How to Fix DPC Watchdog Violation Error in Windows

You hate to see that blue colored Windows error we call as BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) or simply the watchdog violation error.

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It appears with a countdown as well that feels more like a detonator with a message, “It’ll restart in: 5 seconds”.

The error appears anytime! You might be in the middle of a very important assignment and DANG…All your programs are automatically closed and you lose all the unsaved work.

The problem is not only faced by windows 8 users but also windows 10. Hundreds of thousands of users have reported the DPC watchdog violation error in windows and unfortunately the only fix is to restart the computer.

Why the Error Occurs?

The most obvious and common reason could be your SSD drive with old firmware that is not supported by your Windows. Outdated drivers of any of the hardware components may also cause BSOD to surprise you any time.

Some users even reported that when they plugged in their headphones, the blue screen appeared with Watchdog Violation error. This occurred mainly because their sound card drive doesn’t support their Windows version.

Another reason could be those software installations that directly affect the system’s software. They usually result in corrupted system file and the blue screen error appears.

How to Fix it?

There are multiple ways to fix DPC Watchdog violation error in windows. Here are a few explained:

1: Turn Off Fast Startup

Right click on the Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen and tap on Control Panel. Set it to View by Large Icons.

control panel

Next, open Power Options and click “Choose What the Power Buttons Do” link from the left tab.

choose what power buttons do

From this window, click on “Change Settings That Are Currently Unavailable.”

turn off fast start up

Finally uncheck the “Turn on Fast Startup” option, save changes and you’re done.

2: Check for Corrupted Hardware

Once again, right click on the Windows icon and click on “Open Command Prompt as Administrator”.

command prompt admin

Type  CHKDSK C: /F /R and hit the enter button.

type chkdsk

Type Y and again hit the Enter button.


Restart your computer and hopefully the error will be gone.

3: Restoring the System

This is pretty simple and works most of the time.

You need to enter in Safe Mode. To enter safe mode, press F8 key continuously after pressing the power button. From the given options, select Safe Mode with command prompt and hit enter.

Restore the PC in previous restore point. To do this, type rstrui.exe in command prompt and press Enter.

This will open the system restore windows.

From here choose restore point and restore the system.

4: Re-Install Your Windows

Once again you need to enter in Safe Mode.

Go to PC Setting, Update and Recovery and Recovery.

From here you can either reset the Windows or re-install it. This requires a windows bootable disk or pendrive.

5: Scan for Hard Changes

Right click on the Windows icon and tap on Device Manager.

device manager

From the new Window, go to IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers, explore it, right click on the driver installed and click Properties.

IDE controller properties

Go to the Driver’s tab. Click on Update Driver Software and tap on “Browse my computer for Driver Software.

browse my computer

Click on Let me pick from a list of device drivers installed on my computer.

let me pick

From here, check the “Show compatible hardware” and select “Standard SATA AHCI Controller” and finally hit the next button.


Allow your Windows to update the software.

Once done, restart your computer and the error will be gone.

How you can Prevent DPC Watchdog Violation Error?

Here are a few remedies to keep check of:

  • Always shut down your PC or laptop properly.
  • Never force your PC to shut down. Allow the programs to close down first.
  • If your PC says Update & Shut down, always select that option. Some drivers or software need upgrades.
  • Keep your windows updated.
  • Keep the drivers up to date.
  • Remember to use the latest version of intel management engine interface and keep it up to date.
  • Resolve any errors on your PC ASAP.

The above-mentioned five solutions work perfectly to fix DPC watchdog violation error in Windows. Let us know which one worked out for you in the comment section. If you know of better solutions, don’t hesitate to share with us.