A Guide to the ATTEMPTED WRITE TO CM PROTECTED STORAGE Blue Screen of Death Error

The “ATTEMPTED WRITE TO CM PROTECTED STORAGE” BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error may appear when the computer abruptly shuts down during the initialization process for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and 8, and Windows 2008. It means that a faulty device driver has attempted to write to the read-only protected storage of the configuration manager (CM). The abrupt shutdown of the computer is automatically executed to prevent data loss.

In most situations, this BSOD error may be caused by faulty operations performed by a device driver, a newly installed application, or an operating system update. In some instances, this error is caused by the activity of malware such as trojans and viruses.

This BSOD error is also known as “ATTEMPTED_WRITE_TO_CM_PROTECTED_STORAGE” and “STOP 0x0000011C“. In some cases, the driver that attempted to write to the protected storage is identified on the BSOD screen. Some users of Windows have reported this error, which normally appears on the screen during the initialization of the system.

To fix the “ATTEMPTED WRITE TO CM PROTECTED STORAGE” BSOD error, you have to check the computer for recently installed hardware, device driver, or other related software, such as service packs and software updates. To resolve the error, you can use the Last Known Good Configuration feature, which is an option that allows you to start the computer by employing the latest settings and configurations that worked. This process restores the driver settings and registry information at the last time that the computer normally operated.

To do this, you have to restart the computer and press F8 when the character-based menu options are shown on the screen, which provides you with the Windows Advanced Options. You can use the arrow keys to highlight Last Known Good Configuration, and press Enter. This process allows you to recover from newly installed drivers that are incompatible with the computer operating system, and from the installation of hardware that are unsupported.

To uninstall unsupported hardware, click on the Start button, type Device Manager on the search window, and click on it when it appears on the list of search results. Click on the little arrow icons to expand all categories in the hardware tree. Right click to uninstall devices with a red cross mark.

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