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    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10

    How to Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Performance & Maintenance
    04 Feb 2021
    Designer Media Ltd


    Driver Verifier - Enable and Disable in Windows 10

    Driver Verifier is a diagnostic tool built into Windows 10, it is designed to verify both native Microsoft drivers and third party drivers. Driver Verifier's verification process involves putting heavy stress on drivers with the intention of making bad, outdated, incompatible or misbehaving drivers fail. The required result is a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) which will generate a crash dump for debugging purposes.

    For more details about Driver Verifier, see:

    Note   Note
    Machines exposed to Driver Verifier will run very sluggishly due to the stress being applied to the drivers.

    warning   Warning
    It is not advised to run Driver Verifier for more than 48 hours at a time. Disable Driver Verifier after 48 hours or after receiving a BSOD, whichever happens soonest.

    Always create a Restore Point prior to enabling Driver Verifier.





    INTRODUCTION

     List of Contents


    Part One: Run Driver Verifier
    Part Two: Configure Driver Verifier Settings and Enable
    Part Three: Disable Driver Verifier



    PART ONE

     Run Driver Verifier


    Select from one of the options below to run Driver Verifier.





    OPTION 1

    Run Driver Verifier by Searching Start Menu


    1: Click on the Start button and type Verifier into the Search box, then click on the Verifier tile.
    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-search-verifier.jpg





    OPTION 2

    Run Driver Verifier via Command Prompt


    1: Open a Command Prompt, type in Verifier then hit enter. You'll receive an 'Operation completed successfully' message and the Verifier window will open.

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-c-prompt-open.jpg




    OPTION 3

    Run Driver Verifier from Task Manager


    1: Open Task Manager with more details.

    2: Click on File in the menu bar then click on Run new task

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-task-manager.jpg

    3: Type Verifier and hit OK.

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-task-manager-2.jpg





    PART TWO

     Configure Driver Verifier Settings and Enable


    1:
    Click on Create custom settings (for code developers) then click Next

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-create-settings.jpg

    2: Check the following options:

    • I/O Verification
    • Force pending I/O requests
    • IRP logging

    Click Next
    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-change-standard-settings.jpg

    3: Choose Select driver names from a list then click Next.

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-select-drivers-list.jpg

    4:
    Click on the Provider header to sort providers alphabetically, then select all non-Microsoft Corporation drivers. Click Finish.

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-select-drivers.jpg

    5: You will be prompted to restart the PC, click OK then reboot. Upon reboot Driver Verifier will be enabled.

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-finish-enabling.jpg
    Note   Note
    There is no visible indication that Driver Verifier is running once you've rebooted, it runs in the background stressing drivers.




    PART THREE

     Disable Driver Verifier


    Option One: Disable Driver Verifier through Verifier Manager
    Option Two: Disable Driver Verifier through Windows Recovery



    OPTION ONE

    Disable Driver Verifier through Verifier Manager


    1: Run Driver Verifier

    2: Choose Delete existing settings then click Finish.

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-delete-existing-settings.jpg




    OPTION TWO

    Disable Driver Verifier through Windows Recovery


    Note   Note
    Upon receiving a Driver Verifier forced BSOD Windows may fail to boot. In this scenario you'll be taken to the Recovery options which offer multiple ways to get Windows 10 booting again. The relevant options are outlined below.
    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-dv-bsod.jpg

    1: Click on See advanced repair options.

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-recovery.jpg

    2: Click Troubleshoot

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-choose-option.jpg

    3: Click on Advanced options

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-troubleshoot-choice-2.jpg

    4: Choose one of the following options:





    OPTION ONE

    Disable Driver Verifier via Command Prompt



    1: Click on Command prompt

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-advanced-options-c-prompt.jpg

    2: Choose an account to continue

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-choose-account-continue-c-prompt.jpg

    3: Enter your Microsoft password

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-enter-password.jpg

    4: At the Command Prompt type the command below you want to use and hit enter. Reboot the PC for the changes to take effect.

    verifier /reset

    OR

    verifier /bootmode resetonbootfail

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-verifier-c-prompt-restonbootfail-2.jpg




    OPTION TWO

    Disable Driver Verifier via System Restore



    1: Click on System Restore

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-advanced-options-system-restore.jpg

    2: Choose the Restore Point to restore to, then click Next

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-system-restore-2.jpg

    3: Click Finish to confirm the Restore Point

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-system-restore-3.jpg

    4: Click Yes to continue

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-system-restore-4.jpg

    5: Choose This device belongs to me if the PC in question is a personal computer

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-system-restore-5.jpg

    6: Sign in to your Microsoft account

    Enable and Disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10-system-restore-6.jpg


    That's it,
    Gav.



  1. Kari's Avatar
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       #1

    Nice!
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  2. Boozad's Avatar
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    Thanks @Kari :)
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  3. gator's Avatar
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    Really useful, bookmarked!

    Thanks Gav
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    You're welcome Moe, hope you find it of use in the future mate.
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    Nice job Gav
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    Thanks Colin mate
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    A very well written tutorial! Great job Gav.
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    Thanks Arc. High praise from all the heavy hitters.
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  9. Posts : 2
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       #9

    None of the "exit verifier" options work.
    recently "upgraded" (I use the term loosely) from windows 8.1 to windows 10 - or at least tried to

    My PC does not boot - it fails with a DRIVER VERIFIER DETECTED VIOLATION error
    If I go into advanced options/troubleshoot/advanced options/command prompt, I can enter "verifier", but it shows no settings, I can "clear settings" but when I close verifier it says "no settings were changed"
    I can enter verifier /reset or the rebootonfail option to try to turn off verifier, but they appear to have no effect, since when I reboot I get the DRIVER VERIFIER DETECTED VIOLATION error

    I cannot boot into safe mode to turn off verifier. If I try booting into safe mode, I get the DRIVER VERIFIER DETECTED VIOLATION error

    I created a system restore point immediately before I ran verifier to initially check my BSODs. If I try to restore my restore point, It stops, and says, system restore could not complete.

    So, I am STUCK with verifier on, so cannot boot. any other suggestions? I do NOT have source media for windows 8.1 so cannot do a reset.
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