Fixed: BUGCODE_NDIS_DRIVER Error Windows 10

The BUGCODE_NDIS_DRIVER error message appears with a sudden Windows crash, mostly while starting up. This specific error message has the error code 0x0000007C, which drastically indicates problems related to your networking driver. The reasons for the error message could be issues with RAM, disc overload, buggy updates, or computer viruses.  


When the error message BUGCODE_NDIS_DRIVER occurs, you may see a few problems such as unexpected-shutdown, irregular flashing, desktop freezing, and others. 

Complete Fix for BUGCODE_NDIS_DRIVER Error on Windows 10 

Method 1: Stop Automatic Restart

  1. In case your system shutdown while initialization, reboot it and then make sure you are on the home screen. 
  2. Then right-click on This PC.  
  3. Head to Properties. 
  4. Once the window that shows up on display, perform a left click on the Advanced system settings.
  5. Next, the System Properties windows would appear.
  6. Look for the Startup and recovery on your bottom area of the window and then head to Settings inside this section.
  7. After that, below to the System Failure, you will need to unselect the box saying Automatically Restart.
  8. At last, navigate to OK. 

Method 2: Solve BUGCODE_NDIS_DRIVER via Hardware Accessories

Here are steps to solve the issue with inspecting hardware devices, follow these instructions:

  1. To know which device is causing the issue, remove all devices or uninstall all recently plugged devices temporarily.
  2. You can keep the removed hardware devices aside safely.
  3. Now turn on the pc and see if the device can normally start. 
  4. If your computer normally starts without any error messages this time, it means one of the connected peripherals was triggering the error.
  5. Now plug-in each disconnected device to your computer one by one, accompanied by a restart each time.  
  6. When the BUGCODE_NDIS_DRIVER error message arrives, it indicates that the last plugged in device is causing the issue.   
  7. Now, disconnect the device that is creating problems and then start your computer normally. 
  8. Make sure you reach the home screen.
  9. Plug in the problematic device once again and wait for it to detect by the system. 
  10. Then, press the Windows logo key. 
  11. Put in Device Manager.  
  12. Choose the best matching result.
  13. Once Device Manager appears, find the device that is causing BUGCODE_NDIS_DRIVER error. 
  14. Right-click on its driver. 
  15. Choose Update Driver.  
  16. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the driver update process.  
  17. Once done, reboot the computer to see the effect. 
  18. The problem should resolve now, and if the error appears even after applying this method, then move to the next method.    

Method 3: Start PC into Safe Mode 

The safe mode is particularly made to solve the most common Windows errors as it starts your computer with the minimum hardware and software resources. This can result in fixing the BUGCODE_NDIS_DRIVER error automatically. Here is how to fix this issue by getting into safe mode:

  1. First of all, Head to the Start menu button to open the Start menu. 
  2. Then Head to the Power button.
  3. Next, Head to Restart using the menu while pressing the Shift key at the same time you click Restart.
  4. On the next startup, you will see a pure blue or black display with a few options listed there. 
  5. Go to Troubleshoot and proceed to the Advanced Options button.
  6. Head to Startup Settings.
  7. Navigate to ‘Safe mode.’ 
  8. Head to the Restart option to restart the device into the sage mode. 
  9. After that, hit the F4 key on your keyboard to start into Safe mode.
  10. Once you are there in safe mode, run a security scan, and ensure if anything is going wrong.  

Method 4: Updating Drivers

  1. Head to the Start menu by pressing the Start key on your keyboard. 
  2. Type devmgmt.msc.
  3. Find the Device Manager option in results.
  4. Once you find it, double-click on that to open it.
  5. Look at the devices that have a yellow caution indication.
  6. These devices are the one that has outdated or corrupted drivers. 
  7. You need to update their drivers in order to solve the BUGCODE_NDIS_DRIVER issue. 
  8. Open the device that has a yellow caution mark.
  9. Perform a Right-click on its drivers and then choose the Update driver option.
  10. Obey the instructions available on your screen.
  11. Reboot the device to see the effects. 

Method 5: Execute Blue Screen Troubleshooter

  1. Hit the Windows + I keys together on your keyboard to head to Settings.
  2. Now, you would see the Settings window on your screen.
  3. Make your way to the Update & Security tile.
  4. Head to Troubleshoot option via your left panel.
  5. Then, go to Blue screen using the options in the bottom area of the window.
  6. At last, make your way to run the Troubleshooter to open the blue-screen troubleshooter wizard.
  7. Follow the onscreen instruction to fix the issue known as BUGCODE_NDIS_DRIVER. 

Method 6: Running Windows update 

  1. Press the Start + I keys at the same on your keyboard to bring Settings. 
  2. Then navigate to Update & Security tile.  
  3. Head to the Check for updates option. 
  4. The process of the scanning available will begin. 
  5. Follow the onscreen updates to complete the Windows Update process. 
  6. The pc should be restart once after the process completes to see effects.  
  7. Now the BUGCODE_NDIS_DRIVER error is most likely to be resolved. 

Ava Williams is an avid technical blogger, a magazine contributor, a publisher of guides at, and a professional cyber security analyst. Through her writing, she aims to educate people about the dangers and threats lurking in the digital world.


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