The 'PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA' error or 'PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA' BSOD error is a memory error for system-level drivers or the kernel. Users should treat this error as an emergency until they resolve it. However, fixing a 'PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA' error may require simple solutions, such as re-seating the PC's memory or running an easy-to-use diagnostics tool.

Flipping the Page of Memory and Getting a Slap in the Face

Depending on the operating system and OS version, users running into severe memory crashes may see either a 'PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA' error or a 'PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA' BSOD error (with BSOD referring to the notorious 'Blue Screen of Death'). Unlike more general-purpose warnings, a non-paged area issue is specific to compartmentalized parts of memory essential to the operating system. Users can test multiple tools for resolving this problem and take advantage of standardized software-maintenance practices.

One application relevant to any Windows user is the Memory Diagnostic – available by typing its name into the taskbar's search field. This tool is specialized for resolving memory issues automatically and can start when Windows loads or immediately.

The chkdsk (a shortened version of 'CheckDisk') feature is another option and repairs any critical file or volume errors in the system's components. Users can load it from the Command Prompt, which they should launch as admin. Then, input:

chkdsk [Your Hard Drive Letter, such as 'C:'] /f /r

This compound command checks for two types of errors: logical and physical. Users should be aware that this utility requires time to complete its repairs, up to multiple hours, depending on the hard drive.

Leaning on the Hardware End of Memory Problems

Ideally, a 'PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA' error is fixable by running a default system-recovery utility, like the two above examples. If that's not the case, users should consider checking their device's memory's physical aspects. This consideration applies to events where the 'PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA' error appears shortly after upgrading (or downgrading) hardware, particularly.

The memory or RAM (random access memory) component usually is a long strip with metallic connectors that fit into one or more slots inside the device. Many PCs also include 'snap' locks on the sides of the card's slots. SOP for checking internal hardware recommends that users nullify all static sources on their persons (via anti-static bracelets, touching unpainted metal, etc.), turn off the device and unplug it from power and all peripherals. Common causes of hardware malfunction include dust buildup, cards not being seated into their slots firmly and evenly and improper cooling (such as a bad fan).

There also is a worse possibility than any other issues this article covers before this paragraph. A 'PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA' error also can be from outright dying memory or other hardware. Fortunately, memory replacements are some of the more inexpensive parts of a computer.

Maintenance over time pays off for those who invest in it. Rather than risk seeing a 'PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA' error, most users should get more comfortable seeing the 'guts' of their PC every once in a while – albeit in a controlled environment.