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FULL FIX: SYSTEM PTE MISUSE BSoD error in Windows 10


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5. Run DISM

Standard way

  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.

And the last troubleshooting tool we’re going to use is DISM. This tool is more powerful than the previous two, as it deploys the system image all over 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 computer.

6. Remove your antivirus software

Third-party applications can cause these types of errors, especially if they aren’t compatible with your PC.

To fix these errors you need to find and remove the problematic software, and rather often the cause for this error can be your antivirus or firewall.

Even though antivirus programs are important for your security, it’s advised that you remove them completely in order to fix this error.

Uninstalling your antivirus software might not fix this error because many antivirus programs tend to leave files and registry entries behind once you remove them.

According to the reports, even those files can cause SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE Blue Screen of Death error to appear, therefore it’s important that you remove them.

You can do this manually, but that’s a tedious and hard task, so it’s better to use a dedicated removal tool. Many antivirus companies have these tools available for download on their website.


7. Use Safe Mode

  1. Hold the Shift key on your keyboard and click the Restart button. Alternatively, you can restart your computer a few times during the boot sequence to start Automatic Repair.
    system-pte-misuse-restart
  2. Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings.
  3. Click the Restart button.
  4. When your computer restarts you’ll see a list of options. Select Safe Mode with Networking by pressing 5 or F5.
  5. Your computer will now enter Safe Mode.

When Safe Mode starts, Windows 10 will use only the default applications and drivers, so be sure to check if the SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE error appears again.

If the BSoD error doesn’t appear, it means that it was caused by a third-party application or a driver that you have installed, and you can use the Safe Mode to remove the problematic software.

As previously mentioned, these errors can be caused by software, such as third-party applications or even drivers.

If you’re getting SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE error, it’s advised that you start your PC in Safe Mode. To enter Safe Mode, follow the steps above.


8. Overclock or underclock your RAM

Apparently, there are problems with certain RAM modules, and if this error is appearing on your PC, you might have to check your RAM settings.

According to users, certain RAM modules use 1600MHz frequency as default, but it seems that certain motherboards cannot support that frequency, and that’s the cause for SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE error.

To fix this error, users are suggesting to underclock your RAM modules and change their frequency to 1333MHz.

Alternatively, you can keep the default frequency but you need to increase the voltage of your RAM from 1.5V to 1.6V.

You can do most of these changes right from BIOS, but we have to warn you that overclocking and underclocking can be potentially dangerous and cause permanent damage to your PC if you’re not careful.

If you decide to overclock or underclock your RAM, you should know that you’re doing it at your own risk.


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9. Check your hardware and clean your PC from dust

SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE and many other BSoD errors can be caused by your hardware, so you should check it if it’s working properly.

Quite often these errors are caused by faulty RAM, therefore it’s advised that you check your RAM modules one by one. If you want to perform a detailed scan, we advise you to use a special tool.

We should also mention that sometimes you just need to reseat your RAM modules in order to fix this error. If your PC is filled with dust, we advise that you clean it with a pressurized air can.

In addition, dust can sometimes get into slots on your motherboard, thus making your PC unable to recognize certain hardware. To fix this, just clean the dusty slots with pressurized air.

SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE Blue Screen of Death error can cause many problems, but this error can be easily fixed by replacing the faulty RAM or by underclocking it.

If that doesn’t work, feel free to try other solutions from this article and let us know what worked for you in the comments section below.


FAQ: Learn more about Blue Screen of Death errors

  • What is blue screen error in Windows 10?

Learn everything about them by reading this thorough article dedicated to fixing BSoD errors.

  • Can a faulty motherboard cause BSOD?

Yes, a faulty motherboard can cause such problems. Take a look at our detailed article about motherboard-related issues to read everything about it.

  • Does factory reset fix blue screen of death?

There are better ways to fix the problem. Check our quick article containing all the different solutions you can try to solve the BSoD

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in June 2016 and was revamped and updated in February 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.



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

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