Some Windows users are frustrated after experiencing frequent, seemingly random critical crashes. Some users are finding constant Event Ids in Event Viewer with the following error after looking into this problem: Trait setting error on provider 8444a4fb-d8d3-4f38-84f8-89960a1ef12f. According to reports, this issue affects Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.
This particular problem has been thoroughly investigated, and it has been determined that a number of different factors may have contributed to the appearance of this error code. Here is a quick list of possible offenders who could be to blame for this problem:
- Missing Important Windows Update – Many affected users report that this issue is caused by a missing Windows update that contains the hotfix for this problem. A number of affected users who had previously experienced the same problem have confirmed that installing all pending updates helped them resolve it.
- Remaining GPU driver files – It turns out that you may also experience this issue as a result of an inconsistency with the current graphics driver that your OS is using. In this situation, you should make use of a third-party tool that can remove any leftover files before reinstalling the most recent GPU driver.
- Faulty RAM module – In some cases, you can anticipate seeing this error appear if you’re dealing with a faulty RAM module that can no longer manage the allocation of temporary files. In this situation, you need to use the Windows Memory Diagnostic to stress test your memory sticks and replace them if you find that you have faulty hardware.
- System File Corruption – You might occasionally encounter this kind of error when your system is dealing with a file corruption that is causing the event errors to appear in Event Viewer. You should try running two tools (DISM and SFC) that can correct the most common types of system file corruption in order to resolve this issue.
- Power draw problem – If you recently upgraded your components without upgrading your PSU, or if you have many connected devices that draw power from it. A number of affected users who were previously experiencing the same problem have resolved it either by unplugging unused devices or by switching to a more powerful PSU.
Now that you are aware of every scenario that could be the source of the error message “Error Setting Traits on Provider,” the following list of potential solutions that other affected users have successfully used to resolve this issue is provided:
Method 1: Installing all pending Windows Updates (If Applicable)
As it turns out, some affected users have stated that after installing every pending Windows update that was waiting to be installed, their particular problem was resolved.
Start by installing each pending update until you have brought your Windows 10 computer up to date if it isn’t already.
Here is a quick tutorial that will take you step-by-step through the process of installing each and every pending update on your Windows 10 computer:
- Pressing the Windows key and R will bring up the Run dialogue box. Enter “ms-settings:windowsupdate” into the text field to bring up the windows update screen. Click Yes to grant administrative access when the UAC (User Account Control) asks you to do so. check for updates under
- Next, install each pending update by adhering to the on-screen instructions.
- Restart your computer one last time after installing all of the pending updates, and then look in the Event Viewer for any fresh occurrences of the Error setting traits on Provider 8444a4fb-d8d3-4f38-84f8-89960a1ef12f.
Continue to the next possible solution below if the issue is still present.
Method 2: Reinstalling the GPU Driver After Removing Any Leftover Files
Some impacted users claim that your GPU driver’s inconsistency may cause you to experience the Error setting traits on Provider ‘8444a4fb-d8d3-4f38-84f8-89960a1ef12f’ problem. This issue is typically reported to arise following the installation of a new driver version.
If this situation applies, you should take the time to install and use the Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU) third-party utility to completely remove the current GPU driver and every related dependency in order before cleanly installing the most recent version from scratch.
If you want step-by-step directions on how to utilise the DDU utility to repair possibly corrupted GPU driver files before reinstalling the dedicated GPU drivers, refer to the following list of instructions:
- Launch your default browser and go to the Display Driver Uninstaller’s official download page.
- After entering, click on one of the download mirrors in the download section to start the download.
- After the download is finally finished, extract the DDU archive’s contents using a programme like 7Zip, WinRar, or WinZip.
- Following the successful extraction of the archive’s contents, right-click the DDU installer and select Run as Administrator from the context menu. Then, click Yes to give the utility administrative access.
- In the DDU utility, select GPU from the drop-down menu for Select device type. After that, select Clean and restart to start the cleanup procedure.
- If the utility does not suggest a restart automatically after the operation is finished, reboot manually.
- After the subsequent startup is complete, go to the website of the GPU manufacturer and download the most recent graphics driver version for your specific model:
Drivers for AMD, Intel, and Nvidia
- After the driver has been installed successfully, restart your computer and check the Event Viewer at the next time the operating system starts to see if the Error setting traits on Provider 8444a4fb-d8d3-4f38-84f8-89960a1ef12f are still occurring.
Method 3: Examining / Replacing RAM Modules.
As it turns out, a failing memory stick that prevents temporary data from being stored temporarily is another potential problem that may be to blame for the appearance of the Error setting traits on Provider 8444a4fb-d8d3-4f38-84f8-89960a1ef12f error message.
However, you should take the time to make sure that you are actually working with a bad memory before deciding to replace your RAM sticks. To do this, run a stress test on your RAM using the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool to determine whether you have any faulty hardware.
To make things simpler for you, adhere to the guidelines below to use the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool to test your RAM:
- Pressing the Windows key and R will bring up the Run dialogue box. Enter “mdsched” in the text field, then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to launch the administrator-only Windows Memory Diagnostic tool.
- Click Restart Now and look for issues after you’ve finally reached the Windows Memory Diagnostic issue.
- Your computer will boot directly into the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool the next time it is powered on. Automatically, the scan will begin; when it does, be patient and wait for it to finish.
- If the scan reveals that you have a RAM problem, your only option is to purchase a new RAM stick or sticks.
Move down to the next method below for additional methods of resolving the Error setting traits on Provider 8444a4fb-d8d3-4f38-84f8-89960a1ef12f if the scan you just performed inside the Windows Memory Diagnostics tool didn’t reveal any underlying problems with your RAM.
Method 4: SFC and DISM System File Repair
Keep in mind that this specific problem is occasionally linked to a certain kind of system file corruption, so the next step is to run a few tools that can repair corrupted system files (if all the methods above have failed or where applicable).
If you haven’t already, you should spend some time running SFC (System File Checker) and DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) scans in quick succession to find and repair OS files that are only superficially corrupted and could be a factor in the appearance of the error traits on Provider 8444a4fb-d8d3-4f38-84f8-89960a1ef12f events in Event Viewer.
To get the best results and increase your chances of fixing the corrupted instances, we advise running both utilities quickly after one another.
SFC scans are a good place to start because they are typically quicker and don’t require you to keep a steady Internet connection.
Restart your computer after the SFC scan is finished, and after the subsequent startup has finished, start a DISM scan.
Restart your computer after the second scan is finished to check if the problem with new Event Viewer events being created with the Provider error trait set to Error has been resolved.
Continue to the next possible solution below if the issue is still present.
Method 5: Using to Address the Power Draw Issue (If Applicable)
If the Kernel-Power 41 (63) error is mentioned in the Event Viewer with the Error setting traits on Provider, your system is likely experiencing a power draw issue. Your system is likely experiencing this because it is unable to draw enough power to support all connected peripherals and components.
If this scenario applies, you have three options for resolving the problem:
- Disconnect unnecessary peripherals – If you have a lot of peripherals that could drain your PSU, start by unplugging the ones that are not necessary. Then, check Event Viewer to see if the error has reappeared.
- Purchase a USB hub with an external power source – If you’re having this problem with a laptop or ultrabook or you don’t want to spend money on a high-end PSU, a USB hub that draws power from external sources is a cost-effective alternative. This ought to reduce the workload on your PS and prevent the emergence of new errors of this nature.
- Get a more powerful PSU – The long-term solution is to get a more powerful PSU to support your components and component peripherals if you are experiencing Error setting traits on Provider on a desktop configuration and you are certain that this issue is occurring due to a power draw issue.