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How to Fix DPC Watchdog Violation System Service Exception Stop Code

DPC Watchdog Violation

What Is DPC Watchdog Violation System Service Exception Stop Code?

The DPC Watchdog Violation System Service Exception Stop Code in Windows is an indication of the blue screen of death. DPC is an acronym for Deferred Procedure Call. DPC is a tool by Microsoft Windows, which allows primary tasks to delay executing the necessary secondary tasks. As such, it arranges the processing of device drivers reasonably.

DPC Watchdog Timer, on the other hand, is the Windows tool monitoring DPC’s performance. It detects if a DPC routine is running for long. Therefore, if a routine runs for long exceeding the time limit, an error of the DPC Watchdog Violation occurs.

What Causes the DPC Watchdog Violation System Service Exception Stop Code?

The DPC Watchdog Violation is caused mainly by your computer’s hardware and software incompatibility from:

  • An update installation
  • Driver installation
  • Software installation
  • An external hardware connection

Fixing DPC Watchdog Violation System Service Exception Stop Code

The solutions to fixing DPC Watchdog Violation vary. You can try any of the methods below.

Method 1: Fixing DPC Watchdog Violation System Service Exception Stop Code after an Update Installation

For this method, you have to directly uninstall the update you installed before you started experiencing the error. You will also have to first go into WinRe (Windows Recovery Environment) then enter Safe Mode.

To proceed to Windows 10 Safe Mode, follow these steps:

  1. To shut down your computer, press and hold the power button for 10 seconds.
  2. Start it again by pressing the power button and when the Windows logo appears,hold the power button again for 10 seconds to turn it off.
  3. Repeat the step above once more.
  4. Start your computer again only this time do not interrupt it. Your computer will go into WinRE.
  5. On the screen showing Choose an option, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  6. Upon restarting, an option list will be displayed. Press F5 to boot using the Safe Mode with Networking option.

From the Safe Mode with Networking, you can then uninstall the update that may have caused the DPC Watchdog Violation issue. Proceed by following these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Control Panel by searching and clicking on it from the results that appear from the search bar.
  2. From the Control Panel Window, select Programs and Features then from the left side, click on View installed updates.
  3. Check for the most recent update before you experienced the issue.
  4. Select the update and right-click on it. Select Uninstall then select Yeswhen prompted for confirmation to continue.
  5. Once the uninstallation process is done, restart your computer and see if the issue has been resolved.

Scenario: Encountered the DPC Watchdog Violation While Using the Computer

If you received the error while using the computer, think back on whether you connected an external device, updated a driver, or installed a software. If so, detach the external hardware attached, uninstall/disable/roll back the driver, or uninstall the software.

Method 2: Detach Any External Devices

Detach any unnecessary hardware attached to your computer and then restart it. However, if you still encounter the error, you will have to uninstall any recent software or software.

Method 3: Uninstalling Any Recently Installed Software

To do so, you will have to go into Safe Mode as in Method 1 then follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Start > Settings > Apps > Apps & features.
  2. Identify the Program you recently installed and click on it then select Uninstall.
  3. Restart your computer and see if the issue has been resolved.

Method 4: Changing the SATA AHCI Controller

In most cases, the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers cause the DPC Watchdog Violation System Service Exception Stop Code error. These are the drivers that control the memory and storage device’s data exchange. Therefore, changing the driver could solve the issue.

Follow these steps to continue:

  1. Navigate to the device manager by searching and clicking on it from the results that appear from the search bar.
  2. Expand/Extend IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers.
  3. Right-click on Standard SATA AHCI Controller and, select Properties from the drop-down menu.
  4. Head over to the Driver tab and click on Driver Details.
  5. Ensure the iaStorA.sys is listed as a driver and then click on OK. If the driver file is namedstorahci.sys, try to automatically update it and then restart your computer.
  6. Click on Update Driver and then choose the Browse my computer for driver software option.
  7. Click on Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.
  8. Select the driver and then click on Next.
  9. Restart your computer.

Method 5: Uninstall/Disable/Rollback Driver

In Windows 10, the DPC Watchdog Violation System Service Exception Stop Code error could be caused by any recently installed driver. In this case, you could uninstall/disable/rollback the driver by:

  1. Navigate to the device manager by searching and clicking on it from the results that appear from the search bar.
  2. Expanding/Extending the device containing the driver you want to change.
  3. Right-click on the driver and select Properties from the dropdown menu.
  4. Head over to the Driver tab and select Roll Back Driver, Disable Device, or Uninstall Device.

Method 6: Scanning and Fixing the System Files

Damaged or corrupted system files could result in the DPC Watchdog Violation error. Therefore, you can check and make sure your Windows system files are okay by:

  1. Type cmd in the Windows search bar.
  2. Right-click on the best match and select Run as administrator.
  3. In the open command prompt window, type sfc/scannow and press Enter.
  4. A scan will begin and any corrupt file found repaired.
  5. Lastly, restart your computer and see if the issue is resolved.

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