How to Fix DPC Watchdog Violation Error in Windows? – Here’s Solution!

Over the past two decades, technology has risen to quite an extent. Now, there are a number of mobile phone and computer operating systems running on their respective devices. All of these operating systems follow certain protocols for running in a secure manner. If these protocols are not fulfilled, the user receives technical errors on their devices. One such error is the DPC Watchdog violation error.  DPC_Watchdog_Violation error is a Windows error which leads to the “blue screen of death” on the user’s computer display.

Random errors in computer systems are very annoying, especially for a novice person. Most of these errors constantly appear on the computer screen and usually do not come with any troubleshooting help without reading them over the internet or finding a computer expert who could fix them. In the same way, the Watchdog Violation error constantly appears on the screen as well.

DPC Watchdog Violation

The error usually leads to a blank screen on the display and a certain text is written on it. The text displays the DPC Watchdog error along with it a timer which says “the computer will be restarted in 10 seconds.”

The error started out from Windows 8 systems but also occurs on Windows 10 systems DPC_Watchdog_Violation Windows 10.

DPC Watchdog Violation

This is quite surprising as Windows 10 is the latest of all Windows versions and the users expect to not face this error on it. Nonetheless, as we read through this article, we will study the error in detail and also come across the methods used to fix it.

What does the DPC Watchdog Violation error mean?

As previously mentioned, Watchdog Violation is an error which occurs in Windows systems. The error has no particular timing as it pops up at random times while the user is working on the system. Here, the user is shown a blue screen of death where the user can’t do anything but stare. The blue screen of death (BSOD) comes up with a text saying “Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart” and beneath it a timer for the computer restart and also an error text saying DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION. Sometimes the error goes in a loop and continuously shows up and restarts the computer after it has been turned on.

The error usually occurs on systems running on Windows version 8, 8.1 and 10. However, Windows 10 users have been said to be facing the DPC Watchdog Violation Win 10 error the most out of the lot.

What causes the DPC Watchdog Violation error?

According to our research, various computer glitches could be involved leading to the DPC Watchdog Violation Windows 10 error. However, the most common cause here is the instability in the hardware components of the computer facing the problem.

Users who have recently downloaded and upgraded to Windows 10 on their system are likely to face this error as the hardware components usually miss out on the update. The chipset drivers, SSDs, HDDs, sound cards are usually left in their older status as they were when the system was running an older version of Windows.

How to fix the DPC Watchdog Violation error?

No doubt that the DPC Watchdog error is a very complicated error. Usually, when users face this error, they feel like fixing this error would only be computer expert’s job and that they will have to spend a huge amount of money to get out of the computer restarting loop. However, there are various fixes to the problem everyone could manually try out. These fixes have been tested by genuine people facing the problem and most of them have been able to fix their issue. So, let us get on with it.

  • Disconnect the connected external drives/devices;

In some cases, the fix for the DPC Watchdog Violation error is as simple as removing the connected external devices and drives. Although the error is usually not caused by external systems, sometimes the external devices connected could contain malware or drives not supported properly by the system. This could lead to the BSOD Watchdog Violation error. Therefore, users may also try this to fix the error on their system.

  • Check Hard Drive corruptions;

As the DPC Watchdog Violation Win 10 is usually seen as an error caused by corrupted hardware components, the first in computer fix to the error involves checking for corrupted hard drives and fixing them if manually fixable. Here is how you do it.

  1. While on the home screen, press the Windows key on your keyboard or hover your mouse over the Windows logo in the bottom left corner of the screen.
  2. Now, type “CMD” in the search bar.
  3. From the search results, right click on the Command Prompt application and click on “Run as Administrator”.
  4. Once Command Prompt is open, type the command “chkdsk c: /f /r” and press Enter.
  5. Now, Command Prompt will display a confirmation message on your screen. Here, press “Y” and press Enter.
  6. After confirming, Command Prompt will allow you to check the hard drives once you restart your computer. If any hard drive errors are found, look for the solutions and fix them.
  • Update driver firmware;

As previously mentioned, sometimes an older version of chipset drivers could lead to the Windows 10 Watchdog error. Well, if this is the case, the error can easily be fixed manually provided a stable internet connection is available to the system facing the problem. Here is how you do it.

  1. Open Control Panel on the system facing the error.
  2. Locate and go to Device Manager.
  3. On Device Manager, locate the words “IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers’’ from the list and click on them.
  4. Now, an option saying AMD SATA Controller or Standard AHCI Controller should appear as a sub-point to the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers. Right click on the option and click on “Scan for Hardware Changes”.
  5. The computer will now scan for necessary hardware changes in the computer. If found any, perform them. If not, carry on to the next step.
  6. Now, right click on AMD SATA Controller/Standard AHCI Controller again and click on “Update Driver Software..”. This will update your chipset drivers from the web. Then, restart your computer again and check whether the error has been fixed or not.
  • Update HDD/SSD Firmware;

This is another updating fix to the error. Here, the user must have access to the internet again as they will have to download the updated firmware from their HDD/SSD’s manufacturer’s website. To perform the update, the following steps are followed:

  1. Locate My Computer/This PC on your Computer’s home screen, right click on it and select the Properties option.
  2. Now, a Computer Management windows should open on your Computer. Here, go to Device Manager.
  3. On Device Manager, you will see a list of the hardware components installed on your computer. Locate the name along with the model number of your SSD/HDD and note it down.
  4. After noting down, head to the manufacturer’s website from your system’s default browser.
  5. Now, search for the updates available for your SSD/HDD. If found any, download and install them on your PC to see if that fixes the error for you.
  • Troubleshoot System File Glitches;

In some cases, a download file via the internet, a transferred file from an external drive on an installed Windows file could create glitches leading to the Watchdog Violation error. To fix this, one could scan and fix the system’s files. To do this, the following steps must be performed.

  1. Open Command Prompt on your system.
  2. Once opened, type the command “SFC /scannow” and press Enter. Now, the computer should automatically start scanning the system’s files and fix them as well if possible.
  3. Once the scanning process is complete and the listed errors are troubleshot, restart your computer to check whether the problem has been fixed or not.
  • Format Computer Data

This fix is the last manual resort one could try to fix the DPC Watchdog Violation Windows 10 error. Although it is very unlikely that none of the above methods fix the error, some users have reported to still face the problem after properly executing them. So, the user may try to format the computer data completely here after backing up the useful data in an external device. This should surely fix your problem.


DPC Watchdog Violation is a computer error faced by Windows 8, 8.1, 10 users especially after upgrading their Windows version. The error is most common in Windows 10 systems and pops up with a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) as DPC Watchdog Violation Win 10. In the article above, we have discussed the cause and manual fixes of the error in detail. These fixes have been tried by genuine users and have worked for almost all of them.