Have you ever been confronted with any blue screen of death error on your Windows computer? More particularly, the DPC Watchdog Violation error in Windows 10!
The blue screen of death error or its shorter name: BSOD, is the most common error in a Windows computer. It’s quite annoying as in most cases, this error prevents users from accessing their PCs. That is why we need to boot into Safe Mode to diagnose and troubleshoot because the regular Windows mode is inaccessible.
In this post, I’m going to give you a few practical solutions to get rid of this DPC Watchdog Violation error in Windows 10.
How To Fix Windows 10 DPC Watchdog Violation BSOD Error
Based on my knowledge, most BSOD errors are caused by corrupted system files and drivers, or hardware failure. That are two main reasons that lead to blue screen errors, including this one.
So before applying any methods to fix DPC Watchdog Violation error, you should download WhoCrashed or BlueScreenView to find out the origin of this error. Both applications can be used to locate the log files of crashes, analyze them and point out which system file or driver has caused the blue screen error.
To download those apps, click on the following links and then install on your Windows 10 PC to use. Of course, your PC must be booted into Safe Mode with Networking to download these apps.
Helpful Solutions To Fix Windows 10 DPC Watchdog Violation BSOD Error
1. Update Your Solid State Drive (SSD) Firmware
When getting DPC Watchdog Violation error in Windows 10, the first thing you should check is the firmware of your solid state drive (also known as SSD). However, if you don’t have an SSD on your computer, then just skip this solution and move to the next one.
To update the firmware for your SSD, go to the manufacturer’s website, download the latest version of firmware and update. If you don’t know how to update SSD firmware, read this article. Similarly, each manufacturer will have detailed instructions to help you upgrade or reinstall SSD firmware. Find out further from the manufacturer’s website.
2. Adjust IDE ATA/ATAPI Controller Driver
By changing the driver of the IDE ATA/ATAPI controller to another version, your Windows 10 computer will no longer receive this DPC Watchdog Violation error.
To do so, press Windows + X and then hit the M key on your keyboard to open the Device Manager.
Expand the IDE ATA/ATAPI controller and select the one named “SATA AHCI“.
Then right-click on it and choose the Properties option. You can also double-click on it to open the Properties option quickly.
Switch to the Driver tab and then click on the Driver Details button. Next, make sure it’s “iastor.sys“, or maybe “iastorA.sys” in some cases.
In the next step, back to Device Manager, select the IDE ATA/ATAPI controller named “SATA AHCI” again, right-click on it and choose “Update Driver Software“.
Next, choose the “Browse my computer for the driver software” option, and then select the “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer” option.
After that, choose the “Standard SATA AHCI Controller” option from the list and then install the driver.
Once that’s done, reboot your Windows 10 computer and check again whether the DPC Watchdog Violation error is gone or not.
As I mentioned above, sometimes this type of blue screen error is caused by other corrupted system files or drivers. So, based on the information you found from the report of BlueScreenView or WhoCrashed, it will be easier to diagnose and troubleshoot.
If you have any questions about this DPC Watchdog Violation error on your Windows 10 computer, please send me a message or drop your comment below, I will try to help you as soon as I can.