Software & Apps Windows How to Fix STOP 0x00000008 Errors by Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated on July 20, 2019 Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide Tweet Share Email The STOP 0x00000008 error will always appear on a STOP message, more commonly called a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). One of the errors below or a combination of both errors may display on the STOP message: "STOP: 0x00000008""IRQL_NOT_DISPATCH_LEVEL" The STOP 0x00000008 error may also be abbreviated as STOP 0x8 but the full STOP code will always be what's displayed on the blue screen STOP message. If Windows is able to start after the STOP 0x8 error, you may be prompted with a Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown message that shows: Problem Event Name: BlueScreenBCCode: 8 Cause of STOP 0x00000008 Errors STOP 0x00000008 errors are likely caused by hardware or device driver issues. Don't Want to Fix This Yourself? If you're interested in fixing this problem yourself, continue with the troubleshooting in the next section. Otherwise, see How Do I Get My Computer Fixed? for a full list of your support options, plus help with everything along the way like figuring out repair costs, getting your files off, choosing a repair service, and a whole lot more. How To Fix It The STOP 0x00000008 STOP code is rare so there's little troubleshooting information available that's specific to the error. However, since most STOP errors have similar causes, there are some basic troubleshooting steps to help fix STOP 0x00000008 issues: Restart your computer if you haven't already done so.The STOP 0x00000008 blue screen error may not occur again after rebooting.Perform basic STOP error troubleshooting. These extensive troubleshooting steps aren't specific to the STOP 0x00000008 error but since most STOP errors are so similar, they should help resolve it. Applies To Any of Microsoft's Windows NT based operating systems could experience the STOP 0x00000008 error. This includes Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows NT.