This article provides information how to repair the Windows Blue Screen error "STOP 0x0000000A: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL".
The error "Stop 0x0000000A: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL", usually occurs at Windows Startup. It is most often associated with either a bad driver or with faulty or incompatible hardware or software. Technically, this error condition indicates that a kernel-mode process or driver tried to access a memory location to which it did not have permission or at a kernel Interrupt Request Level (IRQL) that was too high.
If you have a Windows blue screen error 0x0000001A, you may be able to gain some basic information on the code alone. For additional information, refer to Microsoft Community Article: Bluescreen stop error 0x0000001A (0x00000404,0xC0040690,0x6E595847,0xC0042790). Troubleshooting from the Microsoft support site is re-published here for your convenience:
Included below are generic troubleshooting steps. Not every Blue Screen error requires an Operating System reinstall. In fact most can be repaired. These steps are not specific to the actual code and may not be necessary for every Blue Screen error.
To isolate the cause, run PSA/ePSA diagnostics.
For detailed instructions on running PSA/ePSA diagnostics, refer to the Dell Knowledge Base article Resolve Hardware Issues With Built-in and Online Diagnostics (ePSA or PSA Error Codes).
Article ID: SLN163432Last Date Modified: 09/14/2019 04:31 AM