How to Fix Driver Errors in Windows 10?

Aug. 09, 2023 / Updated by Cathy to Windows Driver Solutions

If your laptop or desktop computer is stuck on THREAD STUCK IN DEVICE DRIVER Error, below you can find the steps to fix this error in Windows 10.

Generally speaking, "Thread Stuck in Device Driver" errors in Windows 10, also known as BSOD (Blue Screen of Death), are caused when any device driver gets stuck in an infinite loop, waiting for the device to stabilize or become idle.

This could be due to outdated, faulty, corrupt, or incompatible device drivers with the operating system.

In some cases, the "Thread Stuck in Device Driver" error can also be caused by corrupted files and bad sectors or hard disk errors.

1. Power off and restart

Press the power button to shut down the computer > let the computer shut down completely > wait 60 seconds, then restart the computer.

If the problem is caused by a stuck program/process on your computer, this simple troubleshooting step may resolve the issue.

2. Update the driver

Sometimes, the problem is caused by device drivers on your computer that aren't loaded or updated properly.

Right-click the Start button, and then click Device Manager. On the Device Manager screen, click Action and select Scan for hardware changes in the drop-down menu.


Scan your computer for hardware changes in Device Manager

Windows will scan your computer for hardware changes and update drivers if needed.

3. Use Driver Talent to update the graphics card driver

While you're not good at computer maintaining, it's worth downloading a driver updater to help you. Please follow the instructions.

First, click the button below to download Driver Talent.

Download Driver Talent

Second, scan all the drivers of your computer and select yours.


Finally, click update. 


Then you can use the latest version of driver.

4. Download an updated driver from the manufacturer's website

If Windows cannot find the driver, visit the manufacturer's website (NVIDIA, AMD, etc.) and see if an updated driver is available.

If a driver is available, download the driver software file on your computer > double-click the file and follow the instructions to install the updated driver on your computer.

5. Install updates

Go to the Settings icon > Update & Security > On the next screen, click Check for Updates.


Wait while Windows checks for updates and installs them on your computer, if available.

6. Run an SFC scan

Type Command Prompt in the search bar > Right-click on Command Prompt and select the Run as administrator option.


On the command prompt screen, type sfc /scannow and press Enter to execute the command.


Please be patient while Windows 10 attempts to scan for and repair system file issues on your computer.

7. Update BIOS

In some cases, the issue can be resolved by updating the BIOS (Basic Input and Output System) or UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) firmware.

You can find the exact steps to update the BIOS in this guide: Easy Way to Free Update Your BIOS on Dell, Acer, Asus, HP, Toshiba, IBM, Sony, Lenovo.

8. Increase GPU processing time using Registry Editor

This method involves making changes to the registry and is intended for advanced users only. It is recommended that you back up the registry file on your computer and back up the data on your computer at the same time.

1. Right-click the Start button and click Run. In the Run Command window, type regedit and click OK.


2. On the Registry Editor screen, navigate to \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers.


3. Click the GraphicsDrivers folder in the left pane. In the right pane, create a new DWORD by right-clicking any empty space > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.


Note: If the operating system on your computer is 64-bit, you can choose DWORD (64-bit).

4. Name the newly created DWORD TdrDelay.

5. Double-click TdrDelay and type 8 in the Edit DWORD popup for "Value Data".


6. Click OK to save this change to the registry.

Close Registry Editor and restart the computer for the changes to be applied. So you can solve the driver errors.

See also:

Three Ways to Fix Driver Error Code 32 on Windows 10

AMD Driver Error 182: Causes and Solutions

How to Fix Thread_Stuck_in_Device_Driver Error in Windows 8/8.1

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