Windows 10 Frequently Restart with Thread Stuck in Device Driver Blue Screen error or stop code 0x000000EA at startup? The error probably occurs due to faulty video card driver, Or maybe it is due to the damaged video card. Here some applicable solutions to fix Thread Stuck in Device Driver BSOD error on windows 10.

THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error stop code 0x000000EA encounter when a video hardware device driver enters an infinite loop and Windows has to terminate it and stop the booting process. This results the Blue Screen Error, at startup or While doing graphic Related work such as working on Autocad, 3D max etc or playing heavy graphics related games. Depending on your PC you may receive one of the following errors:

  • The THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER bug check has a value of 0x000000EA
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Thread Stuck in Device Driver stop 0x000000EA mostly occur due to Corrupted or old device drivers ( especially the Display/graphics driver ) Incompatible driver, Driver conflict after installing new hardware, damaged video card. Corrupted system files, Bad memory Module, Old BIOS etc. If you are also having this Blue screen error here apply bellow solutions to get rid of this.

Note: When the blue screen issue appears, restart your PC. After that, you can successfully use Windows again. and apply bellow solutions to prevent feature blue screen error. If you can’t enter the Normal Mode, windows frequently Restart then Boot into Safe Mode And apply bellow solutions.

Update/ Re-install / Rollback graphics drivers

As discussed Outdated corrupted video card drivers can be the main cause, so make sure you have the latest driver for your video card. You need to update / Re-install the graphic Driver. Or if any cause you notice after recent driver upgrade the problem started then you can perform Roll Back Driver option.

Update Driver

To update display / Graphics Driver open Device manager by press win + r, Type devmgmt.msc and hit the enter key. Then Expand Display driver, Right click on the installed graphics driver and select update driver. Select search automatically for updated driver software and follow on-screen instructions to install and update the current display driver.

search automatically for updated driver software
search automatically for updated driver software
Roll back Driver option

If you notice the problem started after an update the graphics Driver then that might be the newly installed driver is incompatible with the current windows version. And which may be causing the issue. That cause you can try Roll Back Driver option to revert the current driver to the previous version.

To perform Rollback Driver option open Device manager, expand display adapter and then double click on installed graphic Driver. Here move to Driver tab you will find the option Rollback Driver option. click on it and follow on-screen instructions to revert back the current driver to the previous version.

roll back driver
rollback driver

Also, you can Visit device manufacturers website, download the latest available Graphics Driver. Then from Device manager uninstall the Currently installed driver. Restart windows and install the driver you download from the manufacturer.

After update/ Re-install / Roll back driver Restart windows and check its start normally. and There is no more Thread Stuck in Device Driver.

Reset Hardware Acceleration

If the first method did not help to fix THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER error, you should try setting hardware acceleration to None. To do this

  • Click “Start“> Search. Type “Display” in the resultant box before selecting “Display” on the eventual list that appears.
  • Proceed to “Change Display Settings”>Troubleshoot.
  • Click “Change Settings“.
  • Drag the slider on hardware acceleration bar to “None“.
  • Click “OK” before restarting your computer to see whether or not this resolves the problem

If you don’t have troubleshoot tab then right-click on the desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel ( Note: Every graphics card has their own control panel). On NVIDIA Control Panel, select “Set PhysX configuration” from the left column. Then under select a PhysX processor make sure CPU is selected. Click Apply to save the changes. This will disable NVIDIA PhysX GPU acceleration. Which may help to resolve BSOD error Thread Stuck in Device Driver stop 0x000000EA. 

Reset Hardware Acceleration
Reset Hardware Acceleration

Update BIOS (Basic Input/Output System)

Performing BIOS update is a critical task and if something goes wrong it can seriously damage your system, therefore, an expert supervision is recommended. First identify your BIOS version, by press Windows Key + R then type “msinfo32” (without quotes) and hit enter to open System Information.

check BIOS Version
check BIOS Version

Once you know the manufacturer and BIOS version, you can go to the manufacturer’s website and download the latest BIOS. Most new computers have a fairly easy BIOS update procedure done by simply downloading the .exe file from your motherboard manufacturers website and running it. If your PC suddenly shuts down while installing the BIOS there might be a problem booting it up so make sure your battery life on your laptop is fully charged or you are plugged into a UPS.

Install latest windows updates

Microsoft Regularly drops Feature updates with Security improvements and bug fixes to patch the security hole created by third-party applications. And may with the latest update there is a fix for this BSOD error. So make sure you have installed the latest windows updates on your system.

Windows 10 is set to install updates automatically, or you can manually check and install updates form settings -> update & security -> windows updates -> check for updates.

Checking for windows updates
Checking for windows updates

Run System File Checker

Again sometimes may be corrupted system files (especially after recent windows 10 upgrade ) cause different startup problems, Blue screen errors etc. We recommend to Run System file checker utility to repair corrupted files. System File Checker is a free utility which allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files. If found any the SFC utility restore them from a special folder located on %WinDir%\System32\dllcache. After that Restart windows and check the problem resolved for you.

Control The Temperature

Again Overheating is another major cause of this thread stuck in device driver BSOD Error. Overheating of the system can have a drastic effect on the video card like locking of the chipset. In such conditions, you would observe the Thread Stuck in Device driver Error 0x100000ea. So it is important that you keep a check on the temperature of your desktop or laptop. To cool down the system, make sure that the fans and UPS of your system are clean and working properly.

Perform System Restore

If all above solutions failed to fix thread stuck in device driver blue Screen Error then its time to utilize the System Restore feature which reverts windows configuration to previous working state. Restoring your computer system to an earlier date when it worked without any error message can be helpful in reversing any adverse changes that may be causing the error.

These are some most applicable solutions to fix thread stuck in device driver stop code 0x000000EA. I hope applying this solution resolve thread stuck in device driver BSOD error. Still have any query, Suggestion or face difficulty while applying these solutions feel free to discuss in comments below. Also, read Fix Microsoft Edge not working on Windows 10 Fall Creators update.