How To Fix "PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA" Blue Screen Of Death Error

PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA (or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA, depending on the operating system) is a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) error. It indicates that the system was requesting a page of memory to continue working, but the page was not available and the Windows operating system could not continue the processes it was running. It then crashed, returning the PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA Blue Screen of Death error as a result.

You may wonder what the Non-paged (NONPAGED) area is. There are two main types of memory used for storing data: RAM (Random Access Memory) and hard drive. There are others, but we will use these two just as an example. RAM is temporary memory, whereas hard drive is permanent. RAM retains its contents only when the computer is running, so it is operational memory. Hard drive on the other hand, stores data even when the computer is not running.

RAM contains information necessary for the computer to process currently active tasks. When there is too much data, and RAM is not able to store it all, the data that is not actively in use is temporarily stored in a 'page file'. A page file is a location on the hard drive used as additional RAM storage. When a task requires extra memory, pages of memory are swapped between RAM and the page file, which is temporarily stored on the hard drive.

The Non-paged (NONPAGED) area is a portion of memory that contains data that is essential for the system to run. This is the data that is necessary/required and always retained in RAM memory, the non-paged area. PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA (or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA) occurs when the Windows operating system cannot find data that should be stored in the non-paged area. This error usually occurs due to problems with hardware, such as corrupt sectors on the hard disk.

There are two possible scenarios: 1) you successfully restart the computer and log into Windows, or; 2) you cannot start Windows. If you cannot start Windows normally, you must boot it into Safe Mode or use the Automatic Repair/Advanced Startup screen. Read this guide and use the "Interrupt Windows Boot Process" method, or use the Windows Installation CD/DVD/USB. If you are using a laptop and there is no CD/DVD-Rom, or you do not have the installation media, you must find out which function (F) key you need to press to launch boot menu.


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Check Your Disk For Errors

It is always a good idea to periodically check the hard disk for errors. There is a built-in tool in Windows tool to check the integrity of disks. It examines them and corrects many types of common errors. You can run this tool from the command line or through a graphical interface. To run it from the command line, open Command Prompt, type "command prompt" and right-click on the "Command Prompt" result. Then, select "Run as administrator" from the drop-down menu.

check your disk for errors step 1

In the Command Prompt window, type the "chkdsk C: /f" command and press Enter on the keyboard. Replace "C" with the letter of your hard drive if it is not C: you want to scan (or the Windows operating system is on another drive). The "chkdsk C: /f" command detects and repairs logical issues affecting the drive. To repair physical issues, also run the "chkdsk C: /r" command. You can run both commands at once by typing "chkdsk C: /f /r". Restart your computer to see if this fixes the The PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA (or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA) error.

check your disk for errors step 2

NOTE: If you see a message saying that Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process, and you are asked if you would like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts, simply press "Y" key on the keyboard. The disk will be checked for errors after the restart.

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Run Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool

This error message can appear due to a problem with Random Access Memory (RAM). If RAM is failing, you should consider replacing it, but you need to be sure that this is the cause of the problem. The built-in Windows tool called Windows Memory Diagnostic can be run to see if there is a problem with computer memory. To open the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool, type "memory diagnostic" in Search.

run windows memory diagnostic tool step 1

You will be given two options: 1) restart your computer now and check for problems immediately; 2) check for problems the next time you start your computer and let it do a scan before loading the Windows operating system. Choose the most appropriate option. This tool will report any problems with RAM.

run windows memory diagnostic tool step 2

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Update Drivers

The PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA (or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA) error might be caused by outdated or incorrect drivers. If there were any recent software or driver updates, it is possible that they have errors or interact with unauthorised areas of memory. If this is the case, you need to updated or get new drivers for your hardware. To update drivers, open Device Manager by right-clicking the Start button and selecting the "Device Manager" result from the contextual menu or type "device manager" in Search and click the "Device Manager" result.

update your drivers step 1

In Device Manager, you will see a list of devices connected to your computer. If you know which particular drivers are causing the problem, you can update those drivers only. Sometimes it is difficult to ascertain which driver is causing the problem - in this case, you should update them all. Right-click the device and select "Update driver" from the drop-down menu.

update your drivers step 2

You will be asked if you want to search for updated driver software automatically or to browse your computer for driver software. If you select the first option, Windows will search your computer and the Internet for the latest driver software for your device. If you select the second option, you must locate and install the drivers manually. Using this option requires having previously downloaded the drivers on your computer or USB flash drive and it is a longer process, since you will have to download all latest drivers for all devices manually by visiting the device manufacturers' official websites. We recommend that you select the first option and follow the instructions. Apply these steps to all devices.

NOTE: If you are using Safe Mode, ensure that Windows is started in Safe Mode with Networking. You need an Internet connection to download and update drivers.

update your drivers step 3

Another way to update or install new drivers for devices is to do it by using third-party software such as Snappy Driver Installer. Snappy Driver Installer (SDI) is a powerful free driver updater tool for Windows that can store its entire collection of drivers offline. Having offline drivers gives Snappy Driver Installer the ability to have access to fast driver updates, even if there is no active Internet connection on your computer. Snappy Driver works with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and also works with Windows XP. Drivers are downloaded through Snappy Driver Installer in 'driverpacks', which are simply collections (packs) of drivers for various hardware such as sound devices, video cards, network adapters, etc. It can also show duplicate drivers and invalid drivers. It separates the updates that require you to restart your computer so that they are easier to distinguish. You can download Snappy Driver Installer from here. Or, you can look for other automated driver update software online that will update all drivers at once.

update your drivers step 4

If updating drivers does not solve the problem, you might want to try reinstalling rather than updating. Simply select "Uninstall" device when in Device Manager and Windows will install the missing drivers automatically the next time you start your computer. If not, selecting "Update driver" option should suffice.

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Temporarily Disable Your Antivirus

If you recently installed some antivirus software, it is possible that this is causing the PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA (or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA) error. Some users have reported that temporarily disabling (or temporarily uninstalling) their antivirus fixed the problem. If this solves the problem, we recommend that you contact your antivirus software developer and ask them if it is possible to resolve the issue and prevent specific software causing the PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA (or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA) error. Read this guide if you are not sure how to disable your antivirus - the article contains detailed descriptions on how to disable some of the most popular antivirus programs.

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Check Your RAM

It is possible that the RAM chip is not connected properly or the slot (or chip) is dusty, or one of the RAM sticks is damaged and is causing the PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA (or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA) error. If you know how to detach the RAM and reconnect it, we recommend you try this. Remove the RAM chip, ensure it is not dusty, and then replace it. Do not do this when the computer is turned on. When you have finished, turn your computer on and see if you still receive the PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA (or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA) error. If one of the sticks is causing the problem, you need to find out which one. Start Windows without one of the sticks and see if the error persists. Do this with each RAM stick removed in a process of elimination: if at some point during the process you do not receive the error, you will know which stick is causing the error and needs replacement.

We hope that this guide was helpful and you were able to fix the PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA (or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA) Blue Screen of Death error. If you know of other solutions to this problem, not mentioned in our guide, please share them with us by leaving a comment in the section below.

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