How to Fix ‘Page Fault In Nonpaged Area’ In Windows 10

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There’s nothing quite like a blessing from the blue screen fo death (BSOD) elves, who doesn’t love troubleshooting general errors such as the ‘page fault in nonpaged area Windows 10’ failure? Ok, bad question, but we do!

Page fault in nonpaged area Windows 10 errors normally start appearing after a fresh install or update of Windows 10. Not updated recently? OK, it may fall down to a recent driver update or issues with RAM or VRAM (Graphics Card) too. 

Without doing too much detail, Windows 10 stores up to 1GB of temporary memory information on programs and drivers used which are called on when loading. The page fault in nonpaged area Windows 10 happens when an image isn’t in the expected location (plot twist, some high-priority images are saved permanently). This can be due to older images being moved due to not being used, for example.

How To Fix Page Fault In Nonpaged Area Windows 10

Enter The Virtual Memory Window

Navigate the following steps: Hit the settings cog (Windows 10 start menu) > Type ‘Performance’ in the settings menu search bar > choose ‘Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows’ > click the ‘Advanced’ tab > Click the ‘Change’ button under the Virtual Memory heading.

Change Virtual Memory Settings

Before doing this step, ensure you’ve looked up the maximum virtual memory recommendations from your RAM manufacturer. Uncheck ‘Automatically manage paging file size for all drives’ and click the ‘Custom Size’ selector. Enter the initial and maximum paging file sizes. Click ‘OK’ to save.

If these troubleshooting issues didn’t help, the page fault in nonpaged area Windows 10 error may be hardware related, specifically RAM, VRAM, or CPU. Follow this official Windows walkthrough before replacing or repairing any hardware. For more BSOD troubleshooting guides, make sure to bookmark PC Guide for all things Windows 10.

Here are some troubleshooting tips to get rid of that pesky page fault in nonpaged area Windows 10 blue screen error:

Rollback/Update Drivers

If the page fault in the nonpaged area Windows 10 error keeps happening when using a specific piece of hardware, such as a USB port, try these steps first.

Open Device Manager

First, we need to open the device manager to access all of your current hardwire inside your PC/Laptop. Start by typing ‘devmgmt.msc’ into the Run window (Windows key + r) to bring it up. You can also just type ‘Device Manager’ into the Windows 10 search bar.

Update or Rollback Driver

Find the device with the driver issue in question (You will know this as the page fault in nonpaged area Windows 10 error will trigger when used). To update, right-click and select update. To roll back, the driver, double-click the hardware and click the ‘Rollback’ button under the ‘Driver’ tab.

(Sometimes rollback is greyed out, in this case, right-click the hardware in question and select uninstall. Navigate to the manufacturers’ website to download the latest drivers and necessary software suite.)

Run DISM and SFC

Running Deployment Image Servicing And Management and System File Check tools via command prompt is always a recommended step when dealing with any blue screen issues. DISM fixes Windows 10 OS image errors, whilst SFC fixes system file issues.


Let’s get Command Prompt window open with administrator privileges. Type ‘CMD’ into the Windows 10 Search bar and select ‘Run As Administrator’, or into the Run window by pressing the Windows key + R and pressing Ctrl+Shift+Enter instead of OK to open up as an administrator. Once open, type ‘DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth’ to check for issues. Then type ‘DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth’ to fix any issues.


Whilst in Command Prompt as Admin, type ‘sfc /scannow’ and leave the System File Checker to do its thing. This can take around 10 minutes or so.

Prevent Windows From Automatically Managing PAGEFILE.SYS

As previously mentioned, Windows 10 automatically manages memory pages for hardware, but you can set certain parameters so that this process isn’t automated to try and fix the page fault in nonpaged area Windows 10 error.

Christian 'Reggie' Waits' is a contributor to PC Guide, having written a wide array of how to and buying guide content.