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How to fix WHEA uncorrectable error?

Windows is a rather stable operating system and keeps getting better with every iteration. However, even after all the latest updates and features, it isn’t immune to random bugs and glitches, which in some cases, can cause BSODs. 

In this article, we’re talking about errors in the Windows Hardware Error Architecture (WHEA), the causes behind them and what you can do to fix the problem.


What causes this error?

WHEA errors are usually associated with hardware issues, but driver conflicts, missing updates, and even unsafe overclocking can also cause them. Other possible causes include the following:

  • Hard drive failures.
  • Defective memory modules.
  • Improperly seated CPU
  • Extra string caused by extreme overclocking. 

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9 ways to fix WHEA uncorrectable error

Here are nine fixes you can try out. 

Update your PC 

The first thing you should do is update your PC. Updating your PC will, in most cases, update your drivers and fix any issues in the process

Check out this detailed guide to know how to update your PC here

Stop overclocking

If you’re overclocking your CPU, GPU or RAM, there’s a chance that you’re running into thermal throttling issues, which are causing more harm than good. Revert your PC to the default factory settings to see if that helps. 


Inspect your hardware

Shutting down your PC and doing a quick hardware sanity check is also recommended. Any loose power cables or connections, improperly seated RAM, CPU or GPU, or any wrong header cables on the motherboard can all trip and cause system-level hardware interrupts randomly that can keep your PC from running stably. Check all your hardware and ensure everything is properly plugged in and functioning. 


Run an SFC scan

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

Step 1: Press the Windows Key + S to open 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 problems, use the following command to resolve them. 

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
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Restart your PC, and the error should be resolved. 

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Update your drivers

Updating (or uninstalling the problematic driver can also fix the problem.

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

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Step 2: Expand the problematic driver, right-click on it and click Update driver. 

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

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


Run the Windows Memory Diagnostics tool

If your RAM is seated properly but fails, 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 issues, try running the auto-troubleshoot to resolve the error.

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Check your storage drive

Problems with your storage drive can cause sudden shutdowns of the disk, which can cut off the operating system’s access to core files needed to function properly. If that’s the case, run a disk scan to check your drive and take appropriate action. 

Check out this detailed guide to know how to run a disk checkup on Windows.


Restore to a previous backup

Restoring your system to a previous state when everything was working fine can often help solve BSOD problems on Windows. 

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Reset this PC. Then, launch the Recovery setting from the search results. 

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Step 2: Click on Open System Restore. 

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Step 3: Select the recommended restore point and click the Next button to proceed. 

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This should revert any software or driver-related errors that might be causing WHEA errors for you. 


Repair your system

If nothing else works, the best way to eliminate 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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