Possible Solutions: UNEXPECTED STORE EXCEPTION - Windows 10

This error is a fairly new one, only recently surface on Windows 10; it is sometimes very similar to KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR, have very similar symptoms. PCs on Windows 10 haven't been experiencing the KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR but have been experiencing this, especially those that were formerly getting KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR.

Possible Symptoms 

NB: The list of symptoms listed here are not exhaustive and are from experience only
  • Very random occurrence (hard to replicate)
  • Happens mostly when the system has either been on for hours / just recently resumed from hibernation
  • Frequency of occurrence is also random, sometimes frequent and sometimes not.
  • Most times no dump file is created as the system abruptly restarts before even the message can be read.
  • You experience "Critical Process has died" Exception once after a couple of this error
  • If the system is left for long after BSOD, it restarts but doesn't show bios logo, until forcefully shut-down and boot back up.
This and many more are experiences from this error, the problem is sometimes caused by software (especially drivers and bugs) and sometimes hardware. 

Possible Solutions

Possible Fix 1 (Windows Update):

Check for the latest update for windows; you can access this by searching for "updates" in "Start" menu and clicking "Check for updates" under the Settings group. You can also;

  • click on Start or Windows Logo on your taskbar.
  • click on Settings.
  • click on Updates and security.
  • click on Check for updates.
If any update is found, wait for Windows to complete the update and restart. 

It is also possible your system was working perfectly before a recent update screwed it up, if that's the case, update can be uninstalled by searching in "Start" menu for "programs and features" and selecting "Programs and Features" from the result; when the screen shows up, click on "View installed updates" on the left side of the screen, scroll to the suspected culprit, right click and uninstall; use the "Installed on" column to help ease your search.

Possible Fix 2 (System File Checker):

Before resorting to a clean install of Widows (which should always be the last resort IMO), run the system file checker tool (SFC). This can help replace any corrupt windows file, and can be very helpful when the exception is caused by a bad system file. To run this, 
  • click on "Start" or Windows Logo on your taskbar
  • search for CMD.
  • right-click Command Prompt from the menu and "run as administrator".
  • or Press Window + X.
  • click on Command Prompt (Admin).
After command prompt shows up, enter:

        sfc /scannow            

press enter after entering this command, wait for windows to complete it's task.

Possible Fix 3 (Checkdisk)

Another possible fix is to check your hard drive for errors, by running the disk checker utility on all Partitions. This can help remap dead sectors, which by happenstance may be the reason for the  ...STORE... exception is being caused by that.

Run Command Prompt as Administrator
  • click on "Start" or Windows Logo on your taskbar
  • search for CMD.
  • right-click Command Prompt from the menu and "run as administrator".
  • or Press Window + X.
  • click on Command Prompt (Admin).
In the prompt, enter the drive letter for your partition, the enter 
"chkdsk /f /r"
and press "enter".  Sample for Drive C below;

 chkdsk /f /r /x                                                           

The /x tries to unmount the drive, if it can't and asks you for a boot time schedule, enter "y" and restart. Wait for the scan to complete, please don;t interrupt once started.

Possible Fix 4 (Turn off Fast Startup)

A possible fix for this error is also to turn off  "Fast Start-up". Some users on the internet have reported this worked for them, Disable it by:

  • Go to Power Options
    • click on "Start" or Windows Logo on your taskbar
    • search for "Power Options"
    • right-click the battery icon 
    • select Power Options
  • Click on "Choose what the power buttons do" (located on the left side of the window)
  • Click on "Change Settings that are currently unavailable"
  • Disable "Fast Startup" and save changes.
After disabling, restart and hope for the best.

Possible Fix 5 (Drive update):

An Outdated Driver may also be the cause of this dreadful error, visit your manufacturer site and download the latest Windows 10 drivers for your device or simply download "slimdriver" or "drive the life" and search your system for drivers that need updating.

Possible Fix 6 (Antivirus)

Case 1:
You may have harmful viruses on your system interfering with normal windows operations, it is recommended you update your Antivirus  and perform "Boot-time Scan" of your system.
Case 2:
 Your Antivirus may be the original culprit of this error, for now, try uninstalling your Antivirus and use Windows 10's default Anti-virus. Try that for a week and see if the BSOD will pop up again

Possible Fix 7 (Clean install or Refresh)

If after all this, before attempting Step 8, perform a clean install of your O.S, or do a system refresh.

Possible Fix 8 (Hardware Maintenance)

At this point, I'll recommend you confirm if you are still under Warranty, 
if not!!! 
If you believe in your repair skills, I'll recommend you do the following else take it to a repair-man to help do the following:
  • simple RAM connector cleanup
  • Clean or eliminate dust from your PC fan
  • make sure all cables are plugged in tightly

Possible Fix 9 (Watch this Space)

Bless You "My Brother", the Lord is your strength....(I'll definitely update this post as soon as more solutions are discovered)


  1. All of them seem to need to to be able to boot up.... I cant boot up my pc i got the error then black screen.

    1. This guide is to stop the error (Which is mostly recurrent) from happening.

      You need to perform checkdisk /f on your drive.

  2. All of them seem to need to to be able to boot up.... I cant boot up my pc i got the error then black screen.

  3. Hello, can I ask you? I have from time to time this error: UNEXPECTED STORE EXCEPTION. I run System File Checker. Can I send You the log file so You can check for me if is ok? Thank You

    1. sure...You could have sent it during the holiday season though, but its OK, put it in Google Drive then share with me.

  4. Thank you so much for this post. In my case, the solutions was to do a system restore AND to uninstall Kaspersky Antivirus. Running like a charm now. Whew - I was scared there for a day! Great post.

  5. I have an ssd in the M.2 slot of my mobo (for C:\) and 2x 1TB HDDs in Raid 1 for redundant content. After BSOD pops up (randomly, occasionally,) it stalls at 0%. I have to push the reset button, but the BIOS can't see my SSD, only my HDDs. After I make a hard reset (push the power button 3-5s, power it back on) everything's ok. Could it be my SSD? M.2? Ram? Bitdefender Antivirus? (As it happens occasionally, without me even interacting with PC)

    1. Update your Windows 10, most recent update will be really helpful. If it still persists, it could be one of your many HDs or Ram, in the worst-case your Mobo. I will suggest you run chkdsk /f on your HDs (ssd inclusive);

      If the above doesn't help;

      How many RAM sticks do you have installed? Did they both pass MEMTEST?

      I'll suggest you try out each of your sticks singly and also at different ports. Try to single out the defective item.

      But quite frankly, the last Windows 10 update worked magic on one of my stubborn systems.

  6. sfc /scannow and dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth is doesn't working... enter that commend, show error message...

  7. Hello, Win10 downloaded an update last evening that was installed yesterday 041216. So far today 041316, I have have two of the "unexpected_store_exception" errors. I have run SFC and no issues found. I de-fragged the HDD a couple days ago and no issues found. The update was for MS Office 2007 (KB2508958) but also listed are several security updates for each of the suites, one for all suites, a compatibility Pack service Pack 3, Service Pack 3, an update for 2007 MS Office System and a couple others all for MS Office 2007. Do I uninstall all of them or is there one that is the parent that will take them all out? How do I determine which one of them is the issue? Thank you, JML

  8. Nothing works for mine I did everything I have a HP laptop and it started like a year ago and everybody else knows how to fix it but me for some reason

  9. I've installed windows 7 on my laptop after buying license from ODosta Store, I want to activate it to get free upgrade from windows 7 professional to windows 10 home.
    I'm now confused, How to activate and upgrade to windows 10.
    Please mention within details.

  10. I tried #3, yet I got this "Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For
    example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. Note that logging is currently not
    supported in offline servicing scenarios."

  11. I tried to do the chkdsk /f /r /x but it's stuck at 17%. It's been like that for hours already.

    Should I just let it go overnight, I know you said that I shouldn't i interrupt it because the drive is unmounted but... This might take forever.

  12. Thanks. I used #4 before and then the new service pack reset it. So I reread your post and switched it back again...Windows 10 has a habit of undoing settings.

  13. I was getting this error, mine was caused by having 2 versions of MS Office installed - one was a standalone and one was an office 365. MS Access causes issues when there are 2 installations. After uninstalling the standalone version everything is working fine.

  14. If you have Intel Rapid Store Technology program installed, try disabling Link Power Management. My laptop was crashing quite consistently with the unexpected store exception and once disabled in the intel application the problem stopped.

  15. Good post regarding laptop standby mode issue. Good points on how to solve the issue. Blogs like these are very useful for people who are into laptop and printer service. Thanks a lot.

  16. Hi. I recently went from win 8.1 to 10. Its been a month since it is installed on my machine. I already installed all available windows updates.Sometimes I get random blue screen, it says unexpected store error or something else. I have a thought its my machine fails to read hard disk. My laptop is dell vostro 5470. Hope you can help solve it.

  17. The Windows blue screen errors occur when a program encounters an error. Typically, these errors are caused by errors in the programming such as trying to call something that does not exist or do something that is not allowed. These errors can also be caused when the hardware in the computer encounters a problem or is bad. To resolve the ATTEMPTED WRITE TO READONLY MEMORY BSOD error, check the system for over clocking. You can disable all Overclocking or use a lower setting based on the clock frequency specified by the manufacturer of the CPU, GPU, and other installed devices. You can also resolve this issue by employing the Last Known Good Configuration feature that allows you to start the computer by employing the latest settings and configurations that worked.

    To check if the error is caused by a faulty drive, run an automatic driver update or manually update the drivers to the latest available versions.

    To manually update a driver, follow these steps:

    Click Start
    Type in devmgmt.msc in the search box
    Click devmgmt from results list
    Right-click on the driver
    To update the driver, select Update Driver Software.
    To disable the driver, select Disable.
    To uninstall the driver, select Uninstall.

    To run an automatic driver update, follow these steps:

    Click Start
    Go to Devices and Printers
    Right-click on your computer
    Select Device Installation Settings
    Select Yes, do this automatically
    Click Save Changes