How to Fix Windows 10 Orange Screen of Death

When your Windows having functionality issues, it may display an orange screen of death, “Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart…” It’s not common as compare to the blue screen of death or black screen of death but it occurs. If you are one of them who suffer this kind of issue then you are in the right place. This issue appears commonly by hardware failure, might be display or GPU. If you face this issue then your troubleshooting methods are right below.

Some users describe this error:

I just encountered a problem with my computer running on Windows 10. While starting an online game of Battlefield 4, the computer abruptly (of course it is abruptly when you get a Windows Screen of Death) showed an Orange screen of death, which to me felt unusual, since I am used to seeing a blue screen of death.


My desktop computer suddenly will not get past the orange startup screen. I was able to use remote desktop to access the system and everything was working normally. I tried restoring, which did not help. I then reset the computer (re-loaded Windows) which ended in the same result except now I can no longer use Remote Desktop to access the system at all. But I’ve got all the white dots I’ll ever need.

Whenever I try to update and restart, the orange screen says it is updating. Several hours later the orange screen says it is undoing the updates because they can’t be installed. Is it a driver problem or what??? Very frustrating situation.

Steps to fix Windows 10 orange screen of death

Try the given methods below one after other and hope this will solve the problem.

Restart your computer

First thing you should try is to restart your computer by the press and holding the power button while the orange screen appears. Press the button until your computer restart. Now check the problem is resolved or not.

Unplug all the external unimportant hardware devices

If you have plugged-in external hardware’s like, printer, mouse, headphone, webcams, extra monitors, external hardware’s, etc and check if the problem is fixed or not.

Remove Extra Display Apps or recently installed apps

If you have installed apps like Duet Display, soft SD, these apps can cause the system crash problem, which will show the orange screen of death.

Reset/Remove overclocking settings

If you set your Windows settings to overclock for better performance or you are just the gaming lover. Reset the overclocking setting to the default and remove all the tools which help to overclock CPU/GPU.

Update graphic card drivers

Sometimes you need to update the drivers of your graphics card which are now not compatible with Windows after updating or installing any other app which is not compatible with the current version of your system drivers. To automatically update and compatible your Windows drivers follow the instruction below

Install the latest and compatible driver using Device manager

  1. To install the latest drivers using the device manager you need to open Device Manager by right clicking on “This PC” and click on Device manager from the left menu.
    Tip: You can also open Device Manager by right clicking on Windows 10 start menu logo at bottom left corner and select Device Manager from the given list.
    There is another way to open Device manager. Just presses the Windows button from your keyboard and without doing anything just type device manager, and then hit enter to open it.
  2. In the Device manager, right click on any device which you want to install the latest driver and select update driver.
  3. Now click on Search automatically for updated driver software. It will automatically start searching for the lasted driver from the internet if new driver found you don’t have to do anything it will be automatically downloaded and install.

This way you have to update your devices drivers one by one. If you don’t want to install manually one by one then follow the next below steps to download and install all the drivers and necessary updates to your computer.

Install drivers using Windows Update

To install the latest drivers you can also use Windows update feature which is very handy for those who don’t know which driver they need to download.

  1. Open All Settings from the right bottom corner.
  2. Click on Update and Security.
  3. In Windows update tab, click on Check for updates button.

That’s it, Windows will first analyze your computer and then search and download all the updates including drivers updates, Windows updates, security patches, etc. this will takes the time you don’t have to worry about anything.

Enter Into Safe Mode (unable to boot due to the orange screen of death)

If you stuck at the boot screen and see the orange screen of death, then you have to enter into safe mode and perform the above steps to resolve the orange screen of death error. If you don’t boot your computer then Enter into Windows 10 Safe Mode by following this guide.

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