3 main causes of kernel errors
Posted On July 1, 2023
A kernel bug is a flaw in some code critical to Windows. If you’ve ever encountered a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD), then you’ve seen a kernel error. Windows is actually several layers of programs made to work together. You can think of Windows as your body, with many pieces working together to make a whole, and just like your body, some parts of Windows are more important than others.
The kernel is the most important part of Windows. It includes critical programs to handle things like memory management and device drivers for the graphics card. These programs are like the heart and brain of a body. If something in the kernel fails, it will often cause the whole of Windows to crash.
Because there are many programs in the kernel, there are many opportunities for bugs to appear. Although Microsoft does extensive testing to get rid of bugs, its test facilities can’t run all the combinations that billions of computers use with Windows when some bugs occur.
However, many of the kernel bugs are in device drivers written by companies that make hardware, not Microsoft. Your graphics card, for example, probably uses a driver created by the video company. These companies often work with Microsoft to test their drivers, but having the companies work together adds an extra layer of complexity.
A hardware failure can cause a kernel error. If your graphics card fails, it can send bad data to the graphics device driver, which then crashes and creates a kernel error. If your hard drive fails, it can damage files used by Windows and cause programs that use those files to crash.
Registry failures can cause kernel errors. The registry is a database of information that Windows uses to store information about programs. If the registry becomes corrupted, programs that use it can cause kernel errors.
Registry corruption can come from software or hardware failures. Software corruption can come from a bug in one of the programs that writes information to the registry. Or if you turn off your computer without doing a hard shutdown, the log files may not be completely written to the disk. Hardware corruption can occur when the hard drive fails and parts of the registry files are lost. It’s a good idea to do some research on kernel errors and other registry issues.