Your computer unexpectedly flashes this error with a blue screen in the background. The error, typically caused by internal conflicts in your system, is not so easy to resolve. Here are some quick solutions to deal with this issue.
Uninstall Malfunctioning Drivers
A Device Driver, also known as, Hardware Driver, is a piece of software required for smooth communication between your hardware and operating system. A Device Driver, which typically comes with an installation disc with the product, encodes and decodes data in a specific set of Windows environment. The problem arises when you install an incompatible version which starts to malfunction.
1. Press Windows Key + X; choose Device Manager from the list.
2. Click View | Show hidden devices.
3. Expand the top node.
4. Do you see a yellow color exclamation mark to any of your devices? Uninstall such devices. (Right click > Uninstall)
Update Realtek Audio Driver
Realtek Audio Driver which facilitates processing of sound information for your speakers, headphones, and microphones, needs to be updated. Update it using the Settings page as outlined below:
1. Click the Start button on Taskbar.
2. Click Settings.
3. Click System.
4. Click Apps & Features tab.
5. Type Realtek in the App Name text box.
6. Click Realtek Audio Driver and then Uninstall button.
Scan System Files
A System File, typically identified with its .sys extension, is a type of file critical for the smooth functioning of Windows. Though system files are locked and, sometimes hidden, to protect them from unauthorize change, some applications could still be able to overwrite them. It results in Unexpected_Kernel_Mode_Trap_M error.
1. Press Windows Key + X; choose Command Prompt (Admin).
2. Execute below command:
- SFC /ScanNow
Reset your PC
The Reset feature removes everything from your computer, including the programs installed through a disc, downloaded apps, Windows Store apps, personalization settings, and your files. The Reset feature, which still includes an option to retain your documents and personal files, can be used to troubleshoot various critical system problems. Here’s how:
1. Click Start, select Settings.
2. Click Update & Security icon.
3. Click Recovery tab.
4. Click Get Started under the Reset this PC category.
An Antivirus Security protects your computer on multiple levels. At times, your Antivirus has difficulty identifying whether a program is legitimate or not. Temporarily turn off your Antivirus and check whether Unexpected_Kernel_Mode_Trap_M error still occurs.
1. Click the upward More icon at the far right corner of your Taskbar.
2. Right-click your Antivirus icon, select Pause protection.
3. Specify Until next system reboot.
4. Click Pause.