Overview: Bluescreen errors are very common with Windows PC, DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL BSOD Error can be very frustrating, it does not let us use the computer, the system keeps restarting and sometimes it crashes right before or immediately after the login. Today in this post we will troubleshoot DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL BSOD Error on Windows 10.

So, let’s start with the real user’s practical scenarios!

Scenario 1: DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL Blue Screen Error on Windows 10

Some times my laptop’s screen become blue and it shows like ”your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart.we are just collecting some errors, info, and then you can restart. DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL.” it shows like this but it never restarts by itself.

Source: Microsoft Community

Scenario 2: DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL Windows 10

Hello! After getting creators update for my Windows 10 I started getting this kind of BSOD for a regular basis. I’ve tried to analyze memory dump using bluescreen view but it doesn’t show me any suspicious driver except that an issue happens in ntoskrln.exe.
I reinstalled windows into a clean partition and after 2 days of using it, I started to get the same BSOD.

Run Hardware Diagnostic

Hardware failure may be responsible for DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL error, perform a hardware test on your computer. Please follow the steps provided by your system manufacturer to run the hardware test, you can also search online or contact system manufacturer to learn how to run a hardware test on your PC. Perform the next step in case of no hardware failure.


Type in Powershell in the windows search box, make a right click on Windows Powershell and select Run as administrator.

Powershell as an admin

Copy and paste this command dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth on the PowerShell Window and press the enter key on the keyboard.


Run SFC Scan: Open Powershell windows once again, copy and paste this command sfc /scannow. It may take some time to finish the scan, do not close the windows before the scan completes.

Update Driver

A bad and outdated driver can cause DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL error. Press Windows + I key to open the Run box, type devmgmt.msc in the run box and click on OK to launch Device Manager, make a right click on desired device and select Update driver

Update devices from device manager

Also, check all device one by one to see if any device shows a yellow exclamation mark in front of them. If you see a yellow exclamation mark, make a right click to update them.

yellow exclamation mark in device manager

You can also make a right click on it and click uninstall and restart your PC, it should install the default driver itself, if not make a right click to install or update.

Roll Back Drivers

Sometimes recent installation of any driver may cause DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL error. Roll back the device driver, launch the device manager, try to figure out which driver was installed recently, select that device, make a right click on it and go to the Properties, go to the Driver tab, click on Roll Back Driver and Restart the PC.


Jump the step if the Roll Back Driver option is greyed out.

Run Anti Virus System Scan

Malware, viruses can infect and corrupt Windows, it may result in DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL error, run anti-virus scan to get rid of the infections. You can also run Windows Security. Type in Windows Security in Windows search box and open it, select Virus & threat protection, go to Scan options and run a Full Scan.

Run Full Scan using Windows Security

Run Hard Drive Scan

Run a drive scan to find out system files errors which may be the cause of DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL error, make a right click on the intended drive, normally it’s a C drive where windows 10 is installed. Go to the Properties and select the Tools tab and click on Check.

Scan disk

Update Windows

Updating windows 10 with the latest update may fix DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL BSOD error. Press Window + I to open Windows 10 Settings > Update & security > Windows Update > Check for updates, restart your PC after the update.

check for updates Windows 10

Update System BIOS And Necessary Drivers

BIOS update is a mandate to resolve many issues with the system, please visit PC manufacturer’s site to update the system BIOS, sound driver, and all the important driver.

Updating video card may fix DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL error. Use the below links to update the graphics driver, integrated Intel Graphics driver can be updated from device manager.

Update Nvidia Driver

Update AMD Driver

Uninstall Windows 10 Update

Recent Windows 10 update may also result in DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL error, in that case uninstalling the recent update may fix the error.

Open Windows 10 settings and click on View update history.


Click on uninstall updates which were recently installed.


Uninstall update one by one

Restart your PC after the uninstallation.

Perform System Restore

Restore your PC to a previous restore point to fix DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL BSOD error. It will undo all the recent changes made to the PC which may be the root cause of the error.

System restore will not delete with your personal files however, you will lose all the apps and updates that were installed after the restore point.

Write System Restore in Windows search box and open Create a restore point


Go to System Protection click on System restore


Select recommended restore or Choose a different restore point as shown below. Select a date which you think is related to the app, driver or update which has caused the DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL error and then click on next. Select the restore point created before the DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL error.


Choose the date and click on Next


Confirm your restore point and click on Finish.


It may take a long time to complete the process.

It has been noticed that because of blue screen DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL error, you are not able to use PC because of continuous restarts and it becomes impossible to troubleshoot. In that case, follow the steps mentioned below:

Utilize Safe Mode

DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL error may prevent you to log in to the windows because of continuous system restarts. In that case, press and hold the Shift key on the keyboard and while holding the shift key click on the restart on the Windows login screen as shown below to go to the Advanced Boot Options.

Windows 10 login screen

In case you are not able to go to the login screen then fail the system to start for a couple of times to go to the Windows Recovery Environment. To do so, start your PC, as soon as you see the system logo (Dell, Lenovo. HP, etc) hard shut down your PC by pressing and holding the power button, try this couple of times, it will take you to the Windows Recovery Environment.

Now click on Troubleshoot

Troubleshoot advanced option

Now click on Advanced options and then click on Startup Settings

Advanced options startup settings

Click on Restart

Restart Startup settings

The system should restart, press F4 or the 4 key on the keyboard to select Enable Safe Mode

Startup settings F4

In safe mode, uninstall windows update, corrupt driver which may be the reason for DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL error.

Also, try uninstalling the app which you think may be causing DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL error.

Press  Windows+ R key to open Run Box, type in appwiz.cpl and click OK.

Run-box appwiz.cpl

Click Uninstall to remove unnecessary Apps from your PC

uninstall program

Perform System Restore Outside OS Environment

Go to the Advanced Boot Option, start your PC, as soon as you see the system logo (Dell, Lenovo. HP, etc) hard shut down your PC by pressing and holding the power button, try this couple of times, it will take you to the Windows Recovery Environment.

Click on Troubleshoot

Troubleshoot Windows 10

Select Advanced options, click on System restore


The system will restart now, select your account and sign in then click Next

Date selection in system restore

Select the restore point created before the DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL error, click on Next, Click Finish to start System Restore.

Reinstall Windows

If all the above steps did not fix DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL error then it may the corrupt OS which needs to be reinstalled. You will lose all the data and apps on your PC, backup your data if you can. Visit the below link and follow the steps to reinstall Windows 10 on your PC.

Reinstall Windows 10

Important Note

  • Do not overclock your hardware component to avoid DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL error.
  • Contact your System manufacturer if you are receiving DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL error after replacing a hardware component on your PC.
  • Try swapping the memory module on your PC in case there are multiple memory installed, you can also try to use different memory slot and check for the DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL error.

Wrap Up

I hope troubleshooting provided above helped you to fix DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL error on your PC.

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