Problem: Since installing Windows 10 I get a random and regular BSOD related to the network
Solution: Since the 9926 release of Windows 10 Technical preview and after a bit of persuasion from some work colleagues, I decided to update my every day laptop to Windows 10.  I bought myself a Samsung Evo 1TB SSD drive and when it arrived I went for it.
Installation went fine and general use for the evening I did the install was OK but then the following day I got a BSOD event occur.  Then it re-occured at random intervals and at an alarming rate.  The laptop was unusable.  I downloaded SDK for windows 8.1 so I could examine the dump and had a friend take a look also.  We both concluded that the BSOD was related to a network driver file, NETwew00.sys, which was related to my Intel Wireless card.  I use a Intel® Centrino Advanced-N 6205 so, I decided to update the Intel ProSet drivers for the card.  Unfortunately this seemed to make it worse as the BSOD became more frequent.  In a last ditch effort I replaced the wireless card in my laptop for a completely different one.  The card was using completely different drivers.  Sorted right?  Wrong.  BSOD still persists.  Aaaarrggghhh!
By this time I was tearing my hair out with it, the BSOD said that NDU.sys was crashing so I turned my focus from the .dmp file which seemed to point towards the network card and focused on this particular sys file.  After searching I came across a post on a forum discussing that the Windows Network Data Usage Monitor Driver (or NDU.sys) which apparently was written rather badly by Microsoft and caused a nasty memory leak leading to additional paging, degraded HDD/SSD performance and eventual BSOD.
Discussion thread here: http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/windows-8-338/awareness-thread-windows-8-memory-leak-ndu-sys-4309046.html
The ‘Windows Network Data Usage Monitor Driver’ was written for Windows 8 and above operating systems and can be switched off with a simple registry key.
Open up “regedit” and go this key.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMControlSet001ServicesNdu
Change the “Start” value to 4 (to disable it).

and VOILA! I haven’t had a BSOD since!
My Hardware
HP Elitebook 8560p
16GB RAM
Samsung Evo 840 1TB SSD

I hope this helps someone else out there experiencing this frustrating problem.  I have waited ten days before posting to see if it has cured it and so far so good.
Update 09.03.14: BSOD most certainly cured now.  Not happened since and its been a very long time now. 
Thanks,
Jonathan

 

3 replies
  1. Cynthia
    Cynthia says:

    I really want to try this but I’m afraid to mess with Regedit and don’t know exactly how to change that value safely. Can someone help?

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    • Jonathan
      Jonathan says:

      Hi. Bear in mind this article is quite old and refers to BSOD issue I was having with my own HP machine and one of the very first Windows 10 Insider builds. There is plenty of information on the web about how to change registry keys but if you’re unsure what you are doing I would advise you seek some support. Good luck!

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