[Solved] “The Following Boot-Start Or System-Start Driver(s) Did Not Load: Dam”

If you come across Event 7206 that says “The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) did not load: dam” in Event Viewer, the drivers must be obsolete and you should update them. Other solutions include performing SFC and DISM scans, scanning for malware, rolling back BIOS, etc. You don’t know your way around Windows? In that case, check out this article and learn how to carry out the solutions.

Causes

Drivers

In layman’s terms, computers cannot control devices directly and have to rely on drivers. If you neglect driver updates, the computer would go haywire as a result. Thus, if you notice Event Viewer logging “The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) did not load: dam”, you should give drivers some thought.

Corruption

For your information, if system files get corrupted, the performance of computers is going to suffer. Your PC is acting up and you have a hard time using it? Then it’s a good idea to add corruption to your list of suspects.

Malware

Generally speaking, the presence of malware on computers would result in all sorts of problems. Hence, once it comes to “The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) did not load: dam”, you may want to take malware into account.

BIOS

All in all, BIOS plays a key role in the operation of Windows computers. That is why if run into system-level troubles on your PC, it’s wise to add BIOS to your list of suspects.

Solutions 

Solution 1: Update Drivers

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter to open Device Manager.
  • Step 2:Right-click each of the devices on your PC then pick Update driver.
  • Step 3: Hit Search automatically for updated driver software.
  • Step 4: After the update finishes, restart your computer.
  • Step 5: When the screen comes back on, see how things turn out.

Note: In the case that you lack the patience to update drivers manually, feel free to resort to driver managers. In use, driver managers could download and install updates for device drivers on their own initiative.

  • Step 1: Download and install a driver manager.
  • Step 2: Launch the driver manager, scan for driver updates and update the drivers.
  • Step 4: Restart your computer.

Solution 2: Perform SFC And DISM Scans

In case you don’t know, SFC and DISM scans excel at fixing corrupted system files on Windows computers. If you suspect corruption to be responsible for the Event Viewer entry, perform SFC and DISM scans at the earliest oppurtunity.

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type cmd and hit Run as administrator.
  • Step 2: In Command Prompt (Admin), run the sfc /scannow command to perform the SFC scan.
  • Step 3: As soon as the SFC scan completes, proceed to run the following commands in Command Prompt (Admin) to perform the DISM scan:
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  • Step 4: Close Command Prompt.
  • Step 5: Restart your computer.

Solution 3: Scan For Malware

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings, choose Update & Security and select Virus & threat protection in Windows Security.
  • Step 2: Pick Scan options then click Full scan.
  • Step 3: Hit Scan now.
  • Step 4: Let the scan go all the way.
  • Step 5: Restart your computer.

Solution 4: Roll Back BIOS (ASUS)

You recently updated BIOS of your PC? Then there is a good chance that the BIOS update is the one responsible for the error and you should roll back BIOS. Of course, it is wise to exercise caution as BIOS is a sensitive part of your system. Back up important files and folders in case you mess up. To roll back BIOS, go through the steps down below:

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type cmd and hit Run as administrator.
  • Step 2: In Command Prompt (Admin), run the command C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\WinFlash /nodate
  • Step 3: Select your desired BIOS file, choose Flash and ignore the prompt about it being an older version.
  • Step 4: Restart your computer.

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