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FIX: Kernel mode heap corruption BSoD in Windows 10


Kernel Mode Heap corruption is one such BSoD error and many users have reported that this error has crashed their system. Here’s what one user had to say on the Microsoft Answers forum:

I’ve been having this BSoD for a week now when I’m playing The Witcher 3 on my drive D: so I updated and ssd’s firmware and it’s still the same. Then I updated my BIOS and the BSOD went away but it still restarts my machine.

If you want to solve this problem in a simple way, follow the steps in this article, so keep reading!


How can I fix the kernel mode heap corruption BSOD?

1. Use a repair tool

The BSoD errors affect all Windows operating systems and fixing them is quite a difficult task that requires a lot of patience.

However, to make sure that you don’t do more harm than good to your operating system, we recommend using a repair tool like DriverFix to do the job for you.


2. Check graphics drivers for issues

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run.
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and press OK to open the Device Manager. 
  3. In the Device Manager expand the Display Adapter section.
  4. Right-click on your video card and select Update Driver.
  5. Click on Search automatically for updated driver software.
  6. Wait for Windows to search and download any pending update for the driver.
  7. Reboot the system and check for any improvements.

3. Try to install the old driver manually

  1. Make sure you have the latest version as well as the older version of the graphics card driver downloaded.
  2. Disconnect Ethernet / Wi-Fi if connected.
  3. Press Windows Key + R to open Run.
  4. Type msconfig and press OK.
  5. In the System Configuration window, click on the Boot tab and check the Safe Boot option.
    Safe Boot mode Windows 10
  6. Click Apply and OK. Reboot the computer.
  7. After the restart, run DDU. Select all the NVIDIA Software and drivers.
    Use DDU to Uninstall Graphic Driver
  8. Click on Clean, but do not restart.
  9. Again open the System Configuration window.
  10. Go to Boot tab and uncheck Safe boot. Click Apply and OK to save the changes.
  11. Now install the older version of the Graphics Card driver and select Custom Install.
  12. Make sure you only install the GPU driver and uncheck everything else.
  13. Finish the installation.

4. Check for graphic card hardware issues

Kernel mode heap corruption - Lower Video card speed

The Kernel Mode Heap Corruption error can also occur if your graphics card has compatibility issues or if it is not placed properly.

Many users have reported this issue to have occurred after they mistakenly placed the video card in the wrong PCIe lane.

 Check if you have inserted the video card in the right PCIe lane. For proper instructions check your motherboard manual.

Another thing that can help you fix this error if due to your NVIDIA video card is reducing the memory clock speed to below factory clock speed.


We hope that our recommendations from this guide were helpful for you to solve the kernel mode heap corruption BSoD in Windows 10. For more suggestions, please access the comments section below.



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



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