Fix Kmode Exception Not Handled Error [Full Steps]

If you’re reading this, you’re probably having a bit of trouble with Windows 10 aren’t you? We’ve all had the misfortune of seeing the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) at least a few times. Usually, BSODs can be fixed with a simple  restart. But you can occasionally run into a recurring BSOD and it can be annoying. “Kmode exception not handled” is one such error that has caused a lot of headaches for a normal PC user. But fear not, it’s a simple fix that doesn’t require technical knowledge. Let’s jump in to what it is and how to fix 0x0000001E error.

If you can’t boot into Windows at all, do not worry. Just try booting into Safe mode and follow the steps which are listed.

What is Kmode exception not handled in Windows 10?

Kmode exception not handled error indicates that the kernel-mode generated program generated an exception that the error handler did not catch. Simply put, when applications overwrite over each other’s memory, they throw out a lot of errors. This can cause an application crash or sometimes a complete system crash, triggering the BSOD.

How to fix Kmode exception not handled

There are a lot of ways to fix this 0x0000001E error. The following methods will help you fix Kmode Exception Not Handled error in Windows 10, 8 and 7.

1. Disable Fast Start-up

If you’re running into frequent system crashes, disabling Windows Fast startup can be very helpful and can even fix the problem. Sure, it’s a nifty feature but if it is a faulty driver(more on that later) it can load up all the problems that were present before. Sacrificing the speedy recovery from sleep maybe the best option to keep the system from crashing long enough so that you can focus on other issues. Ways to do it are given below:

  • Find control panel on the settings menu and open it up.
  • You’ll find the “System and Security” option and then click on “power options”.
  • On the left-hand side, look for”Choose what the power buttons do” and a dialogue box will appear when you press it.
  • Then, click on  “Change settings that are currently available” link at the top of the page.
  • Find the heading “Shutdown settings” and uncheck the box that reads “Turn on fast start-up”.
  • Save the changes and exit.

If this still doesn’t make your error go away, you have other options.

2. Using System File Checker

System File Checker or SFC is one of the most useful tools in a situation like this. It’s a tool that Windows provides to fix itself by repairing or replacing corrupted or missing files. Running this program may seem complicated at the first glance but it is honestly a piece of cake.

  • First run the inbox Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool prior to running the System File Checker. To do this, open an elevated command prompt from the start menu. Enter the command “DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth” and press Enter. It will take a few minutes for this operation to be completed.
  • Now, in the command prompt, enter the command “sfc/scannow” and press Enter. The sfc /scannow command will scan all protected system files, and replace corrupted files with a cached copy that is located in a compressed folder at %WinDir%\System32\dllcache. The %WinDir% placeholder represents the Windows operating system folder. For example, C:\Windows.

Windows should be able to repair the corrupted files and Kmode exception not handled error would probably be solved.

3. Update drivers

The most probable cause for Kmode exception not handled is a faulty driver. Updating the driver would usually make the problem go away. Unfortunately for you, this can sometimes cause more errors and a Kmode not handled BSOD. So it’s much more safer to boot into the safe mode and update your drivers in that mode.

You can boot into safe mode from the advanced boot menu.

  • Then press Windows key + X together and choose Device manager from the context menu. Alternatively you can go to the control panel and open “Hardware and Sound”. Then, you’ll find Device manager under the heading “Devices and Printers”.
  • Right-click on the unknown device. It’s the one that’s most likely to be causing the BSOD.
  • Choose Update Driver from the drop down menu. When prompted, select “Search automatically for updated driver software” and wait for Windows to update the driver on it’s own.
  • Restart the computer and you should be good to go.

If even this doesn’t work, use google to find the latest update for your drivers by searching the hardware manufacturers’ names. Update everything manually and then restart. This is a time-consuming method, but is also the most likely to solve the BSOD.

4. Hardware incompatibility can cause KMode_Exception_Not_Handled

This isn’t much of a fix as it is a cause of the issue. If you’ve recently updated your Windows 10 and then started seeing all of the Kmode exception not handled errors popping up, it could be that your hardware isn’t compatible with the latest software. You should check the official Microsoft documentation to get everything cleared up.

5. Faulty RAM

In order to determine that the RAM is the one that’s causing all the trouble, you have to run the Windows memory diagnostic tool The steps to do it are given below:

  • Search for memory diagnostic tool in the search bar and open up the given result.
  • You can choose either “restart now and check for problems” or “Check for problems the next time I start my computer” according to your convenience.

Wait for the scan to complete. If any hard errors exist, it’s probably because the RAM isn’t working like it should be. Check if the RAM is loosely connected and reboot it again. If the problem still persists, you might want to change your RAM kit.

6. Run Memory Diagnostics

Click on the Windows button and search for “Windows Memory Diagnostic”. 

It will ask you to restart and check for problems. Select the option and let it run a full system memory check. After checking, the report will be shown instantly or on the next startup.

7. Repair Windows 10 or 8

If none of the methods work, you can do a fresh install of Windows or use the default Windows Repair/reset button. This will also remove all your installed programs and its data. So, make sure to take a full data backup before doing this.

Final Thoughts

If you have the Kmode exception not handled error, hopefully I have been able to help you. Let us know which method helped you to fix the problem.

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