The “Thread Stuck in Device Driver” can occur soon after starting the computer or within a few minutes. It can occur after installation of a driver file loops continuously while waiting for the identified hardware to idle.

In such a scenario the computer can lag and strain before it finally crashes, leaving you with the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD). The error can occur in any version of the Windows operating system.

Common Reasons For “Thread Stuck In Device Driver” Error

  • Damaged device drivers
  • Misconfigured device drivers
  • Outdated device drivers
  • Incompatible drivers
  • Overheating of your computer system
  • Damaged or faulty device
  • Driver issues with significant number of issues coming from video, sound card and graphic card drivers


Solution 1 – Basic Troubleshooting Steps

One of the very first things that you need to do is understand your computer’s health status. Make sure that the computer has sufficient RAM. Check if any device that you have installed recently is incompatible with the computer system. Also check if you have installed the correct drivers for such devices. Finally, remember to run a thorough scan of your system for malware or viruses and corrupt system registry files.

Solution 2: Driver Update

It is important to update all installed drivers. Here is how to go about it:

  1. Search the computer with ‘Device Manager’ and then open it
  2. You will see all the hardware that are attached to the computer, expand them all
  3. Check if there is any Yellow Triangle with exclamation mark after any adapter or device
  4. Right click on the adapter or device before clicking on properties to update its driver
  5. Restart the computer and check if the error is resolved

Solution 3 – Device Replacement

  1. Shut down the computer
  2. Remove any attached peripherals including printer, scanner, video card, sound card and graphic card
  3. Start the computer and see if the error persists
  4. Elimination of the Thread Stuck in Device Driver error indicates that one or ore devices are damaged or faulty
  5. Replace each device one after the other, shut down and restart the computer every time you identify a faulty device that needs replacement
  6. Once all faulty devices are fixed, check if the error is resolved.

Solution 4: Temperature Control

Overheating is one of the major causes for this computer error. Video cards get primarily affected by overheating. Check if both the fans and UPS should be clean and functioning properly. You can also consider upgrading your UPS in case it is old.

Solution 5: Restore System To Fix Thread Stuck In Device Driver

  1. Click ‘Start’> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools > System Restore
  2. You will get a list of all restore points that you would have created earlier
  3. Restore the computer to an earlier date in the resultant dialog box
  4. Select the restore point from the confirmation box that appears and follow the onscreen instructions. System restore should start automatically.
  5. Let the restoration complete and then restart the computer
  6. Check if the error is now resolved.