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How To Fix The Cancel_State_In_Completed_IRP Error

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, My computer crashes with a blue screen erorr with this error on top: CANCEL_STATE_IN_COMPLETED_IRP. Its appearing almost everyday now, please explain in an easy to understand way. Thank You.“- Kenneth T., USA

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: The Cancel_State_in_Completed_IRP error can appear at unexpected times and cause a lot of confusion for the user. Blue screen errors like this are considered difficult to solve. Luckily, if you have the name of this error, you should be able to find plenty of help on how to fix it.


The Cancel_State_in_Completed_IRP or STOP 0×00000048 error appears and the computer restarts.


The Cancel_State_in_Completed_IRP error can appear when a driver has performed an incorrect operation. This can also occur when two drivers try to access IRP at the same time.

Cancel_State_in_Completed_IRP - Cover - Error -- Windows Wally


Here is how to solve the Cancel_State_in_Completed_IRP error:

Try Starting The Computer In Safe Mode

Since this and many other blue screen errors occur due to driver issues, start the computer in safe mode. This is the first thing you should do when diagnosing the problem. Click here to learn more about safe mode.

Try Using System Restore To Fix The Problem

System restore helps you go back in time and reverse changes that caused a problem to occur. System restore can be started from Windows and from a bootable Windows installation DVD/USB. Click here to learn more about system restore.

Install The Latest Drivers To Fix The Problem

Updating obsolete drivers helps fix blue screen errors like this by fixing bugs in the driver. Driver software that needs to be updated to fix this error is the chipsets and video drivers. You can update these drivers by going to the hardware vendor’s website and downloading the latest driver from there.

Make sure to download the correct driver for your version of Windows. Install the drivers one-by-one. Don’t install two at once, and restart when prompted. If you don’t have experience updating device drivers, then use DriverDoc to download and install suitable drivers.

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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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