Unexpected Store Exception Error in Windows 10

Unexpected Store Exception (BSOD or Blue Screen Of Death) is dreaded by everyone. It is a Stop Error in Windows 10 which indicates that a store component has caught an unexpected exception, leading to this problem. It is quite annoying as you have to restart your PC every time this happens.

Ways to Fix Unexpected Store Exception Error in Windows 10

Here are 5 ways by which you can fix this problem. Let’s have a look at all of them.

Method 1 – Check the health of your hard drive

This error is an indication of hard drive failure. It is advisable to keep a healthy hard drive. You can check your hard drive’s health by downloading the standard version of CrystalDiskInfo. Once you open the program after installation you will see that tabs at the top will allow you to switch between your hard drives. The Health Status, of the drive you choose, will be shown in accordance to values enlisted in a table below.

Your drive is in pink of health if the status shows Good. If it shows Bad or Caution, it is time you change your hard drive. Replacing your drive with another will prevent it from its likely failure. As the top reason for Unexpected Store Exception is the hard drive failure, it will be pragmatic to replace your hard drive even if the health status shows Good, if you have an extra one.

In case you need any help on replacing your hard drive, check this guide on how to replace a hard drive.

Method 2 – Update Your Display Driver

Incompatible Display Driver is one of the reasons that causes this error. It is always a good move to keep them updated from time to time. In order to update your display drivers, you have to boot your system in Safe Mode. Look up guide on booting Windows 10 in Safe Mode if you need help on this.

Step 1 – Press Windows+X and select Device Manager.

Step 2 – Double click upon Display Adapters. Your graphics card will be shown, thereafter. Right click on it and select Uninstall Device.

Step 3 – After confirming this, restart your PC.

Step 4 – Once you have restarted your PC, press Windows+I to open Settings. Click on Update and Security, after this.

Step 5 – Select Check for Updates. The latest drivers will be downloaded and your system will be updated on its own.

Even if the problem persists after this, check the website of your graphics card manufacturer and download the drivers according to the given instructions. Click on guide to replacing outdated Windows drivers for further help on updating your display drivers.

Method 3 – Run System File Checker

Unexpected Store Exception can also be caused by damaged system files. Fortunately, Windows includes a simple way for you to conduct a scan of your system. It will mend any broken file, if found, on its own. To conduct this scan:

Step 1 – Press Windows+X. Then, select Command Prompt (Admin).

Step 2 – After the Command Prompt opens, type sfc /scannow and then press Enter.

The scan will start after this. On completion, if it does “not find any integrity violations”, your system is working in a proper manner. Otherwise it may show:

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them. Details are included in the CBS.Log %WinDir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log

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

Step 3 – When it does, type in the following command in the Command Prompt, in order to view the log:

findstr /c:”[SR]” %windir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log >”%userprofile%\Desktop\sfclogs.txt

The log will, thereafter, be shown on your desktop, where it will show the damaged files and you can review it accordingly. If the problem persists, try reinstalling windows to get fresh copies of everything.

Method 4 – Disable Your Antivirus

Antiviruses sometimes can be as woeful as they are helpful and are capable of causing this error. Disabling your antivirus may solve this problem. The way in which it can be disabled varies from system to system, depending upon the software present. The option to disable the antivirus may very well be in the Settings menu.

In case your Windows Defender is in action:

Step 1 – Press Windows+I and select Update and Security.

Step 2 – Thereafter, click upon Windows Security. Select Virus and Threat Protection and then Virus and Threat Protection Settings.

Step 3 – After this, turn Off the Real-Time Protection.

In case you are using a third-party antivirus, to uninstall it:

Step 1 – Open Settings by pressing Windows+I and select Apps.

Step 2 – Spot the Antivirus in the list and select Uninstall.

However, it is not at all advisable to keep your system unprotected against malware. If uninstalling your antivirus does not solve the issue, reinstall it and keep your PC protected.

Method 5 – Turn Off Fast Startup

The Fast Startup feature causes the system to use a sort of hibernation in order to reduce boot time. It is more useful in case of hard drives. This feature is present in updated Windows 10 systems. In some cases, it is advisable that you disable or turn off this Fast Stratup feature, in order to prevent Unexpected Store Exception. This error is caused as Fast Startup does not allow some drivers to load duly.

Step 1 – Open Run by pressing Windows+R. Then, type in “Control Panel” and then click OK.

Step 2 – Select Power Options and click upon Choose what the power buttons do, from the left-hand side.

Step 3 – After this, select Change settings that are currently unavailable. Deselect Turn on fast startup (recommended). Click upon Save Changes.


The above-mentioned methods and ways will help you prevent the Unexpected Store Exception Error (Blue Screen Of Death or BSOD) to occur. As already mentioned, in the first and foremost step, that a defective or damaged hard disc drive, is the main reason that the Unexpected Store Exception occurs. Emphasis has also been given on other reasons, such as outdated display drivers, defective system files, error caused by antiviruses and error caused by Fast Statrup feature, as well, so that you can pinpoint your cause of the error occurring in your PC and solve the issue in a flash, to have a better experience.

Furthermore, if you need more help regarding Unexpected Store Exception, look up guide to troubleshooting blue screens of death, which will help you to find the actual cause of the problem occurring in your system.

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