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Driver overran stack buffer: 9 Fixes

Windows BSODs can be tricky to diagnose and a headache for the general everyday user if they keep happening frequently. Most BSODs are caused by either terminal software faults, driver issues or some vital hardware failing. 

In this article, we’re taking a look at the “driver overran stack buffer” BSOD in Windows 10.


Update the OS

The first thing to do in such situations is to make sure your OS is up to date. Developers usually diagnose these issues based on insider reports or feedback from customers and issue fixes or patches in the form of updates. Check to make sure you’ve got the latest update installed on your system.

You can check out our detailed guide on how to update Windows here

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Uninstall recently installed programs

Next up on the list is removing any programs you have installed recently. Often a program installed with admin privileges can cause conflicts with Windows’ functioning leading to a BSOD or other less severe errors.

Programs like Virtual CloneDrive, CiscoVPN, Xsplit, MSI Live Update, Asus GameFirst Service and even antivirus like McAfee and BitDefender can trigger this error.


Update the drivers

Since the leading cause of this error is your device drivers failing, updating the driver at fault is the best shot at fixing the problem. 

Step 1: Right-click Start and select Device Manager from the menu.

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Step 2: Locate the driver you want to update, right-click on it and click on Update Drivers.

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Step 3: Click on Search automatically for drivers. Windows will then automatically look for and download the latest drivers for your particular GPU.

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While this should help resolve the error, in case it doesn’t, click Uninstall device and restart your PC to force Windows to install the required drivers. You can then update them later. 

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Run the Windows hardware troubleshooter

Windows 10 comes with a few handy troubleshooters that can resolve a bunch of issues. However, for some reason, Microsoft has removed the hardware troubleshooter from the troubleshooter’s menu. So here’s an alternative way to run the hardware troubleshooter. 

 Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run prompt. Type cmd and hit enter.

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Step 2: Type msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic and press enter. This will launch the hardware troubleshooter. 

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Proceed along as instructed by the troubleshooter.


Disable Fast Startup

Fast startup in Windows 10 can also cause problems with hardware drivers at times. Try disabling it to see if that gets your PC back to normal.

Step 1: Right-click the Start Button and select Settings. Alternatively, you can press Windows Key + I.

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Step 2: Search for Power & Sleep Settings.

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Step 3: Click on Additional Power Settings.

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Step 4: Click on Choose what the power button does.

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Step 5: Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.

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Step 6: Disable/Enable Fast startup.

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Run an SFC scan

Corrupt files are the number one reason why your PC might be behaving weirdly. Here’s how you can get rid of them and potentially resolve your issue. 

Step 1: Press Windows Key + S to bring up the Cortana/Search box and search for Powershell. Open Windows Powershell from the search results.

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Step 2: Type sfc /scannow to scan your system for issues. 

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Step 3: If the SFC scan finds any problem, use the following command to resolve them. 

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
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Restart your PC, and the error should’ve been resolved. If that doesn’t help, you can also run a DISM scan to fix any other errors by using this guide

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Run the Windows Memory Diagnostics tool

If your RAM is seated correctly but is failing, it can trigger this error. To check if there’s an issue with your RAM, follow these steps.

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Windows Memory Diagnostics. Then, click the corresponding search result. 

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Step 2: Run the tool and click the Restart now button to check for problems.

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If you see some issues, try running the auto-troubleshoot to resolve the error.


Run the Check Disk utility

The BSOD can very well be a sign of your boot drive failing to perform as it should. Try running the check disk utility to check whether or not your storage drives are, in fact, functional. 

You can refer to our detailed guide here on how to run the check disk utility.

Repair your system

If nothing else works, the best way to get rid of the error is by simply reinstalling or repairing your OS. 

The Windows Media Creation tool is a great way to install Windows and repair the OS. Using this, you can perform a clean installation or repair your OS without affecting your data.

You can download the Media Creation Tool here

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