Steps to Fix DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION in Windows 10

DPC_WATCHDOG_ERROR is one of the most nightmare errors which are faced commonly by the windows user. This error may appear due to incompatible hardware, unsupported firmware or damaged system files.

How to Solve DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION in Windows 10 Manually 

We are suggesting some of the valuable preventive suggestions to avoid this error.

  • Always update your Windows with the latest updates
  • Always install latest drivers for your hardware.
  • Turn off your computer properly. Don’t do force shut down.
  • Schedule your PC for Disk Cleanup, Error checking and ‘optimize and defragment drive’ activities.
  • Install latest version of Intel Management Engine Interface. It is required so that your PC can do proper functioning with maximum efficiency.
  • Always try to use only that software which is compatible with your Windows version.
  • Never Never !!!!! Install latest version of windows on PC having old hardware configuration. This can lead to problem due to incompatible hardware issue.
Got the Sting of DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION Before Prevention?

Before following preventive measures if your PC is trapped in this error, kindly follow the methods below.

Solution 1: Switch Off Fast Startup Option
  • Go to control Panel and Select the View by: Large icon.
  • Click on Power Options
  • On left panel, click “Choose what the power button does”.
  • Click on “Change settings that are currently unavailable”.
  • Uncheck Turn On Fast Startup (recommended).
  • Click Save Changes.
Solution 2: Check your hard drive for bad sectors

This error may also appear due to the presence of bad sectors in drive. If you find any bad sectors on your drive, buy a new one. Regular use of the bad sectors drive will surely lead to the addition of more bad sectors in drive.

Steps to check for bad sectors:

  • Press Windows Logo + X from your keyboard.
  • Click command Prompt (Admin).
  • Type CHKDSK C: /F /R and press Enter.
  • Type Y and press Enter.
  • Restart your computer.
Solution 3: Remove and Reinstall External and Network Drivers

We recommend you to remove the drivers in the safe mode.

Steps to remove drivers in safe mode:

  • Press the Power button of your PC
  • Press F8 or any button which opens a boot menu continuously. The button depends on your hardware.
remove drivers in safe mode
  • From the black screen of options, select Safe Mode option and press Enter.
  • When your PC boots in a safe mode, remove the external drivers and network drivers. (To do this, Right click on This PC and click Properties. Click on Device Manager from the left pane.)
  • After uninstall, install the latest drivers again and restart your PC.

This is the most common solution of this problem which works in most of the cases.

Solution 4: Fix corrupted system files of Windows

To fix corrupted system files which can cause DPC_Watchdog_VIOLATION, follow the steps.

  • Disconnect your internet as well all other network connections.
  • Disable your antivirus program.
  • Press Windows Logo + X from your keyboard.
  • Click command Prompt (Admin).
  • Type SFC /SCANNOW and press Enter.
  • Wait till the process completes.
  • Restart your PC.
Solution 5: Perform a System Restore of your PC

If you think that your latest installed software or driver is causing this problem, you can perform a system restore.

  • Restart your PC in a safe mode
  • Restore your PC to a previously saved restore point

To perform a system restore,

  • Press Windows Logo + X from your keyboard.
  • Click Search.
  • Enter Control Panel in the search box.
  • Click Control Panel.
  • Enter Recovery in the control panel search box.
  • Click on Recovery.
  • Click on Open System Restore.
  • Kindly follow the steps on the Wizard to perform a System Restore.
Solution 6: Reset or Reinstall your installed windows 

This is the final solution in case all the above stated solutions fails to solve the problem.

Reset your PC without affecting any personal files

  • Go to control Panel and Select the View by: Large icon.
  • Click on Recovery.
  • Click on “If you’re having problems with your PC, go to Settings and try resetting it”.
  • In Reset this PC, click on Get started button.
  • Click on Keep my files and follow the instructions to reset your PC

Re-installation of Windows

  • Go to control Panel and Select the View by: Large icon.
  • Click on Recovery.
  • Click on “If you’re having problems with your PC, go to Settings and try resetting it”.
  • In Advanced startup, click on Restart now button.


We recommend you to kindly take backup of your important data of the drive on which windows is installed. You may also require bootable disc or pen drive at the time of re-installation.

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