If you experiencing the "PNP DETECTED FATAL ERROR" blue screen problem in Windows 10, continue reading below to fix the issue.
The PNP_DETECTED_FATAL_ERROR bug error in Windows 10, usually indicates a hardware problem with a Plug and Play device connected to the machine. Other times, the error may be related to a problematic device driver that cannot be loaded or causes the system to crash.
In this troubleshooting guide you'll find step by step instructions on how to solve the PNP_DETECTED_FATAL_ERROR in Windows 10.
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Suggestions: Before you continue to the methods below, apply the following actions and see if the problems persists.
1. Disconnect all the peripheral devices that you don't need (e.g. USB Drives, SD Cards, USB Wireless Mouse or Keyboard Receiver, USB Wireless Network Card, Printer etc.)
* Note: If you cannot boot to Windows, start you computer from a Windows installation media and go to Troubleshoot -> Advanced Options -> Uninstall Updates or to Troubleshoot -> Advanced Options -> System Restore.
3. Install Windows 10 Updates: It is possible that the problem you are experiencing is due to missing updates. So, proceed and install all the available updates on your PC:
a. Click on the Check for updates button in the right pane and wait for the scan to complete. If any pending updates are identified, install them.
b. Click View optional updates
c. Expand Driver updates and then select and install all the available drivers.
- Method 1. Disconnect or Disable Hardware Devices.
- Method 2. Update Device Drivers.
- Method 3. Modify Power Management Settings.
- Method 4. Disable Fast Startup.
- Method 5. Repair System Files.
- Method 6. Find Out What Causes the PNP_DETECTED_FATAL_ERROR
- Method 7. Repair Windows 10.
Method 1. Disconnect or Disable Hardware Devices.
As we mentioned earlier, the PNP_DETECTED_FATAL_ERROR on Windows 10 can be caused by hardware problems. If this is the case, there are two ways to resolve the issue.
A. Unplug External Devices.
First, try to disconnect one-by-one, any external devices that are not needed to operate your computer (e.g. any USB storage devices, printer, etc.), and check if doing so resolves the issue.
If you identify the problematic device by doing so, update its driver as discussed in Method 2.
B. Disable Internal Devices.
If the "PNP DETECTED FATAL ERROR" persists after disconnecting the external devices, go ahead and disable one-by-one all the hardware devices that cannot be disconnected and are not needed to operate your system.
1. Navigate to Device Manager. To do that:
2. In Device Manager, right-click on any non-critical device* and select Disable.
* For example you can securely disable the following devices:
- Network Adapters (Ethernet or/and Wi-Fi).
- Sound Video and Game Controllers.
- Imagine Devices (Scanners & Cameras)
3. After disabling a device, check if the PNP_DETECTED_FATAL_ERROR persists.* If not, continue to disable the next device, otherwise proceed and re-enable the problematic device and update its drivers as instructed in Method-2 below.
* Note: If the problem is solved after disabling the Network adapter(s), re-enable the adapter and proceed to modify the Power Management settings, as instructed in Method-3.
Method 2. Fix PNP DETECTED FATAL ERROR By Updating Device Drivers.
If you still cannot find the problematic device, go ahead and update the drivers on these devices:
- Video Adapters *
- Network Adapters
* Note: Especially for the Video adapter, completely uninstall video driver and any associated software with it and install the latest or a previous more stable version.
1. Right-click on the device that you want to update its driver and click Update Driver.
2. Click Search automatically for drivers.
3. Let Windows to search for an updated driver and install it. If Windows cannot find an updated driver, go to the device manufacturer's support site to see if there is an updated driver for the device. If so, download and install.
Method 3. Modify Power Management Settings on Network Adapters.
1. In Device Manager expand Network Adapters.
2. Right-click on each network adapter and select Properties.
3. Go to Power Management tab and disable the option Allow this computer to turn off this device to save power. Click OK to apply changes.
Method 4. Disable Fast Startup to FIX PNP_DETECTED_FATAL_ERROR.
Fast Startup enables your computer to boot up faster after it has been shut down. If you find that this state is enabled on your PC, we suggest that you disable it by following the steps listed below. It can sometimes cause issues within the OS.
1. At the search box type control panel and press Enter.
2. Change the View By (at the up right) to Small icons and then click Power Options.
3. At the left pane, choose Choose what the power buttons do.
4. Click Change settings that are currently unavailable.
5. Scroll down and uncheck the Turn on fast startup (recommended) option and click Save changes. *
* Note: If the "Turn on fast startup (recommended)" option is missing from this window, then you have to enable Hibernation on your computer.
6. Restart the PC and check if the problem persists.
Method 5. FIX PNP DETECTED FATAL ERROR by Repairing System Files.
1. Open command prompt as administrator. To do that:
1. In the Search box type: cmd or command prompt
2. Right click on the command prompt (result) and select Run as Administrator.
2. At the command prompt window, type the following command & press Enter:
- Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth
3. Be patient until DISM repairs component store. When the operation is completed, (you should be informed that the component store corruption was repaired), give this command and press Enter:
- SFC /SCANNOW
4. When SFC scan is completed, restart your computer.
5. After restart check if the PNP_DETECTED_FATAL_ERROR problem is resolved.
Method 6. Find Out What Causes the PNP_DETECTED_FATAL_ERROR.
If after following the above methods, you cannot find which device or software causes the PNP_DETECTED_FATAL_ERROR blue screen of death (BSOD), then try to find out the real cause of the problem by following the instructions on the following articles:
- How to Find What Causes Blue Screen of Death from BSOD and Minidump information.
- How to Find Out Which Driver Cause Windows to Crash using Driver Verifier.
Method 7. Repair Windows 10 with an in-place Upgrade.
Another method that usually works, to fix several problems, is to repair/upgrade Windows 10. For that task follow the detailed instructions on this article: How to repair Windows 10.
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