Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


IRQL - Blue screen - endless restart loop

  1. #1


    Posts : 40
    Win 8.1

    IRQL - Blue screen - endless restart loop


    Recovery from an endless restart /automatic restart loop.

    Hi, I foolishly accepted a Wifi driver update from Windows update, and next restart gave me the traditional blue screen IRQL_not_less_than_or_equal.

    So (as usual in my experience) Win 8 went into its automatic repair restart loop, collecting data, restart.. to no avail.

    I thought - ok- safe mode. Oh, no F8 (thought I'd enabled that some time back), no boot menu (that's now added).

    Ok, Win 8 bootable DVD. Hello, no Startup options after Advanced options. Hmm. That was unexpected.

    Ok.. System Restore... yes, 2 restore points (I have a daily scheduled system restore point automatically generated). Oh dear, unexpected prompt about drive needing to be checked. That done, no system restore points.

    Ok, what am I left? Ah, Aomei Backupper diskimage. Yep, just 3 days old. Boot disk, external drive, 30 minutes or so, done. Working again.

    So what's the issue? Well, I don't understand why Safe Mode (Startup options) weren't available when booting from the Win 8 DVD. Any thoughts? Thanks.

    It also seems to me that the restart in the automatic repair sequence is subtly different to restarting from having disconnected power.

    So I've now enabled F8 (it's a 5 year old laptop, so no UEFI etc) and added a boot menu with Safe Mode (thanks Brink). (Oh, I also realised I didn't have my daily ERUNT registry backup on this- great for restoring a registry from a boot disk..when nothing else is available).

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 2,480
    Windows 10 Pro x64


    You said it yourself that you installed a wifi driver prior to your system crashing. That's the likely cause.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Posts : 40
    Win 8.1


    Hi, sorry, should have made it clearer- or given a different title.

    "So what's the issue? Well, I don't understand why Safe Mode (Startup options) weren't available when booting from the Win 8 DVD. Any thoughts? Thanks."
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Posts : 2,480
    Windows 10 Pro x64


    Maybe it's due to the fact that your computer started automatically booting up from the boot disc and therefore it was impossible for you to do such a thing.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Posts : 40
    Win 8.1


    Maybe I was assuming 'Startup options' would be available from the boot disk, as in doing SHIFT RESTART from the charms bar in normal mode which eventually allows you an incredibly circuitous route to Safe Mode. It seems it's not.. but this seems one way to get to Safe mode from a Win 8 boot disk - eventually.

    https://www.cloudtec.ch/blog/tech/st...stall-dvd.html

    So what worries me about Win 8.1 is
    a. I've seen this endless recovery loop several times in different circumstances- it's an attempt to offer a solution which rarely works.
    b. Getting to safe mode is now incredibly convoluted and deters all but the most determined
    c. You need to make more advance preparation for boot problems than with previous editions of Windows
    d. Therefore there's a greater probability that more people will end up reinstalling than fixing a problem.

    I do hope there's some improvement on this in Win 10...
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Posts : 2,480
    Windows 10 Pro x64


    Actually, for fixing boot problems I prefer to use a boot cd like BartPE or something like that.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Posts : 40
    Win 8.1


    It depends on the problem. In this case I wanted to use system restore, but somehow even lost the two restore points (as per my post). I'm not sure how a boot CD would let you uninstall a driver... When I had ERUNT set up to do a daily registry backup, a boot CD was useful to restore a backup.. not ideal, but it worked.

    Another peculiarity I've noted about Win 8 automatic repair is that it can report it was unable to fix the problem, yet when I tried rebooting, problem was fixed.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Posts : 2,480
    Windows 10 Pro x64


    You would be able to boot your PC up with a live disc and manually prevent that particular driver from booting up.
    Yes, I've experienced that quite a few times. It probably does fix something, but not all of the problems it detects and so it reports that it was unable to carry out the repairs.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    Posts : 40
    Win 8.1


    Have you come across this?
    Registry Backup
    I had this set up to run regular backups, but wasn't familiar with restoration from a boot disk using that particular program then.

    - ERUNT is rather out of date- this does what autoexec.bat did if I recall- schedules a backup, allows you to set how many backups.

    The backup created also includes a .cmd file, which allows you to restore the registry backup. However, according to the video, this is only valid using a windows recovery console or similar- a video shows manual copying the registry using a boot CD. That's a considerable backward step from ERUNT. I'll have to see how well this fits with Win 8.

    At the time, I couldn't be certain it was the Wifi Driver that caused the problem, probably having installed 3+ things since a restart (I use hibernate habitually) so some sort of restore seemed preferable to somewhat arbitrarily fiddling with one particular driver.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #10


    Posts : 2,480
    Windows 10 Pro x64


    No, I haven't. If I backup, I mostly use either Norton Ghost or Acronis, AOMEI from time to time. They are all W8(.1) compatible.
    And I agree that that backuper is a step back.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

IRQL - Blue screen - endless restart loop
Related Threads
Hello, I have encountered a troubling problem with my ASUS Windows 8 Laptop. Every time I turn on the laptop, it says "Preparing Automatic Repair", then goes into complete black, then the Blue Error screen shows up for about 1 second, then restarts and the cycle keep repeating itself. I am unable...
Unmountable boot volume blue screen loop. in BSOD Crashes and Debugging
I was playing Dota 2 when blue screen showed. It says Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart after 2 or 3 loop Automatic repair start then it will just show a black screen with a cursor. I need help guys.
Solved IRQL Not Less or Equal Blue Screen in BSOD Crashes and Debugging
Hey everyone, So recently I have been having issues where my laptop will randomly go to a blue screen and the error message "IRQL not Less or Equal..." Sometimes it will not show up until a half and hour, sometimes it starts in 15-20 min. It is just really random and it just restarts my...
Windows Action Center displays this error: Restart to repair drive errors We found errors on a drive. To repair these errors and prevent loss of data, restart your PC now. The repair could take a while to complete. The restart completes (doing very rapid checks), and after a minute or so...
Urgent: Automatic Repair / Blue Screen Loop in Performance & Maintenance
Hi, A day ago, my Windows 8 Toshiba computer started making a really loud whirring sound, so I manually rebooted my computer pressing the button, and turned it on, but it still made the sound...after many tries, I finally got it to turn on without any sound, but a few hours later, it started...
Endless loop while updating to 8.1 in Installation & Setup
Windows 8 (not Pro) New ASUS laptop. Logged into MS account. 8.1 downloads to 51%, starts the install, then quits and goes back to the download. Over and over. I've installed all win updates, un-installed MalwareBytes and SpyBot 2014. Any advice appreciated.
Blue Screen of Death- IRQL and Pagefault in BSOD Crashes and Debugging
Hi there, I built my computer very recently and ran linux on it for the first two weeks of it's life where it had no problems at all. I then recieved my copy of Windows 7 and installed it, this copy however kept on giving me BSODS with the above error codes so I got a copy of Windows 8 and...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook