Solutions here will instruct you to fix PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL Error in Windows 10. The Blue Screen issue have bug check value 0x0000017B and causes frequent automatic restart of the system. Commonly the BSOD occurs when opening or closing a program or app showing the stop code on the screen.

PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL basically comes from Hardware or Software abnormality. After the bug cause disturbance in the system, computer freezes randomly making desktop inaccessible. Working along becomes too tough as the functionality drops down for a slow operation. However, the greatest problem happens when Windows starts restarting by itself without prior notification.


Here is how to fix PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL BSOD Error in Windows 10 –

1] Disable Automatic Restart

Windows 10 uses Automatic Restart setting to avoid damage from an unexpected crash of the OS as the antecedent of previous versions. But this configuration prevents to apply any resolutions when PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL occurs as the system doesn’t stop rebooting. So the first task you should follow is disabling the setting –

Step-1: Press Win+S hotkey and let the Windows search bar appear.

Step-2: In the search bar, type “control” and press the Enter key.

Step-3: Make the view of control panel either into a small or large icon and then click on System.

Step-4: From the left pane of the following page, select “Advanced system settings”.

Step-5: Once System Properties window prompts, go to the Advanced tab.

Step-6: Select Settings located under the Startup and Recovery section.

Step-7: Underneath the System failure, uncheck the box of Automatically restart option.

Step-8: Lastly, click on the OK button to process ahead.

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2] Run Blue Screen Troubleshooter to fix PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL

Microsoft, after investigating the critical issues,  introduced Blue Screen Troubleshooter in the Settings app. If you are using any version greater than Fall Creators update, can use this tool to solve error PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL. Follow the below procedures to use the fix –

  • Right-click on the Start button and select Settings from the leftmost column.
  • On the following page, click on Update & Security section.
  • From the left pane, select Troubleshoot and then switch to the corresponding right.
  • Scroll and find out Blue Screen option from there
  • Once you find, click on it and select Run the troubleshooter.

Upon executing the tool properly, Windows 10 will fix Bsod error code PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL automatically.

3] Boot Windows 10 to Safe Mode

Lots of notorious bugs were following Windows soon after Microsoft developed it. At that point, something was truly necessary that can effectively block those problems. However, Safe Mode is one of the common remedy considered for most of the BSOD error code including PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL. This is how to Boot Windows 10 into Safe Mode

  • Press the Windows+ I hotkeys and let Windows Settings appear.
  • Click on Update & Security section.
  • On the next page, select Recovery from the left pane and move along to right side.
  • Scroll to Advanced startup section and click the button Restart now.
  • As your Windows restarts, it will ask you to choose the next step. Choose Troubleshoot from Startup Screen.
  • In the Troubleshoot menu click Advanced Options and subsequently on Startup Settings.
  • Now you will be informed that your machine can be restarted with the use of additional settings one of which is Enable Safe Mode. Press Restart.
  • Subsequent to this, choose Enable Safe Mode by pressing F4.

Once deployed, the Operating System will be launched with default apps and services only. For that reason, there is a small possibility of recurrence the error again. However, if the issue appears again, it is quite clear that any third-party application or Hardware problem is responsible for this.

4] Eradicate the faulty Windows update files

Microsoft releases Windows updates after a certain period comprising updated features and bug fixes. The company urges its users to download them using the Settings application. In fact, they do not indulge into troubles in the midway but if the installation process terminates abnormally, you will have PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL BSOD error in the Computer. All these problematic files need immediate removal in this respect. follow these below steps to do so –

  • Press Win+I hotkey and let the Windows Settings appear.
  • Click on Update & Security category.
  • This will by default open Windows Update page.
  • Move to the adjacent right and Select View update history link.
  • On the succeeding page, click on Uninstall updates in order to remove the faulty files.

5] Reconnect the External Hardware Devices

Often PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL BSOD error comes in after connecting an additional hard drive with the device. In that case, you have to remove the accessory and reconnect it again following correct procedures. The guidelines are as follows –

  • Detach all the plugged accessories from the device and Restart it.
  • When the operating system boots successfully, attach the accessories again with your PC successively and check which one is causing PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL.
  • Subsequently, get the updated drivers for that specific hardware from the manufacturer website and then install them.

6] Update corrupted Drivers with Device Manager

An outdated or incompatible device driver is the major reason for which PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL Windows 10 BSOD error shows up in the device. Sometimes, the user notices the same issue just after installing a new Hard Drive and by using a corrupted USB stick as well. To mitigate this, you can install their drivers using the DVD from the delivery package or downloading from unofficial sites. Accordingly, simply you need to update all drivers going through Device Manager. This is how you can move on –

  • Do a right-click on the Start button and select Device Manager from the Power-user menu.
  • On the following screen, locate the devices having exclamation mark against them.
  • Expand the same by double-clicking.
  • Right-click on the driver having a yellow caution.
  • From the context menu, select Update driver option to start the process.
  • At this time, the system will display two options; Choose Search automatically for updated driver software.
  • When you are done, Restart the Windows to make the changes effective.
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If you have two or more similar programs in the same device, they can create conflict with each other in worst cases resulting in erasing important files. In this case, to evade PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL BSOD error, simply uninstall similar programs if they are not so relevant. However, if it would become essential in the future then go for installing them again. Here is the process to proceed on –

Step#1: Press Win+I keys and let Windows Settings appear.

Step#2: Click on Apps category.

Step#3: On to the next page, move alongside right from the left pane.

Step#4: Locate the program may cause issues PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL or you have recently installed.

Step#5: Once found, make a click on it and select the “Uninstall” option from the extended pane.

Step#6: When a small pop-up appears, again click on Uninstall to confirm the process.

Step#7: After complete the process, visit the official manufacturer website to Download and reinstall them again.

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8] Scan your full system in Windows Security

In this tech-based world, Virus comes at the top if we talk about the threats. People can be stuck anytime anywhere while browsing or clicking a suspicious link in the Spam mail. When it enters, remove the possible system components which are certainly significant for the OS. Therefore, PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL BSOD error in Windows 10 is more likely to happen. Performing a Full Scan can save you in this regard. You can accomplish the task using “Windows Security”, a default program of Windows 10.  Following guidelines will help you to do so –

  • Click on the Action Center icon from the Taskbar and select All Settings.
  • Once the app opens up, click the Update & Security icon.
  • Select Windows Security from the left column.
  • Move to the right pane and click on the Virus & threat protection option.
  • On the following window, select Scan options link.
  • Select the radio button of Full scan and then click Scan now option to initiate the process.
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9] Remove Third-Party Antivirus Program

Third-party antivirus programs are not trusted every time and quite often they create issues. Sometimes, PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL BSOD error in Windows 10 is also a result of using them. With the Internet spread all over, Malware gets easy entrance to the system and cause destruction. Microsoft introduced the best Utility ever for the malicious program is Windows Security, which is also named as the complete solution. Therefore, you can easily go for uninstalling them to escape hassles. For example, we are showing the standard way to uninstall Avast Antivirus from your computer –

  • Press Win+R at a time to launch the Run dialog box.
  • In the specified bar, type appwiz.cpl and select the OK button.
  • On the following page, locate Avast Free Antivirus from the appearing list and do a click on the same.
  • Hit the Uninstall button from the top menu.
  • Subsequent to this window, select the ‘Uninstall’ tab at the bottom and then click on Next.
  • At this time, a UAC prompts, give your consent by choosing the Yes option.
  • In a while, a confirmation will prompt as Uninstall finished.
  • Upon completion, select the Restart button and then click on “Finish”.

10] Run Windows System File Checker (“SFC /Scannow”)

Windows soon after came in the field, indulged in so many unknown bugs including error PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL. As per the company, corrupted and obsolete System File is the main reason which causes BSOD errors generally. Microsoft, as a fix, found a new application which identifies as the SFC. This is one of the best resolutions deployed in the Command Prompt. This is how you need to proceed –

  • Right-click on the Windows logo available at the extreme left of the taskbar.
  • When the Power user menu prompt, locate Run and hit it.
  • Type cmd.exe in the text bar available next to Open.
  • Now, press and hold Ctrl +Shift and then hit the Enter key.
  • This will launch the command prompt as administrator. Alternatively, you can just press Ctrl + Shift keys and then click the OK button on the dialog.
  • In the resulting screen, type the syntax SFC /Scannow and click on the Enter key.
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11] Use Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool

Windows image files, in many cases, become damaged and cause PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL BSOD error. Microsoft has a built-in utility for resolving this issue and that is Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool. To execute the workaround follow the instruction –

  • Press Win+S hotkey and let Taskbar search appear.
  • Type cmd in the given bar.
  • When the result flashes, right-click on it and then select Run as administrator from the context menu.
  • If a UAC prompts up, click on Yes to give consent.
  • On the following screen, type the following text code and hit Enter

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

Note – Usually the process gets stuck at 20%. Here, there’s no need to worry as this is a normal phenomenon.

  • When the scanning process gets over, reboot your PC to make the changes effective.
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Sometimes, Bad segments in the Hard Disk causes PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL BSOD error in Windows 10. You need to identify these using the tool Microsoft provides for this purpose also. This utility significantly detects the bad sectors and then rectify accordingly. Proceed with the following guidelines –

  • Press Win+S keys together and call up Taskbar Search on the screen.
  • Type cmd.exe in the box.
  • When Command Prompt prompts, do a right-click on it.
  • From the context menu, select Run as administrator.
  • Once UAC prompts for permission, click on the Yes button.
  • Type the command matching with the shown format- chkdsk [Drive:] [parameters]
  • With the command ‘CHKDSK’, System will only show the disk status but will not fix any issues present.
  • Therefore, we need to specify the command in the following way-   /f /r /x.


“f” will force the utility to fix up found issues from the volume.

Notation “r” will detect the poor sectors in the Hard Disk.

Letter “x” will make the whole volume to dismount before initiating the process. Hence, finally, the command will look like- chkdsk C: /f /r /x

Note – C: is the drive letter where the OS is installed. If you have used other drivers to do the same task, replace the letter with D:, E: and so on.

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13] Clean Junk from the system using Disk Cleanup utility

As the work progresses each day, Windows produces huge unnecessary items, files, caches in it and stores them in Hard Disk Drives. Once gets in bigger volume, Lump of these files occupies huge space and Drive runs in a shortage of free space. Ultimately, the computer will be slower and also cause PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL BSOD errors. Therefore, deleting these junks is a dire need to maintain a healthy working system. Disk Cleanup utility is designed for freeing up space in Hard Drive. The tool will search and analyze each and every component and remove the unnecessary ones.

  • Open the Run dialog by pressing Win+R hotkeys.
  • Type cleanmgr in the text field and press the Enter key.
  • When the box appears, do a click on the dropdown menu and select Drive letter C:  followed by pressing the OK button.
  • Disk Cleanup utility will prompt shortly and examining the amount of space it can recover from the volume.
  • Select the ‘Clean up system files’ from the bottom of the appearing wizard.
  • Choose the same drive letter and allow the Disk Cleanup for (C:) to commence working.
  • Before proceeding this method, ensure you have restored all the important items from Recycle Bin if present.
  • Check all the options except Downloads.
  • Finally, hit the OK button.
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14] Install all possible Windows Updates

Microsoft team have been offering utmost sincerity to grant maximum benefits to the users every time. As a part of this, Updates are available after every definite period and they always have bug fixes inside. Obsolete OS is more likely to cause PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL BSOD error in Windows 10. Therefore, download the available updates using the below instructions –

  • Press Win+I altogether and let Windows Settings appear.
  • Click on Update & Security icon.
  • On the following screen, move along the right side of the Windows Update.
  • You might see ‘You’re up to date” dialog here with the last checked date mentioned.  Nevertheless, hit Check for updates option.
  • At this time, the system will look for available patches for your windows.
  • After finishing the searching process, you will see the details on Settings. Choose Download option under updates are ready to download.

15] Resolve the issues associated with RAM

An incorrect memory, defective Random Access Memory (RAM), the wrong allocation may call up PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL BSOD in Windows 10. Therefore, a perfect solution is mandatory to rectify these issues. Since, scanning the stick is a bit complicated, Memory Diagnostic tool. In this way, your problematic part will be identified and you can resolve it later. Move through the following steps –

  • First of all, make sure that you have saved and closed all the in-progress apps on the device.
  • Press Win+S and allow Taskbar Search to appear.
  • Type Windows Memory Diagnostic and select it from the prompting list.
  • Click on Restart now and check for problems (recommended) from the rolled in Popup menu.
  • When the system starts, it will detect the memory issues.
  • After the process reaches 100%, Windows will reboot by itself.
  • Once it starts up again, you can see the results in the notification area of the taskbar.
  • Alternatively, if you find the above process nonfunctional, just navigate to the following path – Do a right-click on Start Menu => Event Viewer => Windows Log => System.

16] Use Previous System Restore Point to fix PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL

This resolution is optional for utilization since it requires having a previously created Restore Point. Therefore, you can obviously skip this one and follow to next resolution. Upon applying to this solution, the operating system will roll back to a point of no error. Here is the detail of the method –

  • Press Win+R keys and invoke Run dialog box.
  • Type ‘rstrui’ and hit the Enter key.
  • This action will call in System Restore wizard on the screen. Click on the Next option allowing the device to generate your PC’s Restore points.
  • To see more of the restore points, hit the boxes Show more restore points option.
  • Subsequently, choose the last Restore Point you have created on the device
  • Click on the Next option.
  • Lastly, hit the Finish button to initiate the full process.

17] Perform a clean install

It will be really disappointed at the same time frustrating if you could not fix error PROFILER_CONFIGURATION_ILLEGAL using any of the above workarounds. However, we think that there is not a single problem can exist without a solution. Yet we have one more resolution to apply for fixing error code 0x0000017B which can also be called as complete installation of Windows 10. The final remedy if done with utmost perfection will potentially remove all the bugs. Eventually, there will be no chance of any error or issue further.

Furthermore, it would be wiser to save all the necessary files and data in a safe place as Backup. Since this is a professional Workaround, you might seek help from skilled people to accomplish.

1] Disable Automatic Restart
2] Run Blue Screen Troubleshooter
3] Boot the operating system to Safe Mode
4] Eradicate the faulty Windows update files
5] Reconnect the External Hardware Devices
6] Update corrupted Drivers with Device Manager
8] Scan your full system in Windows Security
9] Remove Third-Party Antivirus Program
10] Run Windows System File Checker (“SFC /Scannow”)
11] Run Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool
12] Run CHKDSK Utility
13] Cleaning Junk from the system using Disk Cleanup utility
14] Install all possible Windows Updates
15] Resolve the issues associated with RAM
16] Use Previous System Restore Point
17] Perform a clean install

That’s all!!

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