As the title suggests, I cannot update Windows any more. It updated and ran falwlessly for 2 years before that.
When any Windows updates are installed (either a feature update or a cumulative update, or a .NET update - basically anything), I restart the PC and pretty much immediately get the BSoD "PAGE FAULT IN NON-PAGED AREA". It restarts and runs into the same error a couple more times, then finally Windows Repair kicks in, undoes the updates and Windows runs again without any issues (and without any updates applied).
I've been fighting this issue for a couple months now, Googling fixes whenever I get the time. This is what I've tried so far:
Ran chkdsk /f /r - no issues
Ran sfc /scannow - Did not find any integrity violations
Checked the NVMe with Kingston SSD Manager - no issues, all green
Completely disabled paging file
Stopped all Windows Update services, renamed the folder with the updates files (SoftwareDistribution), restarted the services and redownloaded all updates
Checked for outdated drivers warnings
Checked for driver updates: Intel Driver & Support Assistant says "No supported driver or software updates are available for your system.", latest NVIDIA drivers installed, ASRock APP store shows no new drivers available (only new BIOS version, which enables Windows 11 compatibility).
Tried manually downloading and installing different single updates (e.g. a comulative update, or a .NET update, or a Windows Defender update)
Tried manually installing a new Windows version (22H2) through the official Media Creation tool
Ran Windows Update Troubleshooter - it couldn't find a problem
Ran Windows memory diagnostic (restarts and checks RAM) - no issues
Physically opened the PC case and inspected the RAM
Checked that RAM is properly detected by Windows, full capacity, dual channel and all. Windows runs extremely well otherwise, no issues, no other blue screens, no errors - nothing - so I don't have any reason to suspect there is an issue with the RAM itself
And after trying EVERY one of those suggested solution the result is the same as described above - "PAGE FAULT IN NON-PAGED AREA" BSoD, then it removes the updates and Windows runs again.
Obviously, I don't want to reinstall Windows. I just have so much software and settings for that software, that it will take me days to reconfigure everything.
Here's some info about my PC and Windows:
- Edition: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
- Version: 21H2
- OS build: 19044.2486
- Experience: Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.4190.0
- CPU: i5-9400F
- RAM: 16GB Kingston HyperX FURY DDR4
- Motherboard: ASRock B365M Pro4
- SSD: 450GB Kingston NVMe with 100GB free space
So, any suggestions and solutions other than what I've already tried are welcome! Please, help!