How to Fix VIDEO_TDR_FAILURE (ATIKMPAG.SYS) Error

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Windows OS has its fair share of issues with BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death). There are a ton of things which could cause the PC to go on the fritz and show you a fatal error message, which also has the power to turn your face blue. But thankfully, the blue screens of death tell you which hardware or service has failed or is responsible for this situation and what you can do to solve it. One such Blue screen of death error is known as VIDEO_TDR_FAILURE (ATIKMPAG.SYS).

As the BSOD has probably already told you, this error is caused by improperly installed or malfunctioning graphics drivers. But as annoying as it is to get hit by a BSOD in your face, at least you know what the problem is and where it is coming from. What this means is that you can do a simple online search and get answers to your problems. Now that you (were lucky enough to) stumble upon this post, you will get full details on how to solve the VIDEO_TDR_FAILURE (ATIKMPAG.SYS) BSOD error.

VIDEO_TDR_FAILURE (ATIKMPAG.SYS)
VIDEO_TDR_FAILURE (ATIKMPAG.SYS)

Looking at the error message, your inner geek (or a Google search) would tell you that the part of the problem that says ATIKMPAG.SYS indicates that the BSOD error is associated with an AMD driver. Drivers are arguably the most sensitive pieces of code out there. They get wrecked pretty easily by one little hiccup during something as normal and innocent as a driver software update. That is probably what happened to you, the frustrated reader, trying to get rid of that menacing BSOD. Well, fear not, for I have got the cure for your PC’s driver ailment.

This blue screen of death might not be allowing you to log in to your beloved gaming PC or might be just popping up in all the wrong moments like parents in your room. So your best bet and possibly the way which you have already tried to log in to your system is to boot into the safe mode. That way, you can prevent this apparently advanced but now troublesome graphics driver from loading up, and let the default alternative driver software take its place.

Boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode

  1. You need a Windows bootable media, such as a hot USB drive. Plug it in and enter your BIOS.
  2. Set the boot priority to the bootable drive and let the installation screen load up.
  3. There, choose the ‘Repair your computer’ option from the bottom left corner of the window.
  4. Open the advanced options on the next screen and open the command prompt. You might need to enter the password set on your computer for obvious security reasons.
  5. Once the command window is loaded up, type the command bcdedit and press the enter key.
  6. It will show a list of services related to windows boot manager. Note the identifier which is on its right-hand side.
  7. Now type bcdedit /set {your_identifier} safe boot minimal and hit enter.

Your Windows system should now boot up in safe mode, effectively disabling the advanced driver.

Now that your system is booted up, and its minimal functionality is still at your disposal, you can do some things to fix the blue screen of death error.

Also see: Fix Windows Diagnostic Policy Service is Not Running Error – TechWhoop

Methods to Solve VIDEO_TDR_FAILURE (ATIKMPAG.SYS) Error

Switch back to an older version

If the newer version of the driver is crap, it makes all the sense in the world to switch back to the good old stable version of the same, doesn’t it?

  1. Enter into the Run menu by pressing Win+R keys and enter device management by typing devmgmt.msc and clicking OK.
  2. Find display adapters option and then right-click on the AMD display adapter option. In the window that follows, click on update driver software.
Device Manager
Device Manager
  1. Click on the second option that says like Browse my computer for software. Then click on Let me pick from a list of device drivers in my computer option.
  2. Select a version that is older than the current one from the models. Click on next and confirm your choice.

Restart your system and boot back in regular mode. Your older driver should bring your system back in the normal mode of operation without coughing up anymore ‘blue screens’ of driver death VIDEO_TDR_FAILURE (ATIKMPAG.SYS) error. If this did not work, try the next method where we will be plucking the problematic software out of its roots. Remember fellow geeks, if you can’t fix something, replace it. (conditions apply!)

Replace the ATIKMPAG.SYS driver

  1. Go to Run menu again by either choosing it from the start menu or by pressing Win+R keys. Then type C:\Windows\System32 in the text field and click OK.
  2. In the list of files that you see, search for the menacing atikmpag.sys file and press F2 to rename it. Covert it into a backup of itself by renaming it to atikmpag.sys.bak.
System32- Win+R
System32- Win+R
  1. Now, search for the ATI folder and open it. In that folder, you will see a file named atikmpag.sy_. Copy that file to your desktop.
  2. Launch the windows search bar and search for cmd in it. Right-click on the search result and select Run as administrator. You can also do the same by pressing Win+X keys and selecting the one that says Command prompt (Administrator).
  3. In the command window, type chdir desktop and hit the enter key. When you’re done with that one, type expand.exe atikmdag.sy_ atikmdag.sys and press enter.
  4. In case the above command did not work for some reason, you can type expand -r atikmdag.sy_ atikmdag.sys as an alternative.
  5. Now you see there is a atikmdag.sys file newly create on your desktop. Cut it from there and paste it over at the path where you found it: C:\Windows\System32.

Final Words

Done! Now you close everything and restart your computer. If you have done everything properly, your VIDEO_TDR_FAILURE (ATIKMPAG.SYS) blue screen of death error should now be gone. Now, you can continue using your Windows computer as it is, and drop an email to AMD regarding that blue screen of death issue. They probably already know about the issue though, and have possibly started working on it. SO hold off on updating it until you have got the official word of the problem being resolved. Cheers!

Also see: [Solved] How to Fix Windows Update Error 0x80070057

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