Repair Vista Stop: 0x0000000A or Stop: 0x000000D1 Errors

The following stop error may occur when you try to install the Windows Vista operating system on your computer:

STOP 0x0000000A IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

STOP 0x000000D1 DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

Error Appears When Upgrading to Windows Vista

If the Stop: 0x0000000A or Stop: 0x000000D1 error message appears when you are trying to upgrade your operating system to Windows Vista, perform the following steps:

  1. Restart the system and roll back the Windows Vista installation to your previous installation.
  2. Check the system for known issues using the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor.
  3. Remove all external hardware devices connected to the system, especially the devices that are not supported by Windows Vista or any recently installed hardware device.

Error Appears During First Phase of Upgrade Process

In case the two error messages appear during the first phase of the Windows Vista upgrade installation process, perform the following additional steps:

  1. On the previous operating system, use reliable and updated antivirus tools such as STOPzilla Antivirus and Spyware Cease to perform a thorough scan of the system and remove any virus or spyware infections from it.
  2. After the scan is complete, uninstall these programs. To ensure complete removal of antivirus and antispyware programs, you may use a reliable third-party program uninstaller, such as Perfect Uninstaller to perform the uninstallation.
  3. Check with your computer or motherboard manufacturer about any BIOS updates available-if there are updates available, then install these updates.
  4. After you are done, attempt to upgrade to Windows Vista again.

Note: If the problem remains, you may have to perform a clean install of Windows Vista

Error Appears After the Computer Has Restarted During the Upgrade Process

If the Stop: 0x0000000A or Stop: 0x000000D1 error message appears after the computer has restarted once during Windows Vista setup, it might indicate problems with some of the drivers from the previous operating system that where migrated to Windows Vista.

If you upgraded from Windows XP, perform the following steps to resolve the error:

  1. Open Command Prompt.
  2. At command prompt, type the following commands and press Enter after each to run them:
  3. cd \windows\inf
    ren oem*.inf oem*.old
    exit

    Note: These commands enable you to rename the oem driver files.

  4. Remove all external hardware devices connected to the system, especially the devices that are not supported by Windows Vista or any recently installed hardware device.
  5. After you are done, attempt to upgrade to Windows Vista again.

If you are upgrading to a different Windows Vista version, perform the following steps:

  1. Open Start menu, select Run, type Msinfo32, and then click the OK button.
  2. In the System Information window, expand Software Environment, and then select Signed Drivers.
  3. Select INF Name and write down the names of each device that has INF Name starting with “oem.” The drivers used by these oem devices are not included in Windows Vista.
  4. Open Start menu, select Run, type Devmgmt.msc, and then click the OK button.
  5. Provide confirmation or administrative password, if prompted.
  6. In the Device Manager window that opens, on the View menu, select the Show Hidden Devices command.
  7. Next, uninstall the drivers of the all oem devices you noted earlier, right-click the device, select Uninstall, select the Delete the driver software for this device check box, and then click the OK button.
  8. Note: Remember that you need to uninstall the device and not disable it. If you disable the device, its driver will still be migrated during Windows Vista upgrade and the errors may appear again.

  9. After you are done, attempt to upgrade to Windows Vista again.

Errors Appear During Windows Vista Clean Install.

If the Stop: 0x0000000A or Stop: 0x000000D1 error during Windows Vista clean install, perform the following tasks to detect and resolve problems:

  1. Remove all external hardware devices connected to the system, especially the devices that are not supported by Windows Vista or any recently installed hardware device.
  2. Check with your computer or motherboard manufacturer about any BIOS updates available-if there are updates available, then install these updates. Also, ensure that the hardware of your computer has no compatibility issues with Windows Vista.
  3. Ensure that the memory of your computer is not malfunctioning. You can do this by using a good memory test tool.