DPC Watchdog Violation is a common Blue Screen error that often occurs in Windows OS. It is most common in PCs with Windows 8. 8.1 or 10. The error occurs when you start your computer. A blue screen appears saying that your PC needs to restart due to a problem. After the computer restarts, the error may occur again causing a restart loop.
In this article we are going to show how to fix DPC Watchdog Violation error.
Cause of the DPC Watchdog Violation
The DPC Watchdog Violation may result for various reasons. However in most of the cases it occurs due to hardware issues or driver incompatibility. As this error is most frequent in Windows 8. 8.1 and 10, the fast startup option of this newer operating systems may also cause the error. However, there is no reliable source (not even Microsoft) which clarifies the reason for the error massage. In the internet forums people has mentioned various reasons – starting from their antivirus to modems and touchpads for causing DPC Watchdog Violation.
Solutions for DPC Watchdog Violation
There is no definite solution for DPC Watchdog Violation error. Different methods work for different PCs. Here we are going to list the best methods to solve the problem. Try to see which works for you.
Solution 1: Check for driver or external device errors
In Control Panel search for Device Manger. Then examine the list of installed devices. If you see any yellow exclamation mark beside any device driver, right click and let Windows find an update for the driver. If the update fails, right click on the driver again and click disable. Restart your PC to see if the problem is solved.
Also, you should try to unplug any external device, uninstall their drivers and restart your PC to find out if the DPC Watchdog Error is being caused by this external device.
Solution 2: Disable your antivirus
Right click on your antivirus program form the taskbar and look for a way to disable it. Also go to the settings of your antivirus program and turn off all protection options. Now restart your PC. (Note that if this solves your problem then you should use a different antivirus program.)
Solution 3: Disable fast startup
Go to Control Panel and search for Power Options. Then click on Choose what the power buttons do. Then click Change settings that are currently unavailable. There you will see an option titled Fast startup. Disable this by removing the check mark.
Solution 4: Uninstall the touchpad driver
Strangely many laptop users have reported that uninstalling their touchpad driver has solved the DPC Watchdog Violation. To do so, go to the Device Manager. Then click on Mice and other pointing devices. If your touchpad is listed here, right click and uninstall. Restart your PC.
Solution 5: Check your hard drive
Right click on your C drive (or in the drive where your OS is installed). Go to Properties > Tools. Click on Check now. Mark both the check boxes and click Start. In the nexe dialogue box click Schedule disk check then restart the PC.
Solution 6: Repair system files
In the start menu search for Command prompt. Right click and select Run as an administrator. Now type exactly: SFC /SCANNOW and hit enter key. After the checking is complete restart your computer.
Solution 7: Reinstall all network drivers
First find out how to start your PC in Safe mode. Once you are in safe mode, open the Device manager and disable all drivers under the title Network adaptors (by right clicking on their names). Restart your PC in normal mode. If the DPC Watchdog Violation is solved, uninstall the network drivers (from the Device manager) and reinstall the latest versions. (Note that once you uninstall the network drivers, your PC won’t be able to connect to the broadband internet. You must download the drivers using another PC and transfer the installation files to yours. So take a note of the driver names before uninstalling.)
Solution 8: Reinstall Windows
This is not really a solution. But if nothing works, you must reinstall a fresh version of Windows form a Windows DVD.
Hopefully one of the above solutions has worked for you.
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