How to Configure Driver Verifier

Driver verifier is a utility built into the OS (Windows 2000, XP, Vista, WIN 7, Win 8, 8.1 and win 10) that will often find the driver/drivers that are the underlying cause of BSOD errors It is an "iffy" proposition because it will not ALWAYS tell us which driver it was, but it is the best way to narrow down the possibilities.

Configure Driver Verifier to find out which driver is causing the Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD). Driver Verifier monitors Windows kernel-mode drivers, graphics drivers, and even 3rd party drivers to detect illegal function calls or actions that might corrupt the system. Driver Verifier can subject the Windows drivers to a variety of stresses and tests to find improper behavior. Essentially, if there's a 3rd party driver believed to be causing the issues at hand, enabling Driver Verifier will help us see which specific driver is causing the problem.




 Create System Restore Point

Before enabling Driver Verifier, I recommend to create a System Restore Point:

• For Windows XP click “Start Menu --> All Programs --> Accessories --> System Tools”, and then click System Restore.
• For Windows Vista type rstrui.exe into Start Menu to create a restore point.
• For Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 type create into Start Menu or Search charm and select "Create a Restore Point"







 Create System Repair Disc/USB

If you don't have a Windows Installation DVD then create a Windows System Repair Disc:


Create a Windows Vista System Repair Disc
The Service Pack 1 must be installed to create a Windows System Repair Disc from Windows Vista.
Program that creates a Windows System Repair Disc can be started from "Start Menu --> All Programs --> Maintenance --> Create a Recovery Disc". Follow the instructions to create a Windows System Repair Disk you will need either a blank CD or DVD.



Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc
Open the "Backup and Restore" by clicking the "Start Menu --> Control Panel --> System and Maintenance --> Backup and Restore" and in the left pane, click “Create a system repair disc”. You will need a blank CD or DVD and then just follow the instructions to create a Windows Repair Disk.



Create a Windows 8, 8.1 System Repair Disc
Open the Search charm by dragging your mouse to the top or bottom right corners of the screen or press WinKey + Q keys and type Recover into Search charm and click Create a recovery drive to create USB recovery drive which will include Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) and optionally Windows OS factory recover image.
You will need empty USB Flash Drive or blank CD or DVD if you click “Create a system repair disk with a CD or DVD” option on the Connect USB flash drive screen.



Create Windows 10 System Repair USB flash drive
1 Open your Start menu, type RecoveryDrive.exe in the search box, press Enter key.

2 Click on the Create a recovery drive link.

3 Check or Uncheck the Back up system files to the recovery drive box for what you want to do, and click on Next button.

4 Select the USB flash drive (ex: "E:\ (USB)" ) you want to make a recovery drive, and click on Next button.

5 When ready to start, click on Create button.

Please do not follow below instructions as long as you have not ask to do by person who is assisting you with troubleshooting Windows BSOD issue!







 How to enable Driver Verifier

Type "verifier" without the quotes into Start Menu or Search charm or Run command box.

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Select the following options:

1 Select - "Create custom settings (for code developers)"

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2 From "Select individual settings from a full list", select everything except for "Force Pending I/O Requests", "Kernel synchronization delay fuzzing" and "Low Resource Simulation" .


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3 Click "Next" button.

4 At next setup screen click Next button.

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5 Select "Select driver names from a list" and click "Next" button.

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6 Click on the "Provider" column. This will sort all of the drivers by the provider.

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7 Check every box that is not provided by Microsoft / Microsoft Corporation.

8 Click on Finish button.

9 Restart your computer.





 Important information regarding Driver Verifier

Perhaps the most important which I will now clarify as this has been misunderstood often, enabling Driver Verifier by itself is not a solution, but instead a diagnostic utility. It will tell us if a driver is causing the BSOD, but again it will not outright solve your issues. If Driver Verifier finds a violation, the system will BSOD. To expand on this a bit more for the interested, specifically what Driver Verifier actually does is to look for any driver making illegal function calls, causing memory leaks, etc. When and/if this happens, system corruption occurs if allowed to continue. When Driver Verifier is enabled by following instructions above, it is monitoring all 3rd party drivers (as we have it set that way) and when it catches a driver attempting to do this, it will quickly flag that driver as being a troublemaker, and bring down the system safely before any corruption can occur.

Verifier will consume a lot of CPU and may slow down the PC considerably.You may also experience additional crashes.

Reboot the system and wait for it to crash to the BSOD. Continue to use your system normally, and if you know what causes the crash, do that repeatedly. The objective here is to get the system to crash because Driver Verifier is stressing the drivers out. If it doesn't crash for you, then let it run for at least 24 hours of continuous operation.

Reboot into Windows (after the BSOD crash) and locate the memory dump file. If present, turn off Driver Verifier by going back in Driver Verifier and selecting "Delete existing settings" setting on the first page. Then, zip up the memory dump file(s) and upload them with your next post or file sharing site. If no dump files were generated, post back for further suggestions.






 Why is my computer not generating DMP files

1 Start Menu and type %SystemRoot% which should show the Windows folder, click on it. Once inside that folder, ensure there is a Minidump folder created. If not, CTRL-SHIFT-N to make a New Folder and name it Minidump.

2 Windows key + Pause key. This should bring up System. Click Advanced System Settings on the left and navigate to Advanced > Performance > Settings > Advanced click Change… button and ensure there's a check-mark for 'Automatically manage paging file size for all drives'.

3 Windows key + Pause key. This should bring up System. Click Advanced System Settings on the left and click Advanced tab, under ‘Startup and Recovery’ section click Settings button and ensure there is a check mark next to ' Write an event to the system log'.

4 Ensure Small Memory Dump is selected and ensure the path is %SystemRoot%\Minidump .






Double check that the Windows Error Reporting Service service is enabled

From Start Menu type services.msc, find Windows Error Reporting Service if the status of the service is not Started then right click it and select Start. Also ensure that under Startup Type it is set to Automatic rather than Manual. You can do this by right clicking the Windows Error Reporting Service, selecting Properties, and on General tab set startup type to 'Automatic', and then click Apply.







 Cannot Boot Windows After Enabling Driver Verifier

After enabling Driver Verifier and restarting the system, depending on the culprit, if for example the driver is on start-up, you may not be able to get back into normal Windows because Driver Verifier will detect it in violation almost straight away, and force a BSOD.

If this happens, do not panic, do the following:

For Windows XP, Vista and 7 OS’s boot into Safe Mode by repeatedly tapping the F8 key during boot-up.

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Note that Safe Mode for Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 is a bit different, and you may need to try different methods: How to Boot Into Safe Mode on Windows 10 or 8 (The Easy Way)

Once in Safe Mode type cmd.exe into Start Menu or Search charm.
To turn off Driver Verifier, type verifier /reset command and press Enter key.

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Restart and boot into normal Windows.


If your OS became corrupt or you cannot boot into Windows after disabling Driver Verifier via Safe Mode:

1 Boot into Safe Mode.

2 Once in Safe Mode type rstrui.exe into Start Menu or Search charm.

3 For Windows XP click “Start Menu --> All Programs --> Accessories --> System Tools”, and then click System Restore.

4 Choose the restore point you created earlier.

If you can't get into Safe Mode, try using System Restore from your Windows Setup DVD to set the system back to the previous restore point that you created.

If you have any issue completing any one of the suggestions above please inform the person who is assisting you with troubleshooting Windows BSOD issue.
 
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Where did you get the configuration from?

I would not recommend this configuration for a tutorial about driver verifier, because even though you mention to exclude a few options known for causing problems unless selected in specific situations, you also do not want to select kernel synchronization delay fuzzing. Kernel synchronization delay fuzzing is not an option to be used on a collection of drivers, because it can cause issues on more than the selected drivers.

Generally it is better to let a specialist choose the configuration because often there's no need for all those options really.
 

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Where did you get the configuration from?

I would not recommend this configuration for a tutorial about driver verifier, because even though you mention to exclude a few options known for causing problems unless selected in specific situations, you also do not want to select kernel synchronization delay fuzzing. Kernel synchronization delay fuzzing is not an option to be used on a collection of drivers, because it can cause issues on more than the selected drivers.

Generally it is better to let a specialist choose the configuration because often there's no need for all those options really.
I have used this settings many times it does not cause any problems.
 

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That you're aware of.

I suspect you may have seen situations where some unexpected behavior occurred with programs or Windows after enabling driver verifier and someone explains that it's part of driver verifier, I have dealt with some. Windows has some decent mechanisms in place to handle many problems. Side-effects caused by the options selected may not necessarily cause system crashes.

I would recommend that you check Kernel synchronization delay fuzzing - Windows drivers, what I posted is my interpretation of the caution section from the official driver verifier documentation and it comes down to that there's a good chance enabling kernel synchronization delay fuzzing causes unexpected results on components unrelated to the drivers being tested.
 

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I can add the Kernel synchronization delay fuzzing to be unchecked.
 

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It's a great tutorial and all....BUT, for the novice to go through such a lengthy process is overwhelming and can be a daunting task(s)to follow.

I would like to suggest making a video tutorial....this seems to be the "go to" type of help these days. Of course this involves some sort of production task with a camera man and editor. Although a single person can make it work, its just so time consuming, either way one decides to make it.

It just seem easier to fallow on a mobile device (laptop, tablet, phone) next to the problematic PC. Just my opinion.
 

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Regarding: Windows Vista with SP 2, 32 bit OS.

I've got a 2007 HP Presario F500 laptop I plan to give to a friend in need. I used it 3 months and never again. It's quick and quiet but won't update or download anything. I removed my 20 files, tried System Restore point, updated every single driver listed in Device Manager, and have now followed all your above recommended steps, thank you. I noticed 18 critical drivers in System 32 folder from reading through Sys Config- Tools tab- Sys Performance- Software...12 were running being that I'd booted up in Safe Mode with Repair option from Boot tab this last restart.

Should I try your Driver Verifier option?

I'm totally curious, have free time, and I am to the point I'm just going to buy her a cheap laptop even though I'm too frugal to spring for the DriverFix tool. I'm a Bleeping Computer fan. but too intimidated to post. IOW, I can follow directions, but I'm not a techie.

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Hello Lula1023, and welcome to Windows Questions.

You will only ask to configure Driver Verifier to find out which driver is causing the Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD) error.

Please start a thread at below forum about your Windows update problem.

 

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Regarding: Windows Vista with SP 2, 32 bit OS.

I've got a 2007 HP Presario F500 laptop I plan to give to a friend in need. I used it 3 months and never again. It's quick and quiet but won't update or download anything. I removed my 20 files, tried System Restore point, updated every single driver listed in Device Manager, and have now followed all your above recommended steps, thank you. I noticed 18 critical drivers in System 32 folder from reading through Sys Config- Tools tab- Sys Performance- Software...12 were running being that I'd booted up in Safe Mode with Repair option from Boot tab this last restart.

Should I try your Driver Verifier option?

I'm totally curious, have free time, and I am to the point I'm just going to buy her a cheap laptop even though I'm too frugal to spring for the DriverFix tool. I'm a Bleeping Computer fan. but too intimidated to post. IOW, I can follow directions, but I'm not a techie.

Thanks, Lula
Since you're giving it away....Kudos for that, why not just factory reset it. This will wipe all data and reinstall the OS and drivers to the time you first took the laptop out of the box and turned it on.
 

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Since you're giving it away....Kudos for that, why not just factory reset it. This will wipe all data and reinstall the OS and drivers to the time you first took the laptop out of the box and turned it on.

The recipient is our beloved housekeeper for 2 years now. She might be a redneck hooligan, but she's got integrity. This is her first computer and she seldom includes data on her cell phone. Too proud to get the free government one for poor people. Thereby, I plan to set it up for her. I have 2007 Office installed which is better than Microsoft harassing to buy. I had very little data and nothing was bank related so I simply changed my user name to her name so Firefox speed dial is ready to go, and I Picasa for photos is still working like a charm and no longer available. I debate Google photos is superior. It's not even close IMHO.

Plus, I enjoy learning techie stuff even though my brain isn't hardwired to make it easy for me. I'm fired up right now because I have these recovery/repair discs I have always avoided creating. Being that, I did not realize the one set per device option would give me the factory version. I thought whatever corrupt state at the time I came to find out I needed such discs, was the one that would be installed for recovery so obviously its always seemed pointless. Plus, I spent days before trying to create boot/mount Win 7 years ago, to NO avail.

So, now I'm thinking to figure out how to use it and keep the files. That is possible, Right? Especially since this Verifier option had me on the edge of my seat, literally, as I read it. Seems very terrifying. I think CoVid has me a bit stir crazy so I feel like a teenager looking for trouble, but I'm almost 60.

Thank you for asking.
 

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Hello Lula1023, and welcome to Windows Questions.

You will only ask to configure Driver Verifier to find out which driver is causing the Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD) error.

Please start a thread at below forum about your Windows update problem.


Okay Guru from Turkey, thank God you provided the link. Choosing the right forum , UGH!

Sorry for just now checking in again. Spent several hours in Repair Environment getting rid of the JUNK that Driver Fix free scan tool left behind on my desktop. Such as, all other software downloads were rendered non-responsive. Since it was such an obvious culprit, I opened Revo Uninstaller only to discover it was not listed. It should have been, right?

But what really pissed me off was after "destroying" the first 5 'Driver Fix' issues Spybot found, I decided to restart my PC before I ran a second Spybot scan, so I got to scan 3 times, not 2. For 10 years, I've avoided learning to use all the scripts Spybot provides, because when I read the 75 pg user manual, I learned running back to back scans until no issues are listed, works just as well. But, like a slap in the face, upon restart I was reminded Spybot destroys systematically, not all at once. I do love my $25/yr Spybot Pro with it's kill Auto run programs function.

here goes...
 

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Okay Guru from Turkey, thank God you provided the link. Choosing the right forum , UGH!

Sorry for just now checking in again. Spent several hours in Repair Environment getting rid of the JUNK that Driver Fix free scan tool left behind on my desktop. Such as, all other software downloads were rendered non-responsive. Since it was such an obvious culprit, I opened Revo Uninstaller only to discover it was not listed. It should have been, right?

But what really pissed me off was after "destroying" the first 5 'Driver Fix' issues Spybot found, I decided to restart my PC before I ran a second Spybot scan, so I got to scan 3 times, not 2. For 10 years, I've avoided learning to use all the scripts Spybot provides, because when I read the 75 pg user manual, I learned running back to back scans until no issues are listed, works just as well. But, like a slap in the face, upon restart I was reminded Spybot destroys systematically, not all at once. I do love my $25/yr Spybot Pro with it's kill Auto run programs function.

here goes...
You don't need to update device drivers are you having problem with a device connected to your computer?
 

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