How to fix “attempted write to readonly memory”?

The “Attempted Write to Read-Only Memory” error more commonly known as the blue screen of death (BSOD) is not a very common error but it will most likely occur when you least expect it. It generally affects computers that are running on Windows 7, 8, 10, and 11 versions, and it happens when a driver tries to write a read-only-memory segment in the computer.

Whether you are currently experiencing this error or you just want to be prepared when it happens, this guide is for you.

Possible Causes of Attempted Write to Read-Only Memory Error

There are several possible reasons why this error may occur, including:

  • Device driver issues – This is one of the primary reasons for the attempted write to read-only memory error. Some possible instances include incompatibility of newly installed device drivers, having an outmoded PC hardware, or you have a faulty or corrupted driver.
  • Operating system services – If your operating system is not updated to the latest, it’s also possible that your computer may end up with a BSOD error.
  • Firmware or Malware – Another possible cause of the attempted write to read-only-memory error is the installation of firmware with blue screen issues.

Troubleshooting Steps

To troubleshoot the Attempted write to read-only error, you need to be in Safe mode.

If you are using Windows 7, you simply restart your computer, press F8 and then enter the Advanced Boot Options window. You can then use the arrow keys to select Safe mode.

For other Windows versions, you’ll need to use a repair installation disc and then boot the computer from the disc so you can enter WinRE (Windows Recovery Environment). From there, go to Troubleshooting > Advanced options and select Startup Settings. Restart your computer and press F4 to enable Safe mode.

How to go to Safe mode video: 

Once you entered Safe mode, try any of these simple methods:

Method #1: Update drivers

Step 1: Right-click on the start button then select Device Manager.

Step 2: Right-click on each driver and tap on Update Driver then click Search automatically for updated driver software. If Windows is unable to find a driver, it will go to the manufacturer’s website to download and install a driver.

Method # 2: Roll Back Driver or Uninstall Device

Step 1: Go to Device Manager then double click each installed driver in your computer. Step 2: A window will open and from there, open the Driver tab.

Step 3: Click Roll Back Driver or Uninstall Device from the options. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the steps.

Method # 3: Uninstall a recently installed software

This troubleshooting method applies if you just installed a software and you experienced the error afterwards.

Step 1: Open your Control Panel

Step 2: View all the software you just installed via Category. From the Programs section, click Uninstall a program.

Step 3: From the app list, find the most recent software you installed, right click on it then choose Uninstall.

More often, you can fix the BSOD error using any of the three methods. However, if the problem still persists, there are other methods you can try:

  1. Run memory diagnostics 
  1. Update your BIOS
  1. Update your Windows

Q & A

What should I do next if any of the troubleshooting steps won’t work?

If you are still experiencing the same problem with your computer, it’s a good idea to bring it to a service center as it may have a more serious issue.

What causes attempted readonly memory?

This error is triggered when a driver tries to write on a read-only segment of your computer’s memory. If the system manages to identify the driver that caused the error, that driver is going to be mentioned near the STOP message on the Blue Screen of Death screen.

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What is memory management error?

As the name suggests, the memory management error relates to the computer’s memory, which can be a physical problem with the installed RAM. The Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool can help discover if this is the root of the problem. When Windows restarts, it will tell you if something is wrong with your memory.

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How long does RAM last for?

RAM’s Performance Lifespan

Generally, you could last around 8 to 12 years before needing an upgrade but that is only if you want to play the latest games without consuming too much memory.

What causes memory management stop code?

It is possible that the computer has outdated hardware drivers, or a rogue or faulty hardware driver is causing the MEMORY_MANAGEMENT stop code. Check for drivers that need to update, or update all hardware drivers at once.

Can RAM cause blue screen?

A bad memory module (RAM) can cause unpredictable behavior in a Windows system, including the dreaded blue screen of death.

What causes a BSOD?

The blue screen happens when Windows encounters a critical error that stops the operating system from running. These critical errors can be the result of faulty hardware, faulty or low level hardware drivers, or faulty or low level apps that run within the Windows kernel.

Is Windows Stop Code a virus?

The “Stop code: CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED” fake error message is a scam that pretends to be from Microsoft to trick you into thinking that your computer has crashed or that a virus has been detected. It does this to try and scare you into calling one of the listed numbers in order to receive support.

Can you fix RAM errors?

Once you have determined with certainty which RAM module(s) have failed, replacing them with a new set of RAM modules usually fixes the errors.

Can dust cause RAM problems?

Dirt and dust can also cause issues that look like memory problems. It is a good idea to clean dust out of your computer at least once a year, more often if you have furry pets. Your computer can also have a virus.

Can RAM get corrupted?

Corrupt files can be another sign of bad RAM, especially when the corruption is found in files that you’ve used recently. Another possible symptom: The PC slows down considerably as you use it, but seems re-energized after a boot. But don’t just pull out and replace all of your RAM sticks. You need to diagnose them.

Why do I need to reseat RAM?

Reseating the RAM usually fixes that – – which is why we suggest it when cause of PC problem is not immediately obvious. It’s just a basic troubleshooting step in the process of elimination (ie eliminating any simple causes before spending money on hardware replacement ).

What does it mean to reseat RAM?

Reseat is a term used to describe removing an expansion card or RAM from the computer and then putting it back into the same slot. This process is a common troubleshooting technique. It helps verify that a loosely connected device or connection is not causing your computer issues.

Can a computer run without RAM?

No, you may be able to turn on your PC without RAM, but you’ll immediately hear several beeps that show the RAM is missing. Every computer system needs RAM to send information and instructions to the CPU.

Does RAM wear down?

The short answer is YES: RAM does indeed “age”. And some of the degradation is noticiable if you use it intensively (as servers do). However most non-server users won’t notice it, which is why the usual answer is that RAM does not age.

Does RAM have a lifetime warranty?

No, Ram does not offer a lifetime warranty. The Ram warranty is broken into several different parts, and the bumper-to-bumper warranty only lasts 3 years/36,000 miles.

What is attempted Writeonly memory?

The error 0x000000BE (ATTEMPTED WRITE TO READONLY MEMORY) occurs when a driver tries to write on a read-only segment of your computer’s memory. If the system manages to identify the driver that caused the error, that driver is going to be mentioned near the STOP message on the Blue Screen of Death screen.


The attempted write to read-only memory is not very common but it may happen to you. You can easily fix this issue if you have an idea on what’s causing it. The three methods we have listed above are the easiest troubleshooting steps and more often they work to fix the issue. If they don’t work, you may try alternative methods.

Andy Avery

I really enjoy helping people with their tech problems to make life easier, ​and that’s what I’ve been doing professionally for the past decade.

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