KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED is a Windows BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error. This is one of the most common errors faced by Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 7 users. When this error occurs, a blue screen will appear saying that your PC needs to be restarted due to an error. Often the problem will go away with a simple restart. But if KMODE Exception not Handled appears frequently, you should try to fix the issue.
Reasons for KMODE Exception not Handled
It is hard to exactly pinpoint the reason behind KMODE Exception not Handled error. In most of the cases, the error is caused by a faulty driver or hardware incompatibility. Here we list the most common reasons:
- An incompatible driver.
- Hardware issue.
- Errors in the system files.
Solutions for KMODE Exception not Handled error
To Fix KMODE Exception not Handled, you have to start your computer in Safe Mode. Starting the PC in Safe Mode is easy in Windows 7. But for Windows 8 or above you need to do some extra work. So, first we will show how you can start your PC in Safe Mode.
Shut down your PC first. Then start it. Keep pressing the F8 key as the screen turns on. You will soon see the Advanced Boot option menu. From there select Safe Mode using the arrow keys and press Enter.
Windows 8 / 8.1:
Press the Windows key and C together. Then from the sidebar click on Settings. Below the Settings menu, click on Power. You will see three options: Sleep, Shut down and Restart. Hold the Shift key and click Restart. Then a menu will appear with three options: Continue, Troubleshoot, Turn off your PC. Select Troubleshoot. In the next menu, click on Advanced Options. From the Advanced Options menu, select Startup Settings. In the next screen, click Restart. Now, you will see a Start Up Settings menu with about 9 options. Generally, the Enable Safe Mode option will be at number 4. So, press the F4 key. Your PC will start in Safe Mode.
In the Start Menu, click on Power. Then click Restart while holding the Shift key. The rest of the steps are similar to the instructions given above for Windows 8.
So, you have learned how to run your PC in Safe Mode. Now, let’s try to fix the KMODE Exception not Handled error.
Solution 1: Repair System files
To repair the system files, start Windows in Safe mode. Then from the Start menu, open Command Prompt as an administrator (i.e. right-click the Command Prompt icon in the Start menu and then select Run as an administrator. In the Command prompt, type this exactly: sfc /scannow
Now, press Enter to run System file check up. If any error is found, it will be repaired.
Solution 2: Disable problematic drivers
As mentioned before, in most of the cases, an incompatible driver or hardware is the main reason behind the KMODE Exception not Handled error. You can find out the problem easily by using the Device Manager. As before, start the computer in Safe mode. Search for the Device Manager in the Control Panel and open it. Check if there is a yellow exclamation mark beside any device name. Specially expand the Other Devices menu and look for the yellow sign. You will most probably find one driver with such mark. Right click on it and then disable. Restart the computer in normal mode. Hopefully, this will fix KMODE Exception not Handled error.
If the driver (and device) causing the error is very important for you and you don’t want to keep it disabled, you can try updating it. To do so, start Windows in Safe Mode with Networking mode (i.e in the menu where you selected Safe Mode, select Safe Mode with Networking instead). Now, you can connect to the internet even in the Safe Mode. From the Device manager, right click on the faulty driver name and choose Update. If Windows can update the driver, the problem will usually be solved.
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We hope you were able to fix KMODE Exception not Handled error by following this guide. If unfortunately the error hasn’t gone away, you might need to reinstall Windows. But before doing that, uninstall any recent software that you have installed and update the Windows to check if the problem gets solved. If none of these works then you have to go for a fresh Windows installation.