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Published: June 23, 2016 | Applies to:

This guide will help you to learn how to use Driver Verifier in Windows 10 for locating faulty driver(s) and perform crash analysis of BSOD/stop errors.

Driver Verifier is an in-built tool in Windows operating systems, which helps you to test the drivers which you suspect to be corrupted. These corrupted drivers may contribute to crash your machine with Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) or stop errors. Using Driver Verifier, you can check your drivers and locate the fault which is causing stop errors on your system.

Please note that Driver Verifier feature is only for testing and debugging objectives and when it is enabled, your Windows will crash often. Also you should not run it for a very long time, say more than 24 hours and disable it as soon as you spot a stop error on system. It is advisable to verify lesser or minimum number of drivers in a single session.

Now, here is how to enable and then disable Driver Verifier:

How To Use Driver Verifier In Windows 10

Part 1 : How To Enable Driver Verifier

1. Press W8K + R and type verifier in the Run dialog box. Click OK.

How To Use Driver Verifier In Windows 10

2. In User Account Control (UAC) prompt click Yes. Note the your account should belong to administrator’s group to open Driver Verifier.

How To Use Driver Verifier In Windows 10

3. Now the Driver Verifier wizard will open, and you’ll see window shown below. Choose Create standard settings option under Select a task. Click Next.

How To Use Driver Verifier In Windows 10

4. Then specify which drivers you want to verify. Here we’ll choose Select driver names from a list option. Click Next.

How To Use Driver Verifier In Windows 10

5. Next, from the driver list, you can select which specific driver you want to test/verify. For example, here we select ntfs.sys driver which is driver that allows system to read New Technology File System (NTFS) drives. Click Finish.

How To Use Driver Verifier In Windows 10

You’ll be asked to restart the machine. After reboot, the Driver Verifier will run in background.

How To Use Driver Verifier In Windows 10

INFO: When Driver Verifier is operating, it will cause stop error at some point. After this stop error you can either disable it or boot into Safe Mode. Whatever you choose, you can then check log file which contains all the details verifier found about the crash. This .DMP file is located inside C:\Windows\Minidump folder (assuming C: as system root drive). You can use this log file for crash analysis.

Part 2 : How To Disable Driver Verifier

1. To disable Driver Verifier, open its wizard (follow Part 1; step 1 and 2). In the Driver Verifier Manager window, under Select a task heading, choose Delete existing settings option. Click Finish.

How To Use Driver Verifier In Windows 10

2. Click Yes for the warning message shown below:

How To Use Driver Verifier In Windows 10

You’ll be asked to reboot to finally end the program. Click OK to restart the machine.

How To Use Driver Verifier In Windows 10

So that’s all about how you use Driver Verifier in Windows!


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