Troubleshooting Guide: Fixing The I/O Operation Has Been Aborted Errors in Thread Exits or Application Requests

The I/O operation has been aborted error usually occurs when a thread exits, or an application requests to cancel an I/O operation. This error can be caused by several factors, such as a sudden termination of an application or an issue with the system's input/output (I/O) management. This guide will help you troubleshoot and fix this error, ensuring your application runs smoothly.

Table of Contents

  1. Understanding the Error
  2. Common Causes of the Error
  3. Step-by-Step Troubleshooting Guide
  4. FAQs

Understanding the Error

The The I/O operation has been aborted error is associated with the Windows system error code ERROR_OPERATION_ABORTED (995). This error occurs when an I/O operation is interrupted or canceled, causing the system to return this error message. Understanding the nature of this error is essential for finding a solution.

Common Causes of the Error

There are several common causes for this error:

  1. Sudden termination of an application
  2. Incomplete or failed installation of an application
  3. Corrupted system files
  4. Outdated or incompatible drivers
  5. Hardware or software conflicts

Step-by-Step Troubleshooting Guide

Follow these steps to troubleshoot and fix the The I/O operation has been aborted error:

Step 1: Check for Application Updates

Outdated applications can cause conflicts and errors. Ensure that you have the latest version of the application installed.

  1. Visit the application's official website or Microsoft Store.
  2. Check for updates and download the latest version if available.
  3. Install the update and restart your computer.

Step 2: Reinstall the Application

If the error persists, try reinstalling the application to ensure a clean installation.

  1. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog.
  2. Type appwiz.cpl and press Enter to open the Programs and Features window.
  3. Find the problematic application in the list, right-click on it, and select Uninstall.
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Download the latest version of the application and install it.

Step 3: Update Your System Drivers

Outdated or incompatible drivers can cause the error. Update your system drivers to resolve the issue.

  1. Press Win + X and select Device Manager.
  2. Expand each category and look for devices with a yellow triangle icon.
  3. Right-click on the problematic device and select Update Driver.
  4. Choose "Search automatically for updated driver software" and follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. Restart your computer after updating the drivers.

Step 4: Run System File Checker (SFC)

Corrupted system files can cause the error. Run the System File Checker to scan and repair corrupted system files.

  1. Press Win + X and select Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin).
  2. Type sfc /scannow and press Enter.
  3. Wait for the scanning process to complete.
  4. Restart your computer if any issues are found and fixed.

Step 5: Perform a Clean Boot

A clean boot can help you identify if a third-party application or service is causing the error.

  1. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog.
  2. Type msconfig and press Enter to open the System Configuration window.
  3. Navigate to the Services tab, check "Hide all Microsoft services," and click "Disable all."
  4. Go to the Startup tab and click "Open Task Manager."
  5. Disable all startup items and close Task Manager.
  6. Click OK on the System Configuration window and restart your computer.

If the error no longer occurs, enable services and applications one by one to identify the culprit. Uninstall or update the problematic application or service.


1. What is an I/O operation?

An I/O operation (Input/Output operation) refers to any process where data is transferred between a computer or device and an external storage medium.

2. How can I prevent this error from happening in the future?

To prevent this error, keep your system and applications up to date, regularly scan for and repair corrupted system files, and maintain up-to-date drivers.

3. Can a hardware issue cause this error?

Yes, hardware issues such as a failing hard drive or faulty cables can cause this error. If you suspect a hardware issue, consult a professional for assistance.

4. Can malware cause this error?

Malware can cause various system errors, including the The I/O operation has been aborted error. Run a malware scan using a reputable antivirus program and remove any detected threats.

5. Can I manually cancel an I/O operation?

Yes, you can manually cancel an I/O operation by terminating the associated application or process. However, doing so can cause errors or data loss. It is best to let the operation complete or use the proper method to stop the operation provided by the application.

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