Windows 10’s new Corsair driver update is causing boot failures

Windows 10 driver update bug

Some Windows 10 drivers are necessary for your devices, which
is why we’ve both automatic and optional driver updates.
However, driver updates can also prevent your devices from
working under rare circumstances.

A new driver update “CorsairVBusDriver” is currently rolling
out to some users via Windows Update and it’s reportedly
breaking down PCs. The latest driver is incompatible with the
old CorsairVBusDriver (driver version is 2.x or older) and BSOD
is triggered when the older driver is detected.

In some instances, users have found that the compatibility
issues between the new and old drivers result in a loop of Blue
Screen of Death errors.

Corsair BSOD

While Microsoft has yet to respond to the reports, Corsair has
confirmed that it’s aware of the problem.

“This is caused by a very old CorsairVBusDriver (driver version
is 2.x or older) installed with old CUE SW (CUE 2.x or older)
conflicting with the new driver (driver version is 3.x)
released with the recent Windows update,” wrote
James, ICUE product manager at Corsair.

If you have a Corsair update pending in the Windows Update
page, you need to uninstall the old Corsair’s CUE software and
download the iCUE software, and then apply the Windows Updates.

For those stuck in a Blue Screen of Death with
“CorsairVBusDriver.sys” stop code error, follow these steps:

  • In the Windows Recovery Environment, select Troubleshoot.
  • Select Advanced Options > System Restore. When you click
    on System Restore, Windows will retry to recover your operating
    system using the recovery partition and it won’t affect your
    personal files, but it will remove recently installed apps,
    drivers, etc.
  • Create a bootable media drive and recover your PC manually.

Advanced users can also follow our
workaround to fix issues with CorsairVBusDriver.sys in
Windows 10 version 2004 or newer.

This incident is another reminder for users to avoid the
necessary driver updates offered via Windows Update. As we have
reported before, optional updates for Intel, Nvidia, AMD or
other products can relegate your drivers to an old or default
version. In other words, you should avoid optional updates if
the hardware is fully functional.

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