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I just restored my entire system about 2 months ago and have been getting the BSOD for almost the entire time since. I have a lot of software on this system and have not been able to determine the culprit.

If you are also troubled by this error, here are a couple of troubleshooting tips to help you resolve the 0x00000004 – IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL error in Windows.


How do I fix the 0x00000004 error code?

1. Use the Automatic Repair option

  1. Click on Start and select Settings.
  2. Go to Update & Security.
  3. Open the Recovery tab from the left pane.
  4. Scroll down to the Advanced Startup section and click the Restart now button.
  5. Choose an Option, click on Troubleshoot.
  6. Select Advanced Options under Troubleshoot.
  7. Click on Startup Repair.
  8. Windows will now scan your PC for any startup issues and fix the problem.
  9. If you get the Startup repair failed messages, click on Shut down and then restart your PC.

What if you are unable to boot into Windows?

  1. Shut down your computer.
  2. Press the power button and press F8 / F11 / F12 or Shift + F8 as soon as the black screen appears to access the Advanced Boot option.
  3. If that did not work, try accessing the Advanced Boot option using Windows media.

Access Advanced Boot Options using Windows media

0x00000004 - IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
  1. First, you need to create a bootable Windows 10 installation media. If you don’t have one, follow these steps to create a bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive.
  2. Once the drive is ready, insert the flash drive to your computer.
  3. Restart your system and press any key to boot from the installation media.
  4. If the Press any key to boot now from CD or DVD message is not displayed, then you may have to change the boot priority in BIOS.
  5. Once you are in the Windows Setup screen, click Next.
  6. Click on the Repair your computer link.
  7. Under Choose an option, click on Troubleshoot.
  8. Click on Advanced options > Startup Repair.

Windows will now scan the system for any issues that is preventing the system from booting normally.


Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your Windows 10 PC? Use our dedicated guide to fix this problem.


2. Run the System File Checker tool

  1. Click on Start and type cmd.
  2. Click on Run as Administrator for the Command Prompt option.
  3. In the Command Prompt, type the following command and hit enter:
    sfc /scannow 0x00000004 - IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
  4. The System File Checker tool will scan the system for missing or corrupted files and replace them with new files.
  5. Close the Command Prompt once the verification is 100% complete.

The System file checker is a command-line tool that will scan your system for potential issues and resolve them on the way, of course, if possible.

If you encounter errors while running SFC, it stops or does not work at all on Windows 10, you can use our dedicated guide in order to fix this problem.


3. Check for driver issues

The error can occur due to incompatible hardware drivers for recently installed devices. If you know which device is causing the issue, you can update it from Device Manager.

However, searching drivers yourself or updating manually from Device Manager can be time-consuming. Instead, you can use an automatic tool to keep your drivers up to date.

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This post was written by Tashreef Shareef and was first posted to WindowsReport



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