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Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, Today when I turned my computer on it crashed while Windows was still loading. I saw this error: BUGCODE_NDIS_DRIVER BSOD. I am using a Windows 8 computer, Please Help me fix this, Thank You.” - Thomas D., Canada

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer: Thanks for asking Tom. The bugcode_ndis_driver bsod error appears when Windows starts. It is usually caused by faulty drivers updates. It is also caused by a newly installed driver being too dated or broken. This error usually happens a lot with network drivers. The computer crashes to prevent data loss and damage.


This blue screen error is known as the BUGCODE_NDIS_DRIVER error. Its also called the STOP 0x0000007C error.

BUGCODE NDIS DRIVER - Cover -- Windows Wally


This error is mostly caused by faulty network drivers. The device driver might be outdated or corrupt. Sometimes installing a new network hardware that is incompatible with the computer can cause this problem.


Here is how to fix the bugcode_ndis_driver bsod error:

Disable The Faulty Driver From The Device Manager

If the error started appearing after you installed a certain device driver then you can uninstall that driver from the device manager. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Press Windows Key + X > click Device Manager
    BUGCODE NDIS DRIVER -  Windows Key + X -  Device Manager -- Windows Wally
  2. In the device manager window, click the arrow next to a device category to expand it.
    BUGCODE NDIS DRIVER - Device Manager - Display Adapters -- Windows Wally
  3. Now, you can also roll back the driver by Right-Clicking the driver and clicking Properties
    BUGCODE NDIS DRIVER - Windows 8 Device Manager - Right-click - Properties - Windows Wally
  4. Go to the Driver tab and click Roll Back Driver.
  5. If that does not work then you can Right-click the driver that you want to Disable and click Disable
    BUGCODE NDIS DRIVER - Windows 8 Device Manager - Right-click - Disable - Windows Wally

If this stops the crashes then you will need to install the new driver from the manufacturer’s website so that you can use that device. A new driver update might have resolved this issue. Look for the update manually or install DriverDoc to look for a new update. It will notify you when a new update is available and help you update other device drivers as well.

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Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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Windows Wally is a helpful guy. It’s just in his nature. It’s why he started a blog in the first place. He heard over and over how hard it was to find simple, plain-English solutions to Windows troubleshooting problems on the Internet. Enter: Windows Wally. Ask away, and he will answer.