Video_TDR_Failure (nvlddmkm.sys) in Windows 10 {Fixed}

Windows is the most Popular Operating System and is widely used all over the world. Where it has its advantages, we just can’t ignore the fact that it has many disadvantages too. We face a lot of errors on Windows if we compare to MacOS. And one of the common errors Windows Users face is ‘VIDEO_TDR_FAILURE (nvlddmkm.sys)’

Video_TDR_Failure (nvlddmkm.sys) error is very common with the users who have Nvidia Graphics Card in their system. This is a BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death) error which shows a Blue Screen on your machine out of nowhere, which ultimately leads to a shutdown.

To solve the Video_TDR_Failure (nvlddmkm.sys) error, we must know its causes which can be some issues with the RAM, Graphics Driver, overloading of the graphics card, etc. But as always, we are here to help you with Video_TDR_Failure (nvlddmkm.sys) error too!

Methods To Fix nvlddmkm.Sys Error On Windows 10

Below, we have mentioned some methods to solve the Video_TDR_Failure (nvlddmkm.sys) error. All of these methods have been Tried & Tested by our users, and we are sure that one of them will work for you!

Method 1: Reinstall Graphics Card Driver

Step 1: Before we proceed to reinstall the graphics card driver, we need to enter Safe Mode to avoid any other issues. In this step, I’ll explain how to do that.

Step 2: After you have turned ON your system, press the power button to turn off the computer and hold the power button until the PC shuts down automatically. Repeat this process for 2-3 times until you see Preparing Automatic Repair under the Windows Logo.

Step 3: Next, Click on the Advanced Options button, and from the next screen, which is the Choose an Option screen, select Troubleshoot.

Step 4: Now, again select Advanced Options and then click on Startup Settings. Next, click on Restart, and now click on F4 if you want to enter into safe mode without Networking, or F5 if you want to enter with Networking feature.

Now, the System has booted into Safe Mode. Proceed to Step 5.

Step 5: Now press the Windows key + X at the same time, and click on Device Manager. 

Step 6: Expand the Display Adapters option and right-click on your Nvidia Graphics Driver, then click Uninstall. 

Step 7: Download and Install the latest version of the NVIDIA graphics driver from the official support website.

Step 8: Go to the following path: C:WindowsSystem32Drivers and locate nvlddmkm.sys and right-click on it to rename it as nvlddmkm.sys.old.

Step 9: Go to you Nvidia Directory in C drive, and find nvlddmkm.sy_. Once located, Copy and Paste this file to your Desktop directory.

Step 10: Now open Command Prompt (Admin) by pressing Windows Key + X on your keyboard.

Step 11: In the command prompt, type in the following command and press Enter. 

expand.exe nvlddmkm.sy_ nvlddmkm.sys 

Step 12: Go to the C drive again, and copy the new nvlddmkm.sys file.

Paste it in the C: WindowsSystem32Drivers folder.

Step 13: Restart your computer.

This solution is a bit tricky but solves the problem without any issues. Are you still facing the issue? Try out our next Method.

Method 2: Run a Disk Check On Your System

BSOD errors are usually related to corrupted or faulty hard drives or RAM. You can run a Disk Check to check whether the Hard Drive or RAM is causing the issue to arise.

Now I’ll explain how to do the same with the following steps:-

Step 1: Press Windows key + X at the same time. From the dialog box that appears, click on Command Prompt (Admin). When asked for any permission, grant it by clicking Yes.

 Step 2: In the command prompt window, type the following command and hit Enter:

chkdsk /f c:

(If your windows is installed in some other drive, replace the letter c with the appropriate drive letter)

Step 3: Type Y and Restart your computer. Now, wait for the process to finish.

This method must have solved your problem. If not, proceed to our next method.

Method 3: Run a Memory Check On Your System

The test will help us to verify if the RAM is at fault or not properly.

Step 1: At first, press Windows key + R to open the Run window. Type mdsched.exe in the box hit Enter.

 Step 2: Next, amongst the 2 options that appear on your screen, you should click on Restart now and check for problems. If you are busy right now and can’t restart your computer, choose the 2nd option.

Step 3: Now, you’ll see the process happening in a Blue Screen. Once the errors are shown, fix those errors with their solutions. If no errors are present, then the Memory Card is not having any issues.

Method 4: Remove Any Conflicting Programs

If you have recently installed any new drivers or a program, you might have to uninstall them and recheck if the issue persists. Or update those programs or drivers as any out-of-date drivers might be causing the issue.

This might be the simplest solution to the error, so it’s worth performing. If the issue is still present, try the next method.

Method 5: Change The Graphics Card

If the above methods haven’t solved your problem, you can try to change your Graphics Card. You can buy the graphics card of Nvidia or AMD. Before buying, be sure to check the compatibility of the graphics driver with your motherboard. If you buy an incompatible graphics driver and install it in your system, it will likely cause the same issue.

Method 6: Stay Up-To-Date With Windows

The last method is to Update your Windows version as Microsoft releases updates to windows every second or fourth Tuesday of the month. If you are not running the latest version of windows, there is a high possibility of your system getting affected with a malware, which can damage the OS and ultimately results in Loss of Data.

We recommend you to use an Original Copy of Windows, as a pirated copy can cause a whole lot of other issues. If you are using a Microsoft driver for your Graphics card, check for updates in Windows as Microsoft releases updates frequently for the efficiency of the drivers. We will tell you how to check for updates in Windows 10.

Follow the steps below:

Step 1: At first, go to Windows settings by pressing the Windows key + I on the keyboard.

Step 2: Then click on Update & Security.

 Step 3: Go to Windows Update tab on the left.

Step 4: Now, click on the Check For Updates button. If any updates are available for the driver, windows will download and install the updates.

Step 5: After the updates are installed, Restart your computer.

Enjoy your PC without the BSOD error!

Final Words

As we have mentioned all the best methods above to solve the Video_TDR_Failure (nvlddmkm.sys) error, we hope that it has solved the issue for you. These methods can be used on Windows 7 and above versions. We advise all the Windows users to keep their system updated to the latest version and take good care of their PC to avoid any such errors in the future. If you face any errors, you know we are there to help!