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How to fix Kernel data inpage error Windows 10?

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Windows is usually a rather stable OS but does have its issues from time to time. The infamous BSOD or the occasional crash can be quite scary to the average user.

However, not all of these errors are difficult to fix. In this article, we’re going over the Kernal Data inpage Error in Windows 10, its causes and the possible solutions you can take.

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What causes the Kernel data inpage error in Windows 10?

More often than not, kernel data inpage errors are directly related to memory hardware failure such as your RAM or HDDs dying out. Here are some error codes that you might see.

  •  0x0000007A: Incidates a file access issue. 
  • 0xC000009C: Indicates HDD bad sectors. 
  • 0xC000009D: Indicates loose connections or HDD failure.  
  • 0xC000016A: Another indication for bad HDD sectors. 
  • 0xC0000185: Indicates improperly conencted or damaged cables.

Fixing kernel data inpage error in Windows 10

As mentioned above, since most kernel data inpage errors occur because of failing or improperly connected HDDs or RAMs, the fixes involve either replacing them or making sure they’re properly connected. 

Inspect your RAM

The first thing you should do is open up your computer and physically inspect your RAM. Make sure that it is seated properly and that the modules aren’t loose or damaged. It’s also a good idea to put the module in another PC and check if they’re working properly. 

Inspect HDD cables

Another possible cause of the issue is improperly connected HDD cables or bad sectors in the drive itself. Get inside your PC and make sure all connections are in place and all cables are properly seated. Make sure to check the cable on both ends — where it plugs into the drive and where it plugs into the motherboard.

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Run a memory test

If your RAM is seated properly but is failing, it can trigger the 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. Click the corresponding search result. 

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

Check your HDD

Next up, you can check your HDD for any bad sectors or mechanical failures. You’ll be using the chkdsk command for this. 

You can read our detailed guide on running the chkdsk guide here. 

Unplug any peripherals

Although a rare shot, some corrupt hardware peripherals can also trigger this error. Try unplugging all of your hardware out except the essentials and boot your PC, if it starts up fine, try plugging in one component at a time to rule out the hardware at fault. 

Run a virus scan

At times, malware or virus can corrupt some important system files causing a kernel error. Try scanning your PC for a virus or malware and delete it from your PC. This is less likely to happen but still a possible cause of the error.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: