK. The System Restore Window will open.

3) Click Next then you may see the following screen. Select a restore point created before the error occurred. You can tell from the created Date and Time. Click Next to continue and follow the on-screen instructions to finish the restore.

4) Reboot your PC and check to see if the blue screen is gone.

Solution 4: Reset or reinstall Windows

If all else fails, you may have to reset Windows, or maybe even reinstall it together. We all know reinstalling will delete all the data on your hard drive, you have to back up all your important files before doing it.
However, with Fortect, there’s no need for lengthy back-ups, support phone calls, or risk to your personal data. It can reset Windows to the state exactly when it was just installed without affecting third-party software.
Here’s how to use it:

  1. Download and install Fortect.
  2. Open Fortect and click Yes to run a free scan of your PC.
  3. Fortect will scan your computer thoroughly. This may take a few minutes.
  4. Once done, you’ll see a detailed report of all the issues on your PC. To fix them automatically, click START REPAIR. This requires you to purchase the full version. But don’t worry. If Fortect doesn’t solve the issue, you can request a refund within 60 days.
The Pro version of Fortect comes with 24/7 technical support. If you need any assistance, please contact Fortect support:

But treat these options as a last resort, because they both take quite a long time.

Hope the solutions above will help you fix the IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL blue screen error. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave your comments. We’d love to hear any ideas and suggestions.

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