ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Fix Blue Screen Windows Stop Error - BSOD 0x0000007B

Updated on September 5, 2015

Inaccessible Boot Device or 0x07b Stop Error

The 0x0000007B Blue Screen Error is one of the most common windows stop errors and can have its source in a bad hardware, outdated driver, corrupted registry or a virus. The stop error occurs accompanied, along with the BSOD, with one of the following factors:

  1. Windows restarts and you see the message: A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damages.
  2. Windows restarts and you see the message: INACCESSIBLE BOOT DEVICE Error.
  3. Windows restarts and you see other less common error messages ( like hal.dll error).

As bad and scary as it is curable and fixable...most of the times anyway.

I have put together a check list of steps to perform when you get the 0x0000007B Stop Error and recommendation on what to do to avoid getting BSOD in the future.

Causes of BSOD and 0x07B Error

The 0x0000007B Error, commonly, can be triggered by the following factors:

  1. Outdated or Corrupted Drivers - A device driver was poorly installed or outdated.
  2. System File Corruption - A program or a virus corrupted windows system files.
  3. Hardware malfunctions - New Hardware might not be compatible with existing or it just stopped working from other reasons.
  4. Registry Corruption - A virus or a program overwrote the registry keys or deleted some keys.
  5. Viruses - A virus had deleted, overwritten or changed important files that are need for Windows to function properly.

Solutions to Windows Stop Errors - Part 1

Fixing the Blue Screen of Death 0x07B error can be slightly difficult if you are not an advanced PC user. I hope that the steps i provide will help any level PC user to solve this windows stop error.

STEP 1. Obviously your PC has been restarted. If it turned back on and you did not experience another BSOD, you are a lucky fellow. Do not perform any of the steps below, unless or until you get another blue screen.

STEP 2. Check your hard drive and make sure it is properly installed.

  1. Set the jumper to Master, if you want to use it as primary disk or Slave if you ant to use it as a secondary drive.
  2. Make sure the IDE or SATA cable is properly and securely connected to your hard-drive.
  3. Make sure the power cable is properly connected: the red wire should be on the inside of the cable.
  4. Please use the screws and screw back your hard drive.

STEP 4. You installed new drivers for your hard drive or any other hardware and you get stop 0x07b error and blue screen.

  • Restart PC, while restarting press F8 to go to advanced boot options and choose: Last Known Good Configuration.
  • Boot into windows and perform a system restore. Choose the restore point immediately before the installation of new drivers.
  • If you know what drivers you have installed, go to Device manager and perform a driver rollback.

STEP 5. Update drivers for your entire system. NOTE: If you are an advance PC user you can uninstall old and install new drivers manually. If you are not one, go with professional programs - that do it for you. It is your choice.

The Driver Software that i personally use and recommend is Driver Robot. Read Below In Tips &Tricks my review about it.

Solutions to Windows Stop Errors - Part 2

STEP 6. Perform a full virus scan of your computer. Include the Boots Sector and Master Boot Record in the scan.

If you have a professional anti-virus software, you are lucky again. You won't have to purchase anything. Here is what you do:

  1. Update your security program.
  2. Set up a custom full scan including MBR and boot sectors.

If you do not have a professional anti-virus software, i can recommend 3 antivirus programs that i consider the best: Norton Internet Security, Avira Premium Security and Avast Internet Security


September 2015 Update: Still using Avast. It got better, faster and works very well on Windows 8.1 and 10!

UPDATE: September, the 7th, 2014. I have uninstalled Norton and am using Avast Internet Security. Avast is much faster ans has the sandbox mode (you run your browser completely secured...just read about it on their website.)


STEP 7. Check your hard drive for errors. Sometimes a faulty hard drive can trigger a BSOD.

Use chkdsk to repair hard drive errors. Here is how you do it:

From recovery console:

  1. Boot form your OS CD or DVD. Windows will begin setup process. Press R to get into Recovery Console when you see the OS name Screen Setup.
  2. Press 1 and Enter
  3. Put in the admin password if existing or leave blank if none and Enter
  4. Now type the following: chkdsk c: /r
  5. The above command will repair disk C, where your windows is installed.

From Windows:

  1. You can open cmd.exe and type the chkdsk c: /r command.
  2. You can open my computer > Right click Disk C > Properties > Tools > Error Checking

STEP 8. Repair you Windows Installation.

Sometimes the 0x07B stop error or BSOD can be simply fixed by performing an easy windows start-up repair. Here is how you do it:

If you have XP:

  1. Boot form CD.
  2. Press Enter at Setup Windows Screen, when asked.
  3. Press R to repair Windows Installation.
  4. Go through Normal Installation Procedures until you are done.
  5. Install latest updates for Windows and other devices (update devices with - see the link below)

Note: This procedure will not delete any user data and files. It only copies original windows files over the bad or existing ones.

If you have Windows 7:

  1. Boot form DVD
  2. Click: Repair your Computer (DO NOT CLICK INSTALL NOW)
  3. Choose windows 7 installation.
  4. Choose Startup Repair
  5. Click Finish

Note: Sometimes you have to perform the above step twice or at most three times. Take the time and do it. If it does not work try using the System Restore, it is just below Startup Repair.

Some basics steps

Basic common sense rules:

  1. Make sure you hard drive has enough free space. Minimum 5% of the total space is recommended.
  2. Apply latest service pack for your Windows.
  3. Check all the cables or loose hardware.


Nothing Works? Clean Windows Installation Will

Just in case you can not get rid of the blue screen of death and/or 0x0000007B stop error after trying the steps above, i do not see other option other than reinstalling windows form scratch.

Painful but necessary.

Read below what to do to avoid getting BSOD and other stop errors in the future!

How to avoid BSOD and other stop errors | Tips & Tricks

Now after you have fixed the cause of your BSOD or stop error, you probably pray and hope it won't happen again. Performing some simple steps will keep you from getting the dreaded blue screen again. Here they are:

  1. Always update your drivers. You can manually update and search regularly for new updates. ALWAYS keep your computer UPDATED!
  2. Always and regularly scan your entire system with a reliable anti-virus program. I can recommend Norton Internet Security, Avast Internet Security.
  3. Do not download or open web pages or emails that look suspicious. Actually the above mentions programs have features where they tell you if a website is safe to browse.

Video Tutorial on How to Fix Windows BSOD


Have you ever experienced a BSOD on your PC?

See results


Submit a Comment
  • profile image


    4 years ago

    Thanks for laying it all out. Most of the time this error is when you are installing Windows and don't have the correct storage controller drivers. But thanks for the article. I made this video based on my own experiences managing an image for about 10,000 computers in enterprise environment.. Take from it what you will.

  • edwards101 profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from Panama City, FL



    I had exactly the same issue with Win 8 that needed to be installed onto Linux Drive.

    The issue was in my BIOS settings.

    However i'd suggest you burn a Windows 7 on a DVD and then delete all partitions from the Hard Drive. Format and make new partitions. It might throw a few errors at you but you simply repeat the process...i.e RESTART and try to install again!



    I'm glad to help! :)

  • profile image

    Larry Binion 

    4 years ago from Arlington, Texas

    This is the best essay on BSOD I've seen. I finally took my laptop in to Fry's. 'They siad it "has to be a software issue." They said they couldn't get it to do it. It happened five times in one night. Drove me crazy. I got on the Internet and did everything the articles said to do. Whatever I did, I must have fixed it. It still happens, but not very often now.

    Next time, I'll follow your advice. Thanks!

  • profile image


    5 years ago

    i have hp pavilion laptop which comes with pre installed Ubuntu. i wanted to install win 7 on it so, i putted win 7 dvd in dvd room and at selection of drive i deleted all my partations and made new then i clicked next. it copied files and on files installation it stoppe and gave error 0x80070017. then i putted wind xp cd in dvd/cd room and before installation screen turned blue and gave error 0x0000007b and i cant install any window and i can even turn on ubuntu (BOOTMGR missing when trying to turn on laptop)..

    please help me.


  • edwards101 profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Panama City, FL


    That seems to be a hardware failure. Go to BIOS and change the SATA drive to IDE (AHCI or RAID) .

    If you got SATA drive and XP...this is the most probable reason for the BSOD.

  • chackie profile image


    5 years ago

    hello edward!

    i just want to ask my OS is windows XP and when i boot my bootable windows xp in my flash drive, when it's going to open the windows installation the 0x0000007B Blue Screen Error appeared. I already did the scanning of antivirus with the used of avira. Is there any possible solution on how i can get rid this blue screen error.

    i look forward to your concern.

    thank you very much.

  • edwards101 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Panama City, FL


    Maybe your Windows Installation Disk is corrupt. Have you tried another Windows Disk and got the same error?

    Or maybe you are missing 3rd party drivers. Many reasons, you have to be more specific!

  • profile image


    7 years ago

    thanks . i want know why am not able to put os in my pc . it got stuck in same place. is it blue screen death.

  • howtoguides2learn profile image

    Vidhya L 

    7 years ago from Chennai, India

    Thanks for the detailed explanation!

  • edwards101 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Panama City, FL

    Note to Hubpage Administrators: Guys you really make it difficult for people to use Hubpages!

  • edwards101 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Panama City, FL

    Thank you for reading my hub. Please tell me if you would like me to continue writing hubs on Windows/PC errors!

    And what specific errors and issues you are or have experienced on your PC or laptop!

    I appreciate it!


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)