BSOD Stop errors can be triggered by superfluous peripherals, such as printers, flash drives, external DVD drives, game controllers, etc.
So, try disconnecting any non-essential peripheral devices from your PC.
If the issue no longer persists, then the error is probably due to one of your peripherals.
5. Roll back Windows with System Restore
- First, open Run with the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut.
- To open System Restore, type rstrui in the Run box and click OK.
- Select the Choose a different restore point option if System Restore displays that setting.
- Click Next to proceed.
- Select Show more restore points to get a full list of restore points.
- Select a restore point that restores Windows to a time that predates the BSOD error on your PC.
- Click Next to continue.
- Press the Finish button to roll back Windows to the selected restore point.
System Restore is one of the more likely fixes for the IRQL NOT DISPATCH LEVEL error as that might undo recent system changes that generate the BSOD issue.
6. Reinstall Windows 10
Reinstalling Windows 10 is the last resort for resolving the IRQL NOT DISPATCH LEVEL error. To do a clean Windows 10 install, you’ll need bootable USB media with a Windows 10 ISO on it.
Check out our clean install of Windows 10 guide for further details.
A factory reset is similar to reinstalling Windows 10, and you can retain your own files with that method. So, some users might prefer resetting Windows to default instead of a completely clean reinstallation.
Our Factory reset guide provides further guidelines for resetting Windows 10.
Those are some of the fixes for the 0x00000008 IRQL NOT DISPATCH LEVEL error.
The troubleshooting steps included on Microsoft’s Troubleshoot blue screen errors page might also come in handy for fixing the IRQL BSOD error.
If one of these solutions helped, we’d like to hear your feedback so feel free to use the comments section below.
FAQ: Learn more about Blue Screens of Death
- How do I stop Blue Screens of Death?
It helps to know exactly what can cause BSoD errors and then to follow the hints given at the bottom of the error.
- Do Blue Screens of Death fix themselves?
No, Blue Screen of Death will happen every time your PC runs into a fatal error, even if it is the same one over and over again.
- How much does it cost to fix a BSoD?
Most troubleshooting steps that you can follow are free, except for when the problem is hardware-related. You could also invest in good BSoD recovery tools.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in May 2020 and was updated and revamped in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.