Thread Stuck in Device Driver in Windows 10 [SOLVED]

Camilla Mo, in Blue Screen Error Tags: DriversWindows

THREAD STUCK IN DEVICE DRIVER blue screen error most probably was caused by faulty video card driver or damaged video card. If you meet this error, try solutions in this post to fix it. All solutions work for Windows 10, 7, 8, XP & Vista.

When the blue screen issue appear, restart your PC. After that, you can successfully use Windows again. If you can’t enter the Normal Mode, go to Safe Mode instead. 

Then use solutions below to fix the error.


Solution 1: Update video card drivers

Outdated corrupted video card drivers can be the main cause, so make sure you have the latest driver for your video card. If there is problem with the video card driver, in Device Manager, you probably would see a yellow mark next to the device.

You can update the video card drivers manually, but if you don’t have time, patience or computer skills, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to a flagged graphics driver to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (you can do this with the FREE version). Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).


Solution 2: Update sound card drivers

Problematic sound card drivers can also be the cause. Updating the sound card driver and see if the problem resolves. Also, you can update the driver quickly & easily with Driver Easy.

Updating drivers most likely would solve the problem. If your problem persists, try solutions below.


Solution 3: Keep computer and video card adequately cool

Overheating can cause your video card’s chipset to lock up, so make sure your PC and your video card are adequately cooled.



Solution 4: Upgrade power supply

If you are using a desktop PC, try upgrading your computer’s power supply. If the power supply is in poor quality, it will be unable to provide adequate power to all your computer’s components. In this case, it may result in a “brown out” of sorts in your system. Remove the old power supply and replace it with a more appropriate one. If you are sure how to do this, go to the near computer repair shop for check and have it fixed.



Solution 5: Replace video card 

If the video card is damaged, the problem would occur. After trying above solutions, if the problem persists, your video card might be broken. You may need to replace it with a new one.

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  • Chan

    So i’ve been having an very persistant issue and nobody seems to have the answer too regarding this error, the thread that gets stuck is the one that tells you that your computer has updates ready to install. I run windows 10 and my video card it fine, but every time you get the automatic message asking if you want to restart now or later is the reason my PC will crash. I never even get to see the message but every time i start my PC back up it installs updates. I’ve even worked at an IT company for a few weeks and the only solution we could think of is a new windows install, but that would also delete over 100GB of installed game/programs that would take 3 days to download and install on the potato internet they give us in canada (fastest plan with the biggest company $60 for 5Mbps down….) I had done the free upgrade from windows 8.1 and it had failed countless times and after it worked, this started happening. Some help would be appreciated

  • Acer User

    Same going on with my Acer Asprire V5 as well and only since November 2016. Sound or look familiar? I found this response on Yahoo Answers:
    Best Answer: This is a response that I got from NVidia.
    Response (tw) 07/15/2005 08:53 AM
    Video overlay gamma values are too high with NVIDIA Forceware 77.72 display driver.
    There is a confirmed bug with the NVIDIA Forceware Display Driver version 77.72. The result causes the default gamma value to be higher than normal. To correct this issue, please perform the following:

    Go into your Windows Control Panel and double-click on the Display icon to enter the Display Properties.

    From within the Display Properties, click on the Settings tab -> then click on the Advanced button. This will bring up a new panel. Click on the tab corresponding to your NVIDIA graphics card (ie Geforce 6800 GT).

    From within the NVIDA Display Properties, click on the Color Correction option from the left pull out Windows. Your panel should look similar to the one below:

    From the “Apply color changes to:” drop down menu, choose “All” or “Overlay” and then click on the “Restore Defaults” button. Then press the OK button to confirm the changes.

    Lastly, click on the nvgamma.reg file below in the File Attachments section to download the registry file. A dialogue window will pop up with the message “Do you want to run or save this file”. Left-click over the “Run” button to proceed. Windows will prompt you once more to confirm that you wish to add the file to your registry. Left-click the “Yes” to finish.

  • Lisa

    I have an Acer Aspire V5 laptop and have had the same problem since downloading Windows 10. I, also have performed driver updates, updated BIOS, and checked for Malware. Whether on the internet or even playing solitaire the screen will freeze and/or go to the blue screen within 10 minutes (everytime).

    Can it have something to do with Acer/Windows 10 compatibility?

  • Simon B.

    Interesting seeing Ralph’s posting above.
    I have an Acer Aspire V5 which did have Windows 8 (then 8.1) and we updated to Windows 10. We got the Thread stuck in Device Driver error several times so I did a clean install of Windows 10 but the problem is still there.
    It happens mainy (but not always) when using a browser but can hit at any time. Device Manager tells me that every device is up to date – I have been through all of them, selected Update Driver and every time Windows tells me that the installed driver is the most recent and suitable.
    Any advice gratefully accepted.

  • Ralph

    My Acer laptop, starts up fine, and even can go into safe/normal mode fine, but once I open up a file like Sai, or PhotoShop, it will run into an error, and say “Thread stuck in device driver. I have checked my whole computer, all drivers are updated to latest, I updated BIOS, I checked for Malware, and got nothing, even my computer said everything was working fine.

    And still, I get this error, even after a full faculty reset, removing all files.