BSOD Kernel Security Check Failure on Windows 8.1

I've just upgraded my computer to a i7 4770k/new MB/SSD, and did a clean install of windows 8.1. I've done all the normal tests on my cpu/ram/gpu and all of those seem to be working perfectly.

  • Trying to install Intel INF installation (i was able to later install this driver by using onboard video instead of my graphics card)
  • Saving a file form my Avermedia c127 capture software. (please note there is no windows 8.1 driver for this, but it works most of the time)
  • Switching tabs on Firefox.
  • Watching a YouTube clip.
  • Installing audio card drivers.
2-3 times today i got this error and the computer restarted:


And got the following from the event tracker, these events have been consistent with every crash:

6:06:06: Kernel-Boot - There are 0x1 boot options on this system.
6:06:06: Kernel-Boot -The bootmgr spent 0 ms waiting for user input.
6:06:06: Kernel-Boot -The boot type was 0x0.
6:06:06: Kernel-General - The operating system started at system time ‎2013‎-‎10‎-‎20T07:06:06.384384900Z.
6:06:06: Kernel-Boot -The last shutdown's success status was false. The last boot's success status was true.
6:06:07: FilterManager -File System Filter 'WdFilter' (6.3, ‎2013‎-‎08‎-‎22T22:39:34.000000000Z) has successfully loaded and registered with Filter Manager.
6:06:07: FilterManager -File System Filter 'FileInfo' (6.3, ‎2013‎-‎08‎-‎22T22:38:45.000000000Z) has successfully loaded and registered with Filter Manager.
6:06:08: Ntfs (Microsoft-Windows-Ntfs) - Volume C: (\Device\HarddiskVolume7) is healthy. No action is needed.
6:06:08: (error) volmgr - Crash dump initialization failed!
6:06:08: FilterManager -File System Filter 'npsvctrig' (6.3, ‎2013‎-‎08‎-‎22T22:38:22.000000000Z) has successfully loaded and registered with Filter Manager.
6:06:08: (critical) Kernel-Power -The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. This error could be caused if the system stopped responding, crashed, or lost power unexpectedly.
6:06:10 - 16 -Bunch of entries daysing my drives are healthy--
6:06:16: Kernel-Processor-Power (Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Processor-Power)
- Processor 0 in group 0 exposes the following power management capabilities:
Idle state type: ACPI Idle (C) States (2 state(s))
Performance state type: ACPI Performance (P) / Throttle (T) States
Nominal Frequency (MHz): 3501
Maximum performance percentage: 100
Minimum performance percentage: 22

These are my specs:
GA-Z87X-UD5 MB - New
i7 4770k CPU - New
80GB Intel SSD - New
Gigabyte 7950 OC GPU
GSkill Ripjaw 16gb RAM
Antec Neo Eco 620w PSU
3TB HDD (Seagate)

Any deas whats wrong?
These crashes were related to memory corruption (probably caused by a driver). 

Please run these two tests to verify your memory and find which driver is causing the problem.  

If you are over-clocking anything reset to default before running these tests.
In other words STOP!!! 
If you dont know what this means you probably arent

1-Memtest. (You can read more about running memtest here)
Download a copy of Memtest86 and burn the ISO to a CD using Iso Recorder or another ISO burning program. Get it here
Boot from the CD, and leave it running for at least 5 or 6 passes.
Just remember, any time Memtest reports errors, it can be either bad RAM or a bad motherboard slot.
Test the sticks individually, and if you find a good one, test it in all slots.

If a known good stick fails in one motherboard slot but not another it is probably the slot.

2-Driver verifier (for complete directions see our wiki here)

Using Driver Verifier is an iffy proposition.
Most times it will crash and it will tell you what the driver is, but sometimes it will crash and won't tell you the driver.
Other times it'll crash before you can log in to Windows. If you can't get to Safe Mode, then you'll have to resort to offline editing of the registry to disable Driver Verifier.

I'd suggest that you first backup your data and then make sure you've got access to another computer so you can contact us if problems arise.
Then make a System Restore point (so you can restore the system using the Vista/Win7 Startup Repair feature).

Here is the procedure:

Go to Start and type in "verifier" (without the quotes) and press Enter
Select "Create custom settings (for code developers)" and click "Next
Select "Select individual settings from a full list" and click "Next"
Select everything EXCEPT FOR "Low Resource Simulation" 
For Win 8 dont check Concurrency stress test, and DDI compliance checking click "Next"
Select "Select driver names from a list" and click "Next"
Then select all drivers NOT provided by Microsoft and click "Next"
Select "Finish" on the next page.

Reboot the system and wait for it to crash to the Blue Screen.

Continue to use your system normally, and if you know what causes the crash, do that repeatedly. 
The objective here is to get the system to crash because Driver Verifier is stressing the drivers out. 
If it doesn't crash for you, then let it run for at least 36 hours of continuous operation.

If you can't get into Windows because it crashes too soon, try it in Safe Mode.
If you can't get into Safe Mode, try using System Restore from your installation DVD to set the system back to the previous restore point that you created.

Cat herder
Windows Insider MVP
MVP-Windows and Devices for IT

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Last updated May 4, 2020 Views 102,813 Applies to: