Intel SST audio driver behind Windows 11 BSOD bug


Speak of the devil, and the devil is here! It was but a couple of days ago that we were talking about BSOD on Windows 11, and how that screen was changed back to the traditional blue color.

And now, there is an actual BSOD bug on the loose!

Microsoft has just confirmed another pesky little bug in the operating system, this time caused by some suspicious looking Intel SST drivers that are triggering the Blue Screen of Death on devices running this version of the operating system.

Or, Black Screen of Death, in case Redmond has not reverted the color back on your machine.

In case you are not aware of Intel SST, it is an integrated audio digital signal processor (DSP) that has the responsibility of handling and processing audio signals on many modern Intel devices — as in, a lot of the hardware that is out there.

The company details the problem on its health status page, describing the issue as:

“Intel and Microsoft have found incompatibility issues with certain versions of drivers for Intel Smart Sound Technology (Intel SST) and Windows 11. Windows 11 devices with the affected Intel SST driver might receive an error with a blue screen.”

The good news is that only certain versions of the Intel Smart Sound Technology Audio Controller drivers are being affected.

Redmond notes that the issue exists on SST driver versions and earlier, or versions and earlier. Hence, the solution to fix this problem is to update to driver versions and later or versions and later.

Nevertheless, Microsoft has already enabled an upgrade block that ensures that devices that might potentially be affected by this bug are no longer being offered the upgrade to Windows 11.

After the driver is updated, the Windows 11 upgrade prompt should come to your machine within 48 hours, the software titan assures.

It better, as the company is ready to pick up pace as most other rollout metrics are in the positive.