How To Fix STOP 0x0000000E Errors

A Troubleshooting Guide for the 0xE Blue Screen of Death

Image of a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) in Windows 10
Blue Screen of Death in Windows 10. Screenshot by author 

The STOP 0x0000000E 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 i​n the STOP message:

  • "STOP: 0x0000000E"
  • "NO_USER_MODE_CONTEXT"

The STOP 0x0000000E error may also be abbreviated as STOP 0xE 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 0xE error, you may be prompted with a Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown message that shows:

Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
BCCode: e

Cause of STOP 0x0000000E Errors

STOP 0x0000000E errors are likely caused by hardware or device driver issues and often occur during or soon after a Windows installation.

If STOP 0x0000000E isn't the exact STOP code you're seeing or NO_USER_MODE_CONTEXT isn't the exact message, check for other STOP error codes and reference the troubleshooting information for the STOP message that you are seeing.

How To Fix STOP 0x0000000E Errors

  1. Restart your computer if you haven't already done so. The STOP 0x0000000E blue screen error may be a fluke and just a restart is all that's needed.
     
  2. Test your computer's memory, especially if you're seeing the 0xE BSOD during a Windows installation. If any of those memory tests fail, replace your computer's RAM before trying anything else.
     
  3. Update drivers for your hardware that you suspect might be involved in this problem or that you've recently updated or made changes to. For example, say the 0x0000000E BSOD appears whenever you open Photoshop. In that case, try updating your video card drivers first. If the 0xE error appears when you open your browser, try updating your network drivers first.
     
  1. Write a new partition boot sector to the Windows system partition. Some 0xE BSODs are due to the corruption of the partition boot sector, a necessary part of the Windows startup process.
     
  2. Rebuild the Windows BCD. Another cause of 0x0000000E BSOD errors, especially those that occur just before Windows starts up, is a corrupt Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store.
     
  1. Perform basic STOP error troubleshooting. If one of the likely solutions above doesn't fix the 0x0000000E BSOD, give some of these general troubleshooting steps a try.

This Applies To ...

... any of Microsoft's Windows NT based operating systems could experience the STOP 0x0000000E error. This includes Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows NT.

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