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If you are bothered by the stop code attempted switch from DPC in Windows 10, you are not alone and many users have reported this switch blue screen. It is possible to fix the issue if you follow these methods offered by MiniTool Solution in this post.

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Attempted Switch from DPC Windows 10

Blue screen of death (BSoD) errors from time to time occur on your Windows 10 computer. In our website, we have discussed many errors including Faulty Hardware Corrupted Page, the stop error 0x0000007B, System Service Exception, Atikmdag.sys BSoD error, Kmode Exception Not Handled, etc.

Today, we will show you another BSoD error – attempted switch from DPC Windows 10 crash. It usually happens during the boot-up phase of your Windows operating system. On the computer screen, you can see the error message “Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart…Stop code: ATTEMPTED_SWITCH_FROM_DPC”.

attempted switch from DPC stop code Windows 10

In addition, this blue screen of death error also happens in Windows 8 and 7. And it is also known as STOP 0x100000B8.

The error is triggered by a DPC (short for delayed procedure call) routine that attempted to perform an illegal operation. When a hung condition is detected by the kernel, the DPC gets triggered and makes a call to interrupt or terminate the software. This means the DPC routine executes a yield, attach process or a wait operation.

The causes behind the attempted switch from DPC error include faulty memory, virus or malware attack, incompatible software, a damaged device driver, a hardware driver conflicting with another, etc.

As annoying as it seems, it’s possible to fix the issue. Here are some methods that you can try to fix the stop code blue screen error.

Attempted Switch from DPC Windows 10 Fix

Sometimes the switch blue screen can be resolved after you reboot your computer but it also appears from now and then. In this case, you can perform the following ways to fix it. If the PC fails to boot, Safe Mode or WinRE is required and we will show you much information later.

Fix 1: Scan the Computer Memory to Check for Problems

One possible reason for Windows 10 ATTEMPTED_SWITCH_FROM_DPC is damaged computer memory or RAM. To make sure that you find out the exact cause, you can run a memory check as described below.

Tip: In our previous post - How to Tell If RAM Is Bad? 8 Bad RAM Symptoms Are for You, we mentioned one sign of bad RAM is the blue screen of death.

Step 1: In Windows 10, go to Control Panel, click Administrative Tools and choose Windows Memory Diagnostic. Alternatively, you can type memory diagnostic to the search bar and click this tool to open.

Step 2: Two options are offered and here we choose the first one - Restart now and check for problems (recommended). Note that you have saved all your work before you do.

Step 3: Your computer will restart and you can see the memory diagnostic tool is performing the check operation.

Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool

The whole process will take some time. Once it is completed, Windows will automatically reboot and return to the desktop. The results will show up after logging on to Windows.

Also, you can check the results manually by following these steps:

Step 1: Press Win + R on your keyboard, type eventvwr.msc to the text box of the Run window and click OK.

Step 2: On the left pane, go to Windows Logs > System and click Find on the right pane.

Step 3: If you see some errors, you have bad RAM and you need to replace it. If nothing is seen here, it means the memory is good and you can try other methods to fix the attempted switch from DPC BSoD issue.

Fix 2: Update Device Drivers

Faulty or incompatible device drivers could trigger the blue screen error. Besides, the error could be caused by a conflict between one or more drivers. To get rid of the stop code ATTEMPTED_SWITCH_FROM_DPC in Windows 10, you should make sure all your devices have the correct drivers and update those old drivers.

To do this work, there are two ways you can try. The first method is using a professional driver update tool like Driver Easy, Driver Booster, etc. to automatically detect the correct drivers, download and install the latest versions on your computer. This way is less time-consuming since you won’t install drivers for your devices one by one.

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Alternatively, you can go to the website of all the hardware devices installed on your computer, download and install the up-to-date drivers. This is fairly time-consuming, thus, it is better to use the first way.

Fix 3: Run a Virus or Malware Scan

Another common reason for attempted switch from DPC Windows 10 is a virus infection or malware attack. If the computer is impacted, there may be some corrupted important Windows system files, leading to the blue screen issue.

In Windows 10, you can open Windows Defender to run a full system scan.

Step 1: Open Settings and choose Update & Security.

Step 2: Go to Windows Defender > Open Windows Defender Security Center.

Step 3: Click Virus & threat protection and Advanced scan.

Step 4: Choose Full scan and click the Scan now button. Alternatively, you can choose Windows Defender Offline scan to remove some malicious software.

Windows Defender Full Scan

Additionally, you can run a piece of third-party antivirus software like Malwarebytes or Avast to run a full scan for your system.

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Fix 4: Perform Registry Scan

Windows Registry is the brain of the computer operating system. If there is something wrong with it, many kinds of issues including the stop code attempted switch from DPC appear in Windows 10.

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It is highly recommended that you should scan and repair your registry every now and then. To do this work, you can use CCleaner to scan the broken registry items and fix them.

Step 1: Download this registry repair tool from the Internet and install it for this work.

Step 2: Go to Registry and check all the items.

Step 3: Click Scan for Issues and click Fix selected issues after finishing the scan.

CCleaner repair registry

Fix 5: Perform a System Restore

If you have created a system restore point, you can use it to restore your system to a previous state to fix Windows 10 ATTEMPTED_SWITCH_FROM_DPC.

Step 1: Go to type create a restore point in the search box.

Step 2: Click System Restore in the System Protection tab.

Step 3: Choose a restore point, confirm the restoration operation and click Finish. Then, Windows starts restoring your system.

system restore Windows 10

Tip: This post - What Is System Restore Point and How to Create It? Look Here shows you much information of the restore point and how to restore the system.

Fix 6: Reset or Reinstall Windows 10

The final solution is to reset or reinstall Windows 10. If the above methods don’t work for you, try this solution.

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Step 1: Go to Settings > Update & Security.

Step 2: Navigate to the Recovery tab and click Get started from Reset this PC.

Step 3: Choose an option for PC resetting. Here, it is better to choose Keep my files if you have saved many important files to the PC.

Windows 10 Reset this PC

Step 4: Finish all the operations by following the instructions on the screen.

Further Tip:

All the steps of all the solutions above are done in this case where your computer can boot to the desktop when the attempted switch from DPC blue screen error occurs.

If the computer fails to boot properly and it is stuck on the blue screen of the stop code ATTEMPTED SWITCH FROM DPC, how can you fix it?

All these solutions are also recommended. But you should perform these fixes (from fix 1 to 4) in Safe Mode. This post - How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode (While Booting) [6 Ways] is helpful for you. Fix 5 and fix 6 requires you to enter WinRE (Windows Recovery Environment).

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Another Solution for Windows 7: Use Last Known Good Configuration

If you are running Windows 7 but also encounter the attempted switch from DPC error or stop code 0x0000007B, here is another fix for you. It is to use Last Known Good Configuration. This way is effective to get your system up and run again.

Note: This feature won’t work for Windows 10 and 8 and it only works for Windows 7 or earlier version of Windows.

This post - How to Boot into Last Known Good Configuration Windows 7 shows you much information. Just follow the mentioned steps to boot to this mode.

Windows 7 Last Known Good Configuration

A Useful Suggestion: Back up Your Computer

After trying these solutions mentioned above, we recommend that you should create a system image for your operating system or back up important files.

This is because some blue screen stop codes including the error in this post may cause data loss. If your files are lost, you can use the backup to directly restore them without using data recovery software to recover lost files after BSoD.

In addition, you can restore your system to a previous state using the created system image backup when Windows 10/8/7 attempted switch from DPC happens on your computer.

So, how can you back up your computer? MiniTool ShadowMaker, a professional PC backup software, is worth a try. It is designed to back up the Windows operating system, files & folders, disks, and partitions. Also, you can use it to sync files to other locations for backup. Disk cloning is also supported.

Now, you can get its Trial Edition (that offers 30-day free trial) from the following button and use it to create a system image or back up files.

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Step 1: Launch MiniTool ShadowMaker, continue using the trial edition and choose a computer to manage. Here, we click the Connect button from This Computer for a local backup.

MiniTool ShadowMaker local or remote backup

Step 2: In the Backup page, you see system partitions have been selected as the backup source by default. You only need to choose a backup destination for the system backup.

choose a backup destination

Tip: If you want to back up files, go to Source > Folders and Files and check items that you want to back up. This post - How to Backup Files on Windows 10 shows you much information.

Step 3: Finally, click Back up Now to perform the backup task.

MiniTool ShadowMaker system backup

Final Words

Now, all the information of the stop code attempted switch from DPC as well as a suggestion is told to you. If you are bothered by the blue screen of death error in Windows 10, try these solutions offered in this post to fix it. Also, back up your PC to restore it quickly when getting ATTEMPTED_SWITCH_FROM_DPC.

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