What is DRIVER_PAGE_FAULT_IN_FREED_SPECIAL_POOL error

DRIVER_PAGE_FAULT_IN_FREED_SPECIAL_POOL is a BSOD error that may appear anytime while using a PC. some users reported it crashed the system when simply browsing the internet using Chrome. Others faced it when playing a video game or running any other resource-demanding process. Reasons that trigger this error are usually related to problems with drivers and memory. Usually, many of such issues can be solved on a software level without replacing hardware or something. Is also distinguished by various codes like 0x000000D5, 0xb10BBD9E, 0x0D82DA24, 0Xfecd479D, 0x779827CB. Use our guidelines below to solve the issue and prevent your PC from crashing again.

DRIVER_PAGE_FAULT_IN_FREED_SPECIAL_POOL error

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1. Disable Hardware Acceleration in Chrome

Since many users face the error while working in Google Chrome, the first method focuses on tweaking the Hardware Acceleration mode. This feature uses extra hardware capacity to deliver better and smoother application performance. In some cases, having this parameter enabled may lead to conflict and errors afterward. Thus, try to disable it and see if it resolves the problem.

  1. Open Chrome and click on three-dot icon in the top right corner.
  2. Then, choose Settings and choose Advanced on the left pane.
  3. Go to System and turn off the option called Use hardware acceleration when available.

These are the steps for the latest Google Chrome version. If you do not find the same localization of steps, simply use search while in Settings to find Hardware Acceleration and toggle it off.

2. Check integrity of system files

Corrupted or missing system elements can be the reason why BSOD errors occur. Windows offers great utilities already built into the system to scan for any gaps in file integrities. SFC (System File Checker) and DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) are both effectively used to check if such an issue exists. Both scans will be able to detect and restore absent components if any. Make sure to use both of them as they can have different influences on the error solution. This is how:

Using SFC

  1. Open Command Prompt by typing cmd into the searching box next to the Start Menu button.
  2. Right-click on Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator.
  3. Once the console is opened, type the sfc /scannow command and click Enter.
  4. When the fixing process is done, restart your computer.

Using DISM

  1. Open Command Prompt as we did in the previous step.
  2. Copy and paste this command DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth.
  3. Click Enter and wait until Windows ends the scanning and fixing.
  4. Once done, restart your PC and install the update again.

You will be able to see if something was missing and got restored eventually at the end of the scans. If something was absent indeed, there is a chance the BSOD error will no longer appear. If this does not help, move on to further solutions below.

3. Update or roll back drivers

Obsolete or corrupted drivers can be another reason to trigger the DRIVER_PAGE_FAULT_IN_FREED_SPECIAL_POOL error. Ideally, you should check each driver for available updates since any of them may lead to malfunction. Usually, the most common drivers being the culprit are related to displaying adapters. It is also possible that you installed a new driver that is bugged and leads to hardware problems. Instructions on both how to manually update and roll back drivers are discussed below:

To update drivers manually:

  1. Right-click on the Start Menu button and select Device Manager.
  2. In the opened tab right-click on all drivers, choose Update Driver, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Windows will start searching for available updates and automatically install them on your computer.
  4. Sometimes there are malfunctioned drivers (marked with a yellow triangle), which means you should update them in the first order.

To roll back drivers:

If you know which driver has been updated recently, you can find and roll it back to the previous version.

  1. Navigate to Device Manager as we did above.
  2. Locate and right-click on a previously updated driver.
  3. Choose Roll Back Driver and follow instructions.
  4. Once finished, reboot your PC and see if the problem dissipates.

Updating each driver manually is time- and energy-consuming. If you are willing to save it and update drivers faster, we recommend using a special utility called Driver Booster from IObit. It has broad databases of drivers for all of the devices you need to maintain your PC. You can download it using the button below.

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  1. Left-click on the Start Menu button and choose Device Manager.
  2. Ideally, you should update all devices available. If there is something marked with a yellow rectangle, this means you should update in the first order.
  3. To do it, right-click on the driver, choose Update, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. Let Windows search for new drivers and download them eventually.

4. Delete recently installed programs

If you suspect the issue started its presence after installing some third-party software, try to delete or turn it off. It can be an app or antivirus that works in the background causing some incompatibility issues. To delete an application in Windows 10, follow these simple steps:

  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Programs and Features.
  3. Find the name of a program you installed recently, right-click on it and press the Uninstall button.
  4. Confirm follow-up windows if any of them appear and check if the DRIVER_PAGE_FAULT_IN_FREED_SPECIAL_POOL error appears again at the end of removal.

5. Run Windows Memory Diagnostics

Damaged RAM may also outflow in the Blue Screen of Death you are now dealing with. Thus, it is advised to check Random Access Memory (RAM) for errors by running the in-built Memory Diagnostics utility.

  1. Type Windows Memory Diagnostic into the search bar next to Start Menu.
  2. After opening, you will see a new tab that presents two options. Choose the Recommended one.
  3. Windows will scan your RAM for errors and instantly restore them.

Then, restart your system and check if the problem continues to bother your PC experience. We hope it no longer does.

6. Reset Driver Verifier

Driver Verifier is a Windows utility designed to keep track of Windows kernel-mode drivers and graphics drivers allowing to detect potentially dangerous actions that endanger the integrity of a system. This Windows element t helps Windows prevent damage to files and the entire system. In general, it is pointless to use unless you are a tester or software developer. When enabled, it sometimes gets evil and causes your system to crash. This is where resetting its settings will disable its operation and help you get rid of the BSOD error. Learn how down below:

  1. Right-click on Start Menu and choose Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  2. Copy-paste verifier into the console and press Enter.
  3. Once the application window is opened, select Delete Existing Settings and click Finish at the end.

This is basically it. Now you have your Driver Verifier back in its normal settings that should not cause random errors. If DRIVER_PAGE_FAULT_IN_FREED_SPECIAL_POOL has not gone anywhere, then Driver Verifier was not a culprit at all. Read the rest of the methods left down below.

7. Update SSD firmware

DRIVER_PAGE_FAULT_IN_FREED_SPECIAL_POOL could appear if your system is installed and works on an SSD drive. Some error victims managed to benefit from updating SSD firmware and fix the issue eventually. We recommend you give it a try after performing the easier and safer methods we mentioned above. Installing new SSD firmware is more advanced and requires extra attention while undergoing the process. It may damage your drive in case something goes against the planned outcome. This is why it is always a good idea to backup your data before updating firmware. Note that updating may vary depending on the manufacturer of SSD. You should search for information on how to update your SSD firmware across internet resources to find the right guide for you.

Summary

Unfortunately, some errors may get extremely evil and refuse to relent until users reinstall or restore their system. If you are yet to finish dealing with the DRIVER_PAGE_FAULT_IN_FREED_SPECIAL_POOL error, try these radical steps we just said. This will set up your system from scratch eliminating issues that could be present before.

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