2 Ways To Check Bad Drivers In Windows

Corrupt drivers are the source of errors and issues of your system especially the infamous Blue Screen of Death of BSOD. Every hardware installed on your system needs a driver to run and perform its relative functions properly. Bad drivers lead to instability and poor performance. And the blue screen errors are so common and this may cause due to faulty and outdated drivers.

In this article, I’ll guide you through checking of bad drivers in your Windows system to avoid performance bumps and sudden errors.


Windows Driver Verifier Utility

Driver Verifier helps you in verifying all your device drivers and will let you know if any bad or corrupt driver is present.

But the thing is to use Driver Verifier, you have to be careful as it can lock out of you from your system. So before using or running Driver Verifier, be sure that you have a System Restore or Backup of all of your data. And if anything bad happens you can easily go to Safe Mode before going to main Windows.

Let’s start with Driver Verifier

  1. Open Command Prompt window and type “verifier” in CMD. After running the command, a new pop-up window of Driver Verifier Manager will appear. Select “Create Custom Settings”. and click Next.
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  2. Then a list of tests will be shown to you. You can run all tests for your drivers, just uncheck the two tests which are “DDI Compliance Checking (additional)” and “Randomized low resources simulation”. Click on Next button.
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  3. The next settings will remain as it is. Go for next window.
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  4. Select “Select driver names from a list”.
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  5. It will start loading the driver information.
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  6. A list will appear. If you don’t know exactly about the faulty driver, then check all drivers except Microsoft drivers because those drivers aren’t the corrupted one. And if you know about the specific corrupt driver, select it to run the Driver Verifier for it.
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  7. Now after clicking on Finish, your system will restart. And next, it will start, Driver Verifier is activated. You can use your system normally. If any error is found or blue screen will appear, note down the error and cause of it, as it is tested by Driver Verifier which you have activated.

Exit Driver Verifier

In any case, you do not want to use Driver Verifier, deactivate it easily by going to below steps.

  1. To exit the Driver Verifier open CMD window and type the following command.
    “verifier /bootmode resetonbootfail”.
  2. After running the above command, restart your system once to apply the changes properly.

Using Driver Agent

DriverAgent is a third-party tool which can easily tell you that which drivers of your system are good and bad. And for bad drivers, if any update is available, you can easily update via Driver Agent tool. Apply below easy steps to check inoperative drivers of the system.

  1. Download Driver Agent from below link.
  2. Run the installer and proceed with on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
  3. After installation, Driver Agent will locate all drivers of a system, and open the list in the browser. Drivers with green sign indicate good and updated drivers, and with the red sign, indicates that these drivers need to be updated.
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  4. You can update the outdated driver directly staying in the same window easily by clicking on Update button showing in front of a corrupted or outdated driver.
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Download Driver Agent from here

Editor’s note: I have removed the link because Google labeled it as harmful. You should probably not use the software until Google clears it.

If anything is going wrong with your system’s devices and you can not able to get an exact solution, so use any of above method because there is a chance that drivers of the system are faulty or outdated that’s why your system’s performance gets cut. Thank you.

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7 thoughts on “2 Ways To Check Bad Drivers In Windows”

  1. My browser says the download site contains harmful software on it so this is a Test to verify whether or not this comment thing is legit. If it doesn’t work I know this is a scam.

  2. Try doing a “system restore” that could take about 15 minutes.Windows will attempt to repair with the spinning dots showing. Then click CTRL, ALT,DEL same time and once the Windows logo comes up , press F8.

  3. I am having intermittent hangs on Win10 startup with “Page fault in non-paged area”. I have totally ruled out any hardware issue as I have a second identical machine which I put a cloned drive into.

    The BIG problem now is I enabled Verifier and selected all tests except the ones noted and restarted but the boot up won’t get by the blue windows logo, i,.e not spinning dots. How to I turn off Verifier now that I can’t boot to the system or even the recovery environment! IOW, I’ve gone from a recovery environment loop with an occasional full boot to a solid hang with a blue window with 4 panes stuck on my screen. Help, please!

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