Fix fltmgr.sys Blue Screen error on Windows 10 / 11 [2023]

Fix fltmgr.sys Blue Screen error on Windows 10 11

Staring at a “fltmgr.sys failed” blue screen error on your Windows 10 can be frustrating.

We know the feeling; we’ve encountered the same error numerous times owing to some hardware drivers or system corruption.

What is Fltmgr.sys?

FltMgr.sys, short for Filter Manager, is a crucial file that helps your Windows operating system manage hard drives and files.

This essential component of Microsoft Windows OS plays an important role in ensuring smooth operations when it comes to reading from and writing on the NTFS volume.

It’s generally stored in the system directory C:\Windows\System32\drivers.

Steps to fix:

1. Get the latest updates

Getting the latest Operating System (OS) updates using Windows Update might be all you need to resolve the persistent “fltmgr.sys” blue screen error.

Thanks to its constant security patches and system improvements, Windows 10 stays ahead of many known bugs and problems that can lead to BSODs.

To start the update process, navigate to your settings menu, select ‘Update & Security’, then click Windows Update’. From here, it’s as simple as hitting ‘Check for updates’ and allowing any available OS updates to install.

Ensure you have a steady internet connection during this process. 

2. Boot Into Safe Mode

Here are the necessary steps to do this:

  1. Click on the Start button and select Settings.
  2. Navigate to Update & Security.
  3. Select Recovery from the left pane.
  4. Under Advanced Startup, click Restart Now.
  5. Once your system restarts, choose Troubleshoot.
  6. Pick Advanced Options then Startup Settings.
  7. Finally, hit Restart, and once your system restarts again, press F4 or F5 to enter Safe Mode.

Once in safe mode, use Event Viewer to quickly diagnose the blue screen of death.

3. Update Drivers

Outdated or incompatible drivers can cause system conflicts and lead to crashes.

To update your drivers, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Device Manager by pressing the Windows key + X and selecting “Device Manager” from the menu.
  2. In the Device Manager window, expand the categories and locate any devices with a yellow triangle icon indicating a driver issue.
  3. Right-click on the device and select “Update driver.”
  4. Choose either “Search automatically for updated driver software” or “Browse my computer for driver software,” depending on how you want to update your drivers.
  5. If you choose to search automatically, Windows will scan your computer and the internet for the latest drivers. If there are any available updates, they will be installed automatically.
  6. If you choose to browse manually, you’ll need to download the latest drivers from the manufacturer’s website and select them during the installation process.
  7. Repeat these steps for all devices with outdated or incompatible drivers.

4. Scan Your Drive for Errors

This step will help detect and fix any issues that may be causing the blue screen error.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Open File Explorer by pressing the Windows key + E on your keyboard.
  • Right-click on the drive where your operating system is installed (usually the C: drive) and select Properties from the context menu.
  • In the Properties window, go to the Tools tab.
  • Under the Error checking section, click on Check now.
  • You might need administrator privileges to continue, so if prompted, click Continue or enter your admin password.
  • In the next window, make sure both options are checked: “Automatically fix file system errors” and “Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.”
  • Click Start to begin scanning your drive for errors.

5. Run SFC (system file checker)and CHKDSK Commands

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Open the Command Prompt as an administrator. You can do this by pressing the Windows key + X and selecting “Command Prompt (Admin)” from the menu.
  2. In the Command Prompt window, type “sfc /scannow” (without quotes) and press Enter. This will initiate a scan of your system files for any corruption.
  3. Wait for the scan to complete. The process may take some time, so be patient.
  4. Once the scan finishes, check if any issues were found and fixed. If there were no problems detected or if they were resolved successfully, proceed to step 5. However, if there were issues that could not be fixed by SFC alone, you may need to move on to running the CHKDSK command.
  5. In the same Command Prompt window, type “chkdsk /f /r” (without quotes) and press Enter. This will schedule a disk check on your next system restart.
  6. Restart your computer to allow CHKDSK to run before Windows loads fully.
  7. During startup, CHKDSK will automatically scan your disk for errors and attempt to fix them.
  8. Once CHKDSK completes its process, see if it resolves the blue screen error related to fltmgr.sys.

6. Run the Windows Blue Screen Troubleshooter

 Follow these steps to run the Blue Screen Troubleshooter and hopefully resolve the issue:

  • Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
  • Click on “Update & Security”.
  • Select “Troubleshoot” from the left-hand menu.
  • Scroll down and click on “Blue Screen”.
  • Click on the “Run the troubleshooter” button.

7. Clean Junk Files in Windows Registry

The Windows registry is a database that contains important settings and configurations for your operating system.

 To clean up junk files in the Windows registry, follow these steps:

  • Access the Registry Editor by pressing the Windows key + R, then type “regedit” and hit Enter.
  • Before making any changes to the registry, it’s crucial to create a backup. Click on “File” in the top left corner of the Registry Editor window and select “Export.” Choose a location to save the backup file and give it a name.
  1. Locate the following paths in the left pane of Registry Editor:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software
  1. Navigate through these paths and identify any unnecessary or outdated software entries that are no longer in use. Right-click on each entry and choose “Delete” to remove them.
  2. In addition to software entries, you should also check for obsolete or invalid startup items. Look for paths like:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  1. Review each entry under these paths and determine if they are still necessary. If not, right-click on them and select “Delete.”
  2. Be cautious when deleting registry entries as removing critical ones can cause system instability or other issues. Only delete entries related to software you recognize as unnecessary or outdated.
  3. After cleaning up all unwanted entries from both locations mentioned above, close Registry Editor.

8. Run a malware/virus scan

This step helps to identify and remove any malicious software that may be causing the blue screen issue.

Here are the steps to perform a full malware scan:

  1. Open your preferred antivirus software or Windows Security.
  2. Go to the “Scan” or “Antivirus” section of the program.
  3. Choose the option for a “Full Scan” or “Complete Scan.”
  4. Click on the “Scan” button to start the process.
  5. Allow the antivirus software to thoroughly scan your entire system, including files, folders, and applications.
  6. Depending on the size of your hard drive and number of files, this scan may take some time. Be patient and let it complete.
  7. Once the scan is finished, review the results for any detected malware, viruses, or potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).
  8. If any threats are found, follow the recommended actions provided by your antivirus software to quarantine or remove them.
  9. After removing any threats, restart your computer to ensure that all changes take effect.

9. System Restore

System Restore allows you to revert your computer’s settings to a previous point in time when it was functioning properly. 

Here is how you can use System Restore to troubleshoot the error:

  1. Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “rstrui” and press Enter to launch the System Restore utility.
  3. In the System Restore window, click on “Next” to proceed.
  4. You will see a list of available restore points. Select a restore point that predates the occurrence of the fltmgr.sys error.
  5. Click on “Next” and then click on “Finish” to start the restoration process.
  6. Your system will restart and begin restoring your computer to the selected restore point.

10. Disable Superfetch Service

Try disabling the Superfetch service.

Here’s how you can do it:

  • Open the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows Key + R.
  • Type in “services. msc” and hit Enter to open the Services window.
  • Scroll down and locate the “Superfetch” service in the list.
  • Right-click on “Superfetch” and select Properties from the context menu.
  • In the Properties window, go to the General tab.
  • Under Startup type, select Disabled from the drop-down menu.
  • Click on Apply and then OK to save your changes.

11. Clear / Reset Virtual Memory

The page file is a hidden system file that helps your computer manage virtual memory.

Here’s how to clear it:

  1. Open the Start menu and search for “Control Panel.”
  2. Click on “Control Panel” in the search results to open it.
  3. In the Control Panel window, select “System and Security.”
  4. Under System and Security, click on “System.”
  5. In the System window, click on “Advanced system settings” on the left-hand side.
  6. In the System Properties window, go to the Advanced tab.
  7. Under Performance, click on “Settings.”
  • Go to the Advanced tab again.
  • Under Virtual Memory, click on “Change.”
  • Uncheck the box that says “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.”
  • Select your Windows drive (usually C: ) from the list of drives.
  • Check the box next to “No paging file.”
  • Click on “Set.”
  • Click on “OK” to save changes.

12. Remove Any Third-Party Antivirus Software

Antivirus programs can sometimes conflict with the operating system, leading to errors and blue screens.

  • Open the Start menu and go to “Settings.”
  • Click on “Apps” or “Apps & features,” depending on your Windows version.
  • Scroll down to find the third-party antivirus software you have installed.
  • Click on the program’s name and then select “Uninstall” or “Remove.”
  • Follow the prompts to complete the uninstallation process.

13. Analyze Your Dump Files

You can analyze the dump files generated during the system crash.

These dump files contain valuable information that can help identify the root cause of the error. Here are the steps to analyze the dump files:

  1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the following location: C:\Windows\Minidump
  2. Look for any files with a “.dmp” extension in the Minidump folder.
  3. Right-click on a dump file and select “Open With” from the contextual menu.
  4. Choose a text editor like Notepad or Wordpad to open the file.
  5. Examine the contents of the dump file for any error codes or specific drivers mentioned.
  6. Take note of any information that could be relevant to resolving the issue.

14. Reset Windows

If none of the above works, I would recommend resetting Windows 10 / 11

This process will remove all your personal files, applications, and settings, so it’s essential to back up your important data before proceeding.

  1. Open the Start menu and click on Settings.
  2. In the Settings window, select Update & Security.
  3. From the left sidebar, choose Recovery.
  4. Under the Reset this PC section, click on Get Started.
  5. If you choose Keep My Files, Windows will reinstall itself while preserving your files. Follow the on-screen instructions to proceed with the reset.
  6. If you choose to Remove everything, you’ll have an additional option to remove only your files or fully clean the drive as well.
  7. After making your selection, follow the prompts and confirm your decision to begin the reset process.
  8. Windows will restart and initiate the reset procedure. This may take some time depending on your system specifications.
  9. Once the reset is complete, Windows 10 / 11 will be restored to its default settings without any third-party software or user configurations.

FAQs

1. Can I prevent future instances of fltmgr?sys failing?

While it may not be possible to completely prevent fltmgr.sys from failing in the future, there are some steps you can take to minimize the chances. These include regularly updating your drivers and keeping your operating system up-to-date with the latest patches and security fixes.

2. Is it necessary to seek professional help if I encounter a fltmgr.sys failed error?

In most cases, you can troubleshoot and resolve the fltmgr.sys failed error on your own by following the appropriate steps mentioned earlier. However, if you are unable to determine the cause of the issue or if it persists even after trying various solutions, it may be beneficial to seek professional help from an experienced technician who specializes in computer repairs and diagnostics.

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I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...