PNP Detected Fatal Error on Windows 10 [Solved]

is a common yet critical error that could occur when Windows is damaged or fails to work due to missing files or corrupted system components. 

Cause of Error

According to what we can see on Microsoft forum, the cause of this error could be summed up as follows: 

PNP stands for Plug and Play, which is the interface of your operating system that allows devices such as USB drives and headphones to work. Based on the possible cause of this error, we will provide five different ways for you to fix it by yourself.

Ways to fix PNP_DETECTED_FATAL_ERROR problem in Windows 10

Method One: Uninstall Drivers or Software
Method Two: System Restore
Method Three: Run Windows System File Checker
Method Four: Clean System Junk
Method Five: Update Drivers Automatically (Recommended)

Method One: Uninstall Drivers or Software

1) First, you need to go to Safe Mode. There are usually Safe Mode on the four corners indicating that you are in the safe mode.

2) Navigate to Device Manager in safe mode.  

3) If you have recently updated any drivers for any devices, please locate the exact device and roll the driver back to its previous version. 

4) If the cause of this problem could be that of a newly installed or updated program, please go to Programs and Features to uninstall it from your computer.

If you are not sure what could be the problematic driver or program that cause this problem, it is suggested that you use the second method.


Method Two: System Restore

This process will help you restore your system to a previous version which is still workable. 

1) First, go to Safe Mode

2) Then press Windows key and R at the same time to invoke a Run command. Type in rstrui.exe and hit Enter.

3) Choose to roll back to the time when your computer still functioned well. Then Click Next.

4) Wait for a while for your computer to finish the job for you. 

Method Three: Run Windows System File Checker

1) Type cmd on the search box, then right click on the Command Prompt option and choose Run as administrator.

2) Select Yes at the prompt.

3) Type in sfc/ scannow and hit Enter key.

4) This process could take a while, please be patient. 

5) System File Checker will help you fix the problem that could cause this error. If this problem still persists, please try the methods below. 

Method Four: Clean System Junk

1) Type in cmd on the search box, then right click on the Command Prompt option and choose Run as administrator

2) Select Yes at the prompt. 

3) Type in cleanmgr and hit Enter. Then the Disk Cleanup will detect how much occupied disk space you can reclaim.

4) Then the Disk Cleanup window will provide you with series boxes to choose. Drag down to Temporary files, tick the box in front of it and choose OK.

5) Or you can check any category that you would like to clean up and repeat the process above. 

Method Five: Update Drivers Automatically (Recommended)

PNP_DETECTED_FATAL_ERROR errors can be related to corrupt or outdated device drivers. Driver Easy is a program that can help you with this problem. It can help you detect the missing driver or outdated that could cause sever problem in your computer. Not only so, it is very easy to use. There are only two steps involved. 

1) Scan. Press the Scan Now button so Driver Easy will do the work. 

2) Update. Choose the drivers that we found for you and click Update.

Free version of Driver Easy is equally powerful as the paid professional version. Yet it requires that you update the downloaded drivers manually. Here is a post showing you how to do it.

If you are looking for a faster download speed and more features such as driver back up an driver restore, it is suggested that you use the professional version. Moreover, professional version allows you to update all your driver in just one click. If you are not satisfied with our solution and our service after the purchase, you can ask for a refund within 30 days. Why not have a try now?

Sophie Luo, in Blue Screen Error Tags: BSODWindows 10
  • vineeth

    Help me . Stop code:PNP detected fatal back up to recovery

  • Anjum

    I tried to restore the system from the blue screen troubleshooting > advanced > system restore. But it didn’t work. I keep getting an error which says system restore unsuccessfull…what do I do

    • Sophie Luo

      Hi, Anjum.

      Could you please tell me is there any error code that you could see when you got the unsuccessful notification? Error code could be in the form of the combination of numbers and letters or just some wordings.

      If possible, would you please take a picture of the screen and then send it back to us? We will be more capable of helping you with it when we have more information from you.

      Thanks in advance for your assistance.