Check for driver errors with Driver Verifier

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Hello! A faulty driver can cause many problems for a computer. In fact, the main warning signal is the BSOD. This is usually caused by a problematic driver. Fortunately, there are blue screen error codes and memory dumps to tell you what is wrong. With this information we can go to the misbehaving driver and update or remove it completely. However, sometimes these codes are useless. In fact, the computer may not be able to locate the specific driver failure. Or even, there is no BSOD and the computer just freezes. In these cases, I suggest you use Diver Verifier. This tool puts additional pressure on the controllers to provoke a response. That is to say, if there is a mistake, then the app detects it and reports it through a blue screen. So today we will see how to check for driver errors with Driver Verifier.

Prerequisite

As mentioned, Diver Verifier identifies the problem through a blue screen or BSOD. In addition, you will most likely not be able to log in before the system crashes. For that reason it is highly recommended that you create and restore your system. If you don’t know how to do it, please watch this tutorial. But even without having made this step, it is possible to solve the BSOD as we will see ahead.

How to use the driver verifier in Windows 10

As we have detailed, the main function of this app is to identify problematic drivers. So the first thing we will do is to run the app. With this intention, please press the Win+Q combination and type verifier.

Once the app is launched, please click on Create custom settings (for code developers)

Please click on Create custom settings (for code developers)
Please click on Create custom settings (for code developers)

The following window offers the set of tests that will be done on the controllers. Please check all of them, except those corresponding to Randomized low resources simulation and DDI Compliance Check.

On the next screen, click on Select driver name from a list.

Select the name of the drivers from a list.
Select the name of the drivers from a list.

Most likely, the problematic drivers are different from those provided by Microsoft. Therefore, please follow the steps below. First, click on the Provider tab. This will organize the drivers according to their manufacturer. Then, check the boxes for other non-Microsoft providers. Then click on Finish.

Please select the drivers not provided by Microsoft.
Please select the drivers not provided by Microsoft.

When you press Finish, Windows will ask you to restart your computer. When you do this, Windows will start with Driver Verifier enabled. Please continue to use the computer normally. If the app generates a blue screen, please check the error message and restart the computer.

Disabling Driver Verifier

Back in Windows it is possible to disable Diver Verifier in two ways. In the first place run the tool and use the option Delete existing settings. Then click on finish.

Please select Delete existing settings
Please select Delete existing settings

If you cannot enter Driver Verifier there is still another option. To do so, enter a CMD and run the following command:

verifier /bootmode resetonbootfail

Alternatively you can run this command:

verifier /reset

On the other hand, if you have created a restore point, then you can use that option.

Ultimately we have seen how to check for driver errors with Driver Verifier. Certainly it is a tool more than interesting to solve problems of controllers in the system. All right, that’s it for now. Please stay tuned for more news on Windows 10.

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