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Driver Verifier - BSOD related - Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 + Vista

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Feb 19, 2012
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If your BSODs are software related, Driver Verifier can help by subjecting 3rd party drivers to a variety of stresses and tests to find improper behavior. Driver Verifier monitors kernel-mode drivers and graphics drivers to detect illegal function calls or actions that might corrupt the system.

If Driver Verifier detects a violation, it will flag (disable) the offending driver and force a BSOD. The additional info added to the memory dump file will hopefully yield clues.

1. Create a Windows System Restore Point -
Vista - START | type rstrui - create a restore point
Windows 10 & 7 - START | type create | select "Create a Restore Point"
Windows 8/ 8.1 - Windows System Restore - Create a Restore Point (Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 & Vista)

2. Run Driver Verifier -
- Windows 10, 7 & Vista - START | type verifier
- Windows 8.1 & 8 - Press WIN +X keys | select "Command Prompt (Admin)" | type verifier

Make these selections -

1. Select 2nd option - Create custom settings (for code developers)
2. Select 2nd option - Select individual settings from a full list
3. Check these boxes -

▪ Special Pool
▪ Force IRQL checking
▪ Pool Tracking
▪ Deadlock Detection
▪ Security Checks (new as of Windows 7)
▪ Miscellaneous Checks
▪ Power framework delay fuzzing (new as of Windows 8)
▪ DDI compliance checking (new as of Windows 8)

4. Select last option - Select driver names from a list
5. Click on the Provider heading - sorts list by Provider
6. Check ALL boxes where "Microsoft" IS NOT the Provider
7. Click on Finish
8. Re-boot

If you are unable to boot into normal Windows after VERIFIER_ENABLED BSOD -
Read More:

To check Driver Verifier status -
Read More:

To VERIFY Driver Verifier SETTINGS -
Read More:

- Driver Verifier needs to run for 24 hours minimum - even if the status screen appears clear.

If a VERIFIER_ENABLED BSOD occurs, please get the dump file from c:\windows\minidump, zip it up & attach to your next post.

*** TO DISABLE DRIVER VERIFIER OUTSIDE OF WINDOWS - Disable Driver Verifier Outside Windows (Vista / 7 / 8 / 10)

Use the above only in a no-boot situation where Driver Verifier BSODs your system instantly upon start-up and no other option is available.

Additional info from Windows Dev Center -

If you have any questions, please send me a PM.

Regards. . .



Info for Windows Server (This Microsoft KB cites Server 2003/XP, but does likely apply to newer Server Editions) -
Things to consider before you enable Driver Verifier Manager on production servers

- Overview of memory dump file options for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2
- Windows Troubleshooting ? Special Pool - Ntdebugging Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
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