- In most cases, IRQL NOT GREATER OR_EQUAL is caused by a graphics card driver, and to fix this problem you need to update the driver. Downloading the latest drivers is relatively simple, and all you need to do is visit your graphics card manufacturer's website, locate your graphics card, and download the latest drivers.
- The next thing in the list of solutions is to try to run Windows 10 built-in troubleshooting tool. This tool can help you solve all kinds of problems including BSOD issues. If you don't know how to do this, check out our guide below.
- BSoDs should not be taken lightly because they generally signal a hardware problem. If you're facing another, go to our BSoD Troubleshooting section for a solution.
- the Windows The 10 Error Center is ready to serve you with solutions to each of those problems.
Blue screen of death errors can be a huge problem on your PC, but some of them are relatively easy to fix. Users have reported that the IRQL error is NOT GREATER OR EQUAL in Windows 10, and today we will show you how to fix it.
How to fix error 0x00000007 IRQL IS NOT GREATER OR EQUAL TO BSoD?
- Update your graphics card drivers
- Run the BSOD troubleshooter
- Run the SFC scan
- Run DISM
- Check the hard drive
- Download the previous version of graphics card drivers
- Check your RAM
- Check other hardware
- Remove problematic software
- Keep your Windows 10 a day
- Reset your Windows 10
Steps to fix an IRQL error NOT MAJOR OR EQUAL
Solution 1 – Update your graphics card drivers
In most cases, IRQL NOT GREATER OR_EQUAL is caused by a graphics card driver, and to fix this issue, it is recommended to update the driver to the latest version.
Downloading the latest drivers is relatively simple, and all you need to do is visit your graphics card manufacturer's website, locate your graphics card, and download the latest drivers. After installing the latest drivers, the BSoD error should be resolved.
Update drivers automatically
Searching for drivers on your own can be time consuming. Therefore, we recommend that you use a tool that does this automatically. Using an automatic driver updater will save you the trouble of manually searching for drivers, and will always keep your system updated with the latest drivers.
Tweakbit Driver Updater (approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus) will help you update drivers automatically and prevent damage to your PC caused by installing incorrect driver versions. After several tests, our team concluded that this is the best automated solution.
Here is a quick guide on how to use it:
- Download and install TweakBit Driver Updater
- Once installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check the versions of your drivers installed in its cloud database for the latest versions and recommend the appropriate updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.
- At the end of the scan, you will get a report on all the problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each controller individually or all at once. To update one controller at a time, click the "Update Controller" link next to the controller name. Or simply click the "Update All" button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.
Note: Some drivers have to be installed in several steps, so you will have to press the "Update" button several times until all their components are installed.
Solution 2 – Run the BSOD troubleshooter
The next thing we are going to try is to run Windows The 10 Integrated Troubleshooting Tool. This tool can help you solve all kinds of problems including BSOD problems.
Here is how to run Windows 10 built-in troubleshooter:
- Go to the Configuration app and
- Navigate to Update and security section.
- Select Solve problems from the menu on the left.
- Select BSOD from the right pane and click Run the troubleshooter.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the troubleshooter.
Solution 3 – Run the SFC scan
SFC scanning is another troubleshooting tool that can help with BSOD problems. so yes Windows The built-in 10 troubleshooter did not solve the problem, SFC scanning is definitely a tool worth running.
Here's how to run the SFC scan on Windows 10:
- Go to Search, type cmd and open Command prompt as administrator.
- Enter the following line and press Enter: sfc / scannow
- Wait until the process ends (it may take a while).
- If the solution is found, it will be applied automatically.
- Now, close the command prompt and restart your computer.
Solution 4 – Run DISM
The third and final troubleshooting tool we are going to run is DISM. Deployment Image Management and Service is a tool that redeploys the system image and resolves potential problems along the way. So it could be useful when dealing with IRQL NOT MAJOR OR EQUAL problem.
We will guide you through the standard and procedure using the installation media below:
- Right-click Start and open Command Prompt (Administrator).
- Paste the following command and press Enter:
- DISM / Online / Cleaning Image / RestoreHealth
- Wait until the scan completes.
- Restart your computer and try updating again.
- With the Windows installation media
- Insert your Windows installation media
- Right-click on the Start menu and choose Command Prompt (Administrator) from the menu.
- On the command line, type the following commands and press Enter after each:
- dism / online / cleanup-image / scanhealth
- dism / online / cleanup-image / restorehealth
- Now type the following command and press Enter:
- DISM / Online / Cleanup-Image / RestoreHealth /source:WIM:X:SourcesInstall.wim:1 / Limited Access
- Be sure to change a X value with the drive letter mounted with Windows 10 installation.
- After the procedure is complete, restart your computer.
Solution 5 – Check the hard drive
If you have a corrupt partition or something else is wrong with your hard drive, BSOD problems are quite possible. To make sure that's not the case, let's run the chkdsk command that will thoroughly scan your hard drive and resolve potential issues.
Here's how to run the chkdsk command in Windows 10:
- Enter the Advanced start (Restart your computer while holding down the Shift key.)
- Choose Troubleshoot> Advanced Options.
- Select Symbol of the system from the list of options.
- When the command prompt appears, enter the following lines and press Enter after each line to run it:
- bootrec.exe / rebuildbcd
- bootrec.exe / fixmbr
- bootrec.exe / fixboot
- Some users also suggest that you need to run more chkdsk commands too. To run these commands, you must know the drive letters for all partitions on the hard drive. At the command prompt, you must enter the following (but remember to use the letters that match the partitions on your hard drive on your PC):
- chkdsk / r c:
- Chkdsk / r d:
This is just our example, so keep in mind that you need to run the chkdsk command for every partition on your hard drive you have.
- Restart your computer and check if the problem is solved.
Solution 6 – Download the previous version of the graphics card drivers
As we mentioned earlier, it is always good to keep your drivers up to date, but in some rare cases, the older version of the driver software might work better. Few Intel (R) HD Graphics 3000 owners reported that using the previous version of the drivers resolved the NO MORE OR EQUAL IRQL error. Please note that this solution might work for non-Intel owners too, and if the latest drivers don't work for you then maybe you should use the older version.
Solution 7 – Check your RAM
RAM is often the cause of many BSoD errors, and NO LARGER OR EQUAL IRQL is no exception. The number of users reported that the faulty RAM module caused them the problem, so if you have this problem, you may want to replace your RAM. Users reported that MemTest86 + and similar tools did not show any memory errors, but for some reason the RAM module was not fully compatible with the motherboard, and that was the cause of the NO LARGER OR EQUAL IRQL error.
Solution 8 – Check other hardware
The most common BSOD errors are caused by faulty RAM, but other hardware components can also cause this error to manifest. Relatively often, your motherboard may cause NO MORE THAN OR EQUAL IRQL error, so you may want to check if it works properly.
In addition to the motherboard, there were reports that a faulty hard drive or graphics card can cause this error, so you may need to do a thorough inspection of your hardware. If you do not know how to do this, we strongly recommend that you bring your PC to the repair shop and request it.
In addition to faulty hardware, recently added hardware can also cause problems. If you installed on any new hardware such as a new hard drive, RAM, graphics card or something similar, it may be incompatible with your motherboard, and that may cause this BSoD error to appear. To solve this problem, we recommend that you replace any recently added hardware and see if your PC works well without it.
Solution 9 – Remove problematic software
Certain tools can cause IRQL error NOT LARGER OR EQUAL, and to fix this error you need to remove these tools from your PC. Certain encryption or VPN tools can cause a BSOD error, so if you use any of them be sure to remove them.
In addition to the tools mentioned above, it's worth mentioning that antivirus software can often cause NO MORE OR EQUAL IRQL error. Almost any antivirus software can cause a BSoD error, and to fix this issue, it is recommended that you remove the currently installed antivirus software.
To completely remove antivirus software, we strongly recommend that you use one of the dedicated uninstallers. Most antivirus companies have uninstall tools available on their websites, and you can download and use them to completely remove a certain antivirus program from your PC.
After removing your antivirus software, you can try to reinstall it, or you can install any other antivirus software.
Solution 10 – Keep your Windows 10 a day
BSoD errors are often caused by incompatibility issues, and to avoid potential problems, we strongly recommend that you update Windows 10 frequently. Most incompatibility problems and security flaws are solved by Windows Please update, to avoid NO MORE OR EQUAL IRQL error, please make sure your Windows 10 is updated.
Solution 11 – Reset your Windows 10
Reboot Windows 10 will delete most of your files on your C drive, so if you decide to use this step, we recommend that you create a backup beforehand. Make a Windows Resetting is relatively simple and you can do it by following these steps:
- Restart your computer a few times while it starts so you can enter Automatic Repair mode.
- Choose Troubleshoot> Reset this PC.
- Select Delete all> Only the drive where Windows it's installed.
- Wait for the process to finish.
This process will delete all the files on your C drive, and if the problem persists even after you have performed a Windows 10 reboot, you need to check your PC for faulty hardware.
IRQL IS NOT GREATER OR EQUAL The blue screen of death error can cause many problems, but it can be solved by using one of our solutions. In the past we also covered the irql_not_less_or_equal BSOD error, so you might want to check that article too.
From the editor Note: This post was originally published in October 2018 and has since been renewed and updated in April 2020 to provide freshness, precision and comprehensiveness.