DPC Watchdog Violation Error is perhaps one of the worst problems that you and your system can face. It isn’t merely a work stoppage like other computer issues, it literally dumps your system and restarts it right when you are working on it. ‘DPC_Watchdog_Violation’ commonly observed blue screen of death (BSOD) error.
While, usually it is believed that the error indicated that the Operating System has failed, that is not always the issue. Indeed, no one can predict what might be affecting the system exactly. It usually gets resolved without re-installing the Operating System and sometimes even a re-install fails to improve upon the situation.
However, since a re-install is time-consuming and anyways the last recommended step, we could try a linear and logical troubleshooting to save time.
What is the reason behind the ‘DPC Watchdog Violation Error’?
The reason could be anything from a missed Windows Update to corrupt drivers, hardware incompatibility, Operating System failure or an obsolete firmware.
SOLVED: DPC_Watchdog_Violation Error
A step by step troubleshooting for this issue is as followed. Just complete each and every step so that you can solve this error occurring on your PC.
Step 1: Turn Off Fast Startup
Make sure that you are logged on to the system as an Administrator. Usually you would be. Then follow the procedure as suggested below.
1. Go to Control panel and set the view type to ‘Large Icons’.
2. Click on the ‘Power Options’ icon.
3. Click on the option ‘Choose what the power button does’.
4. Click on the option ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable’.
5. Uncheck the icon which mentions ‘Turn Off Fast Startup’.
Step 2: Checkdisk for Hard Drive Related Issues
Again making sure that you are logged in as an administrator, follow the steps as below.
1. Open the Command Prompt and type the command CHKDSK C: /F /R and press enter.
3. Restart the system.
Step 3: Remove and re-add the drivers from safe mode
Another possibility for the DPC Watchdog Violation aka dpc_watchdog_violation Error might be a few corrupt divers that might be interrupting. Ideally, this issue should be fixed by a mere Widows Update but not if the latest version was corrupt itself. You won’t even be able to detect that. Thus, try the below method.
1. Restart your PC and keep pressing F8 while it restarts. It would open the boot selection menu.
2. Open the OS in ‘Safe Mode’.
Step 4: Restore Your System
In case the blue screen error is due to a recent change to the system, a system restore might help.
1. Search ‘system restore’ in the Windows Search Bar.
2. Go through the restore wizard.
However, system restore has rarely helped in case of blue screen errors such as DPC Watchdog Violation aka dpc_watchdog_violation.
Step 5: Re-install Windows
If unfortunately everything else fails, one might have to re-install the operating system itself.
1. Start your system in Safe Mode.
Once you have followed the above-mentioned steps, I am pretty sure that you would no longer be facing theDPC Watchdog Violation aka dpc_watchdog_violation error again. If in case, the tutorial didn’t work for you, comment below and I will personally help you out.