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DRIVER PAGE FAULT IN FREED SPECIAL POOL error in Windows 10

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2. Run the hardware troubleshooter 

  1. Open the Settings app and go to the Update & Security section.
  2. Select Troubleshoot from the menu on the left.
  3. Select BSOD from the right pane and click Run the troubleshooter.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the troubleshooter.

If updating your drivers didn’t resolve the DRIVER_PAGE_FAULT_IN_FREED_SPECIAL_POOL error, we’ll try with a troubleshooting tool.

Windows 10 features a handy built-in troubleshooter that can help you with various issues, including the BSOD errors. So, we can try it and see if we have any luck.


3. Run the SFC scan

  1. Right-click on the Start Menu button, and open Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Enter the following line and press Enter:sfc/scannow
  3. Wait until the process is done (it may take a while).
  4. If the solution is found, it will automatically be applied.
  5. Now, close the Command Prompt and restart your computer.

The next troubleshooter we’re going to try is the SFC scan. This is a command-line tool that goes through your system searching for potential issues.

Of course, if resolving these issues is possible, the SFC scan will do it automatically.


4. Run DISM

  1. Right-click Start and open Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Paste the following command and press Enter:
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  3. Wait until the scan is finished.
  4. Restart your computer and try updating again.
  • With the Windows installation media
  1. Insert your Windows installation media.
  2. Right-click the Start menu and, from the menu, choose the Command Prompt (Admin).
  3. In the command line, type the following commands and press Enter after each:
    • dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
    • dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
  4. Now, type the following command and press Enter:
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /source:WIM:X:SourcesInstall.wim:1 /LimitAccess
  5. Make sure to change an X value with the letter of the mounted drive with Windows 10 installation.
  6. After the procedure is finished, restart your PC.

And the third troubleshooter we’re going to use is DISM. Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is a powerful tool that reloads the system image. So, it can also resolve potential BSOD errors.


5. Use a repair tool

BSoD error can affect all Windows operating systems and fixing them is quite a difficult task that requires a lot of patience, but using the right tool, you can fix it in no time.

Restoro repair

Restoro is powered by an online database that features the latest functional system files for Windows 10 PCs, allowing you to easily replace any elements that can cause a BSoD error.

This software can also help you by creating a restore point before starting the repairs, enabling you to easily restore the previous version of your system if something goes wrong.

This is how you can fix registry errors using Restoro:

  1. Download and install Restoro.
  2. Launch the application.
  3. Wait for the software to identify stability issues and possible corrupted files.
  4. Press Start Repair.
  5. Restart your PC for all the changes to take effect.

As soon as the fixing process is completed, your PC should work without problems, and you will not have to worry about BSoD errors or slow response times ever again.

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Disclaimer: This program needs to be upgraded from the free version in order to perform some specific actions.


6. Remove problematic software

Many applications can cause Blue Screen of Death errors to appear, and in order to fix this problem, it’s recommended to find and remove the problematic application.

In most cases this error is caused by your antivirus or firewall, therefore you’ll have to remove your antivirus or firewall to fix this error.

Users reported issues with Kaspersky Internet Security and GlassWire firewall, and according to them, updating these tools to the latest version fixed the BSoD error.

Bear in mind that sometimes you might have to completely remove all third-party antivirus programs in order to fix this error.

Uninstalling the antivirus software won’t be enough, and you might have to use a dedicated removal tool to remove all files and registry entries related to your antivirus.

Almost all major security companies have these tools available for download, so be sure to download one for your antivirus software.

Bear in mind that uninstalling third-party antivirus won’t leave your PC completely vulnerable because Windows 10 comes with its own antivirus software called Windows Defender.

If removing the antivirus software fixes the problem, you can now switch to a different antivirus tool, or you can install the same antivirus software again.

Few users also reported that Razer Overlay Support can also cause this error, so be sure to remove this tool and all files associated with it.


7. Update your SSD firmware

If you have Windows 10 installed on your SSD, you might be experiencing DRIVER_PAGE_FAULT_IN_FREED_SPECIAL_POOL error due to outdated firmware.

According to users, they managed to fix this error by updating firmware on their SSD, but before you decide to do that we urge you to back up all important files.

Updating SSD firmware is an advanced procedure, and if you’re not careful you can cause irreversible damage to your SSD, therefore be extra cautions and thoroughly check the instruction manual.


8. Reset Windows 10

  1. Restart your PC a few times during the boot sequence to start Automatic Repair.
  2. Choose Troubleshoot > Reset this PC > Remove everything. If you get asked to insert Windows 10 installation media, be sure to do that.
  3. Select Only the drive where Windows is installed > Just remove my files and click the Reset button.
  4. Follow the instructions and wait for the process to finish.

If this error is caused by software, you can fix it by performing Windows 10 reset. To perform Windows 10 reset, follow the above steps.

You should know that Windows 10 reset is quite similar to clean install, so we advise you to back up all important files from your C partition.

To complete Windows 10 reset you might need a bootable USB flash drive with Windows 10 on it, and you can easily create one by using Media Creation Tool.

After the reset process is completed you’ll have a new installation of Windows 10. If the error appears again, it’s most likely that the error is caused by faulty hardware.


9. Check if your hardware is working properly

Hardware issues can also cause Blue Screen of Death errors to appear, therefore we urge you to remove or replace any recently installed hardware and check if that fixes the BSoD error.

If the error isn’t caused by new hardware, be sure to check your RAM. To do that, you need to test RAM modules one by one until you find a faulty module.

Few users reported that after reseating their RAM the issue was resolved, so be sure to try that. If your RAM is working properly, check other hardware components such as your motherboard, graphic card, network adapter, hard drive, etc.


DRIVER_PAGE_FAULT_IN_FREED_SPECIAL_POOL BSoD error can be a problem, but you can easily fix this error by removing the problematic applications or by updating the outdated drivers.

We hope that these recommendations from our list were helpful to fix the BSoD error. For more suggestions, please access the comments section below.

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This post was written by Milan Stanojevic and was first posted to WindowsReport

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