Fix: 0x00000008 Stop Error | IRQL NOT DISPATCH LEVEL

It seems that plenty of Windows users are experiencing the Blue Screen error due to multiple reasons whatsoever. The 0x00000008 Stop Error | IRQL NOT DISPATCH LEVEL is one of them and it’s quite a rare problem too. Meanwhile, some of the users are constantly getting this error while launching or installing Windows and other programs. It asks users to restart the system to prevent damages.

Sometimes the Blue Screen error may appear due to the hard driver-related issues and in some cases, it can be software-related as well. To be very specific, whenever users are getting the particular error, it says “A problem has been detected and Windows has shut down to prevent damage to your computer: IRQL_NOT_DISPATCH_LEVEL Error Code 0x00000008.”

Fix: 0x00000008 Stop Error | IRQL NOT DISPATCH LEVEL

If you’re facing the same problem, make sure to follow this troubleshooting guide. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.

Fix: 0x00000008 Stop Error | IRQL NOT DISPATCH LEVEL

1. Free Up Hard Disk Space

It seems that your computer hard drive doesn’t have enough free space and maybe the particular problem is occurring due to this reason. So, make sure to free up the hard disk space to check whether the problem has been fixed or not.

  • Open File Explorer > Click on This PC to bring the drive partitions.
  • Now, right-click on the C: drive (Windows drive).
  • Select Properties > If your drive space is getting lower (red) then try using Disk Clean-up.
  • Additionally, you can go to Windows Settings (Windows + I keys) > Click on System > Storage and Turn On Storage Sense. Here you can free up some additional storage space very easily by using the Storage Sense option.
  • Ensure to click on the Temporary files option from the Storage window and select which files are not necessary for you.

2. Remove Unnecessary Peripherals

Sometimes the chances are high enough that you’re using multiple external devices as peripherals on your computer as an external mouse, USB drive, printer, keyboard, headphone, or you’ve connected your mobile using the USB 2.0 or another laptop using the USB-C type.

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In all of these scenarios, we’ll highly recommend you remove the unnecessary peripherals from your computer to check whether the blue screen issue has been fixed or not.

3. Update Windows

If in case, the above method doesn’t work for you, make sure to check for Windows updates by following the steps below:

  • Press Windows + I keys to open Settings.
  • Click on Update & Security > Click on Check for updates.
  • If there is an update available, you can click on Download and Install it.
  • Let the system install and restart your computer to apply the update.

4. Run SFC

System File Checker (SFC) is a utility tool in Microsoft Windows that allows users to scan for corrupted Windows system files and restore them automatically. This method should fix the error completely.

  • Click on the Start Menu and type cmd.
  • Now, right-click on Command Prompt from the search result.
  • Select Run as administrator > If prompted, click on Yes to give admin privileges.
  • Once the command prompt window opens, type the following command and hit Enter to execute it:
SFC /scannow
  • Now, wait for the process to complete.
  • Make sure to restart your computer to apply changes.

5. Use DISM

Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is a command-line tool that can be used to mount and service Windows images before deployment. It becomes so much useful in most scenarios and can be performed by following the steps below:

  • Click on the Start Menu and type cmd.
  • Now, right-click on Command Prompt from the search result.
  • Select Run as administrator > If prompted, click on Yes to give admin privileges.
  • Once the command prompt window opens, type the following command and hit Enter to execute it:
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
  • Type the following command and press Enter:
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  • Now, wait for the process to complete and exit the command prompt.
  • Finally, restart your computer once and try checking the 0x00000008 Stop Error | IRQL NOT DISPATCH LEVEL.

6. Use Safe Mode

Safe Mode is one of the diagnostic modes of the Windows operating system that runs only necessary software and services or drivers which are stock. To boot your computer in Safe Mode:

  • Click on the Start Menu > Click on Power.
  • Press and hold the Shift key and click on Restart.
  • Click on the Troubleshoot option > Select Advanced options.
  • Go to ‘Advanced options’ > Click on Start-up Settings.
  • Under the ‘Start-up Settings’, click on Restart.
  • Now, you can select an option by pressing one of the numbers or function keys F4, F5, or F6. (Safe Mode numbers are 4, 5, or 6)
  • Once your Windows boots in the Safe Mode, you can check for the issue.

Now, if you want to turn off the Safe Mode again, you can follow the steps below.

  • Press Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type msconfig and click on OK to open System Configuration.
  • Click on the Boot tab > Uncheck the Safe boot checkbox to turn it off.
  • Once done, click on Apply and OK to save changes.
  • Restart your computer and check for the error again.

Still, the problem persists? Follow the next method.

7. Roll Back Windows using System Restore

If you’ve already created a system restore point on your computer that seems really good to you, make sure to roll back Windows using System Restore point to that state rather than having the problematic version.

  • Press Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type rstrui and hit Enter to open System Restore.
  • Click to select Choose a different restore point from the System Restore interface.
  • Now, click on Next > Enable Show more restore points checkbox.
  • Select your preferred system restore point that doesn’t have any kind of issues.
  • Click on Next to proceed > Select Finish to roll back Windows to the selected restore point.
  • Once done, your system will reboot to apply changes.
  • Finally, you should be able to resolve or skip the 0x00000008 Stop Error | IRQL NOT DISPATCH LEVEL issue on your Windows computer.

8. Reinstall Windows 10

Finally, if none of the methods worked for you, and still receiving the BSOD error then we’ll recommend you clean reinstall the Windows 10 system. Maybe some of the missing or corrupted device drivers and system files are triggering such an issue. You can follow this guide to install Windows 10.

That’s it, guys. We assume this guide was helpful to you. For further queries, you can comment below.

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