How to fix Windows 10 Orange Screen of Death

Though uncommon, the Windows 10 Orange Screen of Death is one of the issues where hardware is the culprit, and it is majorly caused by GPU issues. If you face this stop error, here is how you can fix this Orange Screen of Death on Windows 10.

Windows 10 Orange Screen of Death

Windows 10 Orange Screen of Death

Multiple reasons have been reported or Orange Screen of Death. Some had this issue when watching a YouTube video, some were not able to boot into Windows and instead saw a  FAULTY_HARDWARE_CORRUPTED_PAGE or WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR error. It can even occur when waking up from Sleep. Some had this issue with BitLocker, while yet others faced it when using a second monitor. Here are tips which can help you resolve this problem.

  1. Update Drivers
  2. Lower Clockspeed of GPU
  3. Fix DRIVER_IRQL issue
  4. Perform Automatic Repair
  5. Uninstall recently installed Software

1] Update Graphics drivers

GPU or Graphics Drivers are the primary reason why this issue usually occurs. It is possible the driver is either corrupt or the new version is not compatible with the current system. You have two options. Either update the Graphics driver to the latest version – or if you recently installed a new version, roll it back.

If you are not able to boot into Windows 10 at all, you need to use the Advanced Recovery mode and boot into Safe Mode. Once there, make sure to check the Graphics driver details and match it with the version available on the computer. If Windows Update cannot download it, you can try downloading it manually from the OEM’s website.

2] Overclocked GPU

If you have a GPU of which the clock speed can be changed, try to lower it down and check if it stops the Orange Screen of Death. While GPU’s are known to be overclocked, sometimes it doesn’t work as expected.

3] DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_OR_LESS_EQUAL

If you get this error message with an Orange Screen, Its because of incorrect address allocated to the driver. It can also indicate that a kernel-mode driver attempted to access pageable memory at a process IRQL that was too high.

4] Boot into Safe Mode and Automatic Repair

When updating the graphics driver does help, it is best to roll back the system to a point where it was working well. Boot into Advanced Repair mode, and I would suggest choosing a restore point which is maybe a week old. Make sure to back up the data on the desktop as it will be lost. Run Automatic Startup Repair and see if that helps.

5] Uninstall recently installed Software

Did you install software and ten faced this problem? I have heard reports of many software which had caused this issue. I would suggest you check the recently introduced software list, and figure out if you had installed anything. If yes, uninstall and check if you still have the issue.

Lastly, if nothing is working for you, it is best to check the System Log in Event Viewer for additional error message. In case it’s not the GPU but some other device or driver is causing the issue, it can be identified. Try disabling the driver, and see if the issue persists.

Did you know that there are Purple, Brown, Yellow, Red, Green Screen of Deaths too?

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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