How To Fix "PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA" Blue Screen Of Death Error
PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA (or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA, depending on the operating system) is one of the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) errors. Basically, this error means that your computer was asking for a page of memory in order to continue working, but the page was not available and Windows operating system could not continue the processes it was running and then it crashed, giving you this PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA Blue Screen of Death error as a result.
You are probably wondering what is the Non-paged (NONPAGED) area. Lets say there are two main types of memory that are used for storing data: RAM (Random Access Memory) and Hard drive. They are not the only ones that are used for storing data, anyway, let's take these two as an example. The main difference between these two that one of them (RAM) is a temporary memory, and Hard drive is the permanent one. RAM remembers it's contents only when the computer is running, it is an operational memory. While hard drive stores data even when the computer is running.
RAM contains information that is necessary for the computer to process currently active tasks. When there is too much data and RAM is not able to store all of it, data that is not actively in use is temporarily stored in the page file. A page file is a location in the hard drive that is used as an additional RAM storage. When there is a task given that requires memory, pages of memory are getting swapped between RAM and that page file that is temporarily stored in the hard drive.
The Non-paged (NONPAGED) area is an area of memory that contains data that is vital/essential for the system to run. This is the data that is always necessary/required and it is always kept in RAM memory, the non-paged area. A non-paged area is an area where the data that must be kept in RAM memory is stored. The PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA (or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA) error occurs when Windows operating system cannot find the data that was supposed to be stored in the non-paged area. Usually this error occurs due to problems with the hardware, like corrupt sectors on the hard disk.
There are two possible scenarios: either you can successfully restart your computer and log into your Windows, or you can't event start it. If you can't start your Windows normally then you will need to try to boot it into Safe Mode or to use the Automatic Repair/Advanced Startup screen. Read this guide and use the "Interrupt Windows Boot Process" method, or use the Windows Installation CD/DVD/USB. If you are using a laptop and there is no CD/DVD-Rom, or you don't have the installation media, then you need to find out what function (F) key you need to press in order to launch boot menu.
Table of Contents:
- Check Your Disk For Errors
- Run Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool
- Update Your Drivers
- Temporarily Disable Your Antivirus
- Check Your RAM
- Video Showing How To Fix "PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA" Error
Check Your Disk For Errors
It is always a good idea to periodically check your disk for errors. There is a built-in tool in Windows tool to check the integrity of disks. It examines disks and corrects many types of common errors. You can run this tool from the command line or through a graphical interface. To run it from the command line, open Command Prompt, type "command prompt" and right-click on the "Command Prompt" result, select "Run as administrator" from the drop-down menu.
In Command Prompt window type the "chkdsk C: /f" command and press Enter on your keyboard. Replace "C" with the letter of your hard drive if it is not the C: drive you want to scan (or your Windows operating system is on another drive) on your computer. The "chkdsk C: /f" command detects and repairs logical issues affecting your drive. To repair physical issues, run the "chkdsk C: /r" command as well. You can run both commands at once by typing "chkdsk C: /f /r". Restart your computer to see if this helped you to fix the The PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA (or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA) error.
NOTE: If you will see a message saying that Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process and you get asked if you would like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restart, simply press "Y" key on your keyboard. You disk will be checked for errors after the restart.
Run Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool
This error message might appear due to a problem with your Random Access Memory (RAM). If your RAM is failing, then you should consider replacing it, but you need to be sure that this is where the problem exists. There is a built-in Windows tool called Windows Memory Diagnostic. We recommend that you run it to see if there is a problem with your computer memory. To open Windows Memory Diagnostic tool, type "memory diagnostic" in Search.
You will be given two options: 1) restart your computer now and check for problems immediately; 2) check for problems the next time you start your computer and let it do a scan before loading the Windows operating system. Choose which option suits you. This tool will report any problems with your RAM.
Update Your Drivers
The PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA (or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA) error might be caused by an old or incorrect drivers. If there were any recent software or driver updates, then it is possible that they are badly written or interacting with the area they should not interact. If that is the case, you need to get an updated/new drivers for your hardware. To update your drivers, open Device Manager by right-clicking the Start button and selecting "Device Manager" result from the contextual menu or type "device manager" in Search and click the "Device Manager" result.
In Device Manager you will see a list of devices connected to your computer. If you know what particular drivers are causing the problem, then you can update that driver only. However, if it is hard to tell which driver is causing the problem, you will have to update them all. Right-click the device and select "Update driver" from the drop-down menu.
You will be asked if you want to search for updated driver software automatically or to browse your computer for driver software. If you select the first option, then Windows will search your computer and the Internet for the latest driver software for your device. If you select the second option, then you will have to locate and install the drivers manually. Using this option requires having downloaded driver on your computer or USB flash drive and it is a longer process, because you will have to download all the latest drivers for all the devices manually by visiting the device manufacturer's official website. We recommend you to select the first option, select it and follow the instructions. Apply the steps to all devices.
NOTE: If you are using Safe Mode, then make sure that your Windows is started in Safe Mode with Networking. You need an internet connection in order to be able to download and update drivers.
Another way to update or install new drivers for devices is to do it by using third-party software such as Snappy Driver Installer. Snappy Driver Installer (SDI) is a powerful free driver updater tool for Windows that can store its entire collection of drivers offline. Having offline drivers gives Snappy Driver Installer the ability to have access to fast driver updates, even if there is no active internet connection on your computer. Snappy Driver works with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, it works with Windows XP as well. Drivers are downloaded through Snappy Driver Installer in what are called driverpacks, which are simply just collections (packs) of drivers for various hardware like sound devices, video cards, network adapters etc. It can also show duplicate drivers and invalid drivers. It separates the updates that require you to restart your computer so it would be easier for you to distinguish them from the rest. You can download Snappy Driver Installer from here. Or you can look for some other automated driver updated online that will help you to update all your drivers at once.
If updating drivers could not solve the problem, then you might want to try out reinstalling instead of updating. Simply select "Uninstall" device when in Device Manager and Windows will install the missing drivers automatically the next time you start your computer. If not, then selecting "Update driver" option will do it.
Temporarily Disable Your Antivirus
If you recently installed some antivirus software then it is possible that it is causing this PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA (or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA) error. Some users reported that temporarily disabling (or temporarily uninstalling) their antivirus fixed the problem. If this solves the problem, the we recommend you to contact your antivirus software developer and ask them if it is possible to solve this problem and prevent a particular software from causing the PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA (or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA) error. Read this guide if you are not sure how to disable your antivirus, this article contains detailed descriptions on how to disable some of the popular antivirus programs.
Check Your RAM
It is possible that the RAM chip is not connected properly or the slot (or chip) is dusty, or one of the RAM sticks is damaged and causes the PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA (or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA) error. If you know how to detach the RAM and then connect it back, then we recommend you to do it. Take the RAM chip out, make sure it is not dusty and put it back. Do not do this when your computer is turned on. When you finished, turn your computer on again and see if you are still getting the PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA (or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA) error. If one of the sticks is causing the problem, then you need to find out which one. Try to start your Windows without one of the sticks and see if the error still persists. Do this with different RAM stick removed. If at some point you won't get the error, then you will know what stick is causing the error and what stick needs to be replaced.
That's it, we hope this guide was helpful and you were able to fix the PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA (or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA) Blue Screen of Death error. If there is another method that solved this problem for you and it is not mentioned in our guide - do not hesitate to share it with us and with the others by leaving a comment in our comment section below.
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