How to fix DRIVER_RETURNED_HOLDING_CANCEL_LOCK error in Windows 10?

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This DRIVER_RETURNED_HOLDING_CANCEL_LOCK error is heavily seen in the Microsoft forum, as like other blue screen errors it can generate many problems.

When it throws this error, Windows will restart the computer until it is able to fix it, however, in many cases it fails on its own. But don't despair, all Windows needs is a little of your intervention to solve it. Therefore, here you will find all the tools you need to achieve it.

Possible causes

This problem it has no single cause, there are various software or hardware errors that can cause this error. For example, it can be caused when a new type of hardware or software has been added to your computer or if a driver has problems. It is also common for improper, damaged or outdated drivers or problematic software.

Also some antivirus can cause this problem when you change some Windows parameters. But undoubtedly the most feared with this error is that it is caused by a damaged hard drive.


As you can see, there are many causes for this error, but luckily there are are also Different solutions that you can try on your own.

Solution 1: Install the latest Windows 10 updates

It's best to keep your OS up to date, all updates involve fixing multiple bugs that can help you. Run Windows Update and maybe one of its updates will solve your problem. You can also try to reactivate Windows.

Solution 2: outdated drivers

To function optimally, your PC must have suitable drivers, otherwise it is possible that the screen will generate the error DRIVER_RETURNED_HOLDING_CANCEL_LOCK ”. You can try update them from the device itself, but it is usually advisable to go directly to the manufacturer's website.

Solution 3: Run the BSOD troubleshooter

If the drivers didn't work for you, try the Windows 10 troubleshooter by following these steps:

Open the “Settings” application e go to the "Update and security" section. Select "Troubleshoot" from the menu on the left. Select "BSOD" in the right pane and click "Run the troubleshooter"

It remains only that you follow all the instructions that the screen shows you to complete this solver task. If the program finds your problem, you will be able to resolve the DRIVER_RETURNED_HOLDING_CANCEL_LOCK error.

Solution 4: SFC scan

This tool works via a command system and you will allow you to scan and explore your PC for problems and errors. To start it, follow these steps:

Click the Start button, place “Command Prompt (Administrator)”. Enter the commands "sfc / scannow" and press the "Enter" key. Wait for the scan to complete (this may take some time). If the solution is found, it will apply it automatically. Close and restart your computer to verify that everything is working properly.  

Solution 5: Check the hard drive

If you think there is a possibility that your PC hard drive is damaged, check it with the CHKDSK command. To do this you just need:

Perform an “Advanced Startup” by restarting the computer while holding down the “Shift” key. Click on "Troubleshoot> Advanced Options". Select "Command Prompt" from that list of options. After it appears, you have to enter these commands and press "Enter" ogni volta. bootrec.exe / ricostruirebcd bootrec.exe / fixmbr bootrec.exe / fixboot

To perform this solution you must have previously specified the partition letter of your disk. For disk C partition write "chkdsk / rc:"

Solution six: the antivirus has problems

There are some antivirus needed and others that cause blocking errors and other BdD errors to appear. To fix it, you need to temporarily remove these antiviruses. McAfee is often accused of generating this error.

Solution seven: problematic software

Le Third party applications on the PC may bring up the error DRIVER_RETURNED_HOLDING_CANCEL_LOCK, so you need to uninstall them from your computer. Applications such as KeyMaestro, Windows Virtual PC and others are the ones that report this type of error the most.

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