Troubleshooting Windows Stop Errors

What is a windows stop error?

In simple terms a windows stop error happens when Windows has stopped in order to avoid damaging your computer.

STOP errors come in an 8-digit hexadecimal format. They can also be displayed in a shorthand notation; e.g. a STOP 0x0000000A could be written as “Stop 0xA”.

Often four additional 8-digit numbers may appear in parentheses. They are often unique to your computer and the particular error you are encountering.

How to troubleshoot a stop message?

Here is an easy list of things you can do to solve a windows stop error. This checklist will particularly be useful when troubleshooting certain specific stop messages, like 0x0A and 0x50 errors.

  • Open your PC box and make sure that all hardware (especially memory modules) is correctly installed and well seated on the motherboard. On many old PC, the heat generated by the processor cause memory modules to slowly move out of their sockets (that’s called memory creep).
  • Open the even viewer and examine the “System” and “Application” logs for similar errors that can give you clues on the cause of the error you are experiencing. The event viewer can be opened by typing “EventVwr.msc” on the Run box in Windows start menu. It can also be accessed by going to Control Panel – Administrative tools – Event viewer.
  • Remove all recently installed hardware and reboot your computer. Almost all windows stop errors are caused by hardware failures.
  • Most hardware vendors provide hardware diagnostic tools. Try and run them for errors and conflicts.
  • Download and update your device drivers and BIOS. If however stop errors cropped up after you installed new drivers. The problem may be cause by it. Remove it and see it this does not solve the issue.