How can I fix "Driver PNP Watchdog" error if window's won't boot?

After a recent update around May 8th, my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro will no longer boot. The initial error is "No bootable device - please insert boot disk and press any key". 

I played around with every bios setting imaginable but still get the same error.

I used the Media creator tool to create a Win10 bootable flash drive.

After using that to boot, the Windows logo shows up and the dotted circle will go around for about 3 minutes before I get a bsod with stop code
Driver PNP Watchdog, then it reboots and goes again doing the same thing.

So I guess I have 2 issues, the No bootable device and the Watchdog.

I'm not able to get to any sort of recovery or start up screen. I can use the OKR key to get to the NOVO button menu:

Normal Startup

BIOS Setup

Boot Menu

System Recovery

Results are as follows:

Normal Startup = "No bootable device..."

BIOS Setup = Bios options

Boot Menu = "No bootable device..."

System Recovery = "No bootable device..."

Any ideas?

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Does it have a removable battery? If so, try removing it then attempt boot from reinstall media then attempt a custom install.

Go to a working computer, download, create a bootable copy, then perform a clean install.

Step 1: How to download official Windows 10 ISO files
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki...

Step 2: How to: Perform a clean install of Windows 10
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/wiki...

If there are files on the drive you want to recover, see - How to: Perform a Custom install of Windows 10
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/wiki...
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Ok so per your instructions I removed the battery. 

I then tried booting up using the Win10 bootable usb drive I created using the media creator tool.

Unfortunately the result is the same as before.

I have noticed that the usb flash drive lights up like it's being accessed once the laptop goes to the windows logo screen. During this time the dotted circle hasn't starting going around yet. The flash drive light then stops and then the dotted circle begins to go around.

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 that shows the laptop attempting to boot from the usb drive.

After the windows logo appears with the dotted circle going around feel free to skip to 2:55 to see the bsod with the stop code. The process then restarts.

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I have had the exact same issue.  Tried to boot from USB, which got me as far at the BIOS logo and a Windows "spinning wheel of dots".  Then blue screen with Driver PNP Watchdog error.  I can see the drive in the BIOS but it's name is all jiberish.  Anyone have a solution other than formatting the drive?

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I have the same issue.  This is a joke.

How can you do clean install or a fix to an existing system if the Driver_PNP_Watchdog error happens BEFORE windows ever comes up?

I don't get the option to "fix" a previous install or go into Safe Mode or anything.

I've downloaded the reinstall media to a flash drive and the drive works for a bit then I get the BSOD and the watchdog error.

Help!!!

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I have the same problem as the guys above me, usb stick with 32g storage fresh clean formatted for fat32 for the windows creation tool version windows 10 English home, it sits and spins them crashes saying pnp driver watchdog. This is clean fresh wipe no OS is installed please help.

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I have solved it in the following way: You have to uninstall the antivirus you have, and the antivirus agent (IMPORTANT).

NEXT DO THIS:

WITH CMD  ADMINISTRATOR:

net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop appIDSvc

ren c:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren c:\WIndows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old

net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver
net start appIDsvc
exit

Open PowerShell Administration:

wuauclt.exe /updatenow

RESTART PC (1)

NEXT USE CCLEANER TO CHECK:

-Windows Startup

-Screaduled Tasks

(Remove or delete any antivirus agent or service)

-Registry: scann for issues (repair)

-You wait for the windows update to be downloaded and restarts without updating. (2)

NOW RESTART AND UPDATE (3)

(A total of 3 restarts, updating in the third).

be patient and do not touch the pc


DONE :D

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I have solved it in the following way: You have to uninstall the antivirus you have, and the antivirus agent (IMPORTANT).

NEXT DO THIS:

WITH CMD  ADMINISTRATOR:

net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop appIDSvc

ren c:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren c:\WIndows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old

net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver
net start appIDsvc
exit

Open PowerShell Administration:

wuauclt.exe /updatenow

RESTART PC (1)

NEXT USE CCLEANER TO CHECK:

-Windows Startup

-Screaduled Tasks

(Remove or delete any antivirus agent or service)

-Registry: scann for issues (repair)

-You wait for the windows update to be downloaded and restarts without updating. (2)

NOW RESTART AND UPDATE (3)

(A total of 3 restarts, updating in the third).

be patient and do not touch the pc


DONE :D

if you read the opening post more carefully you would notice that Windows does not boot at all so cannot uninstall anything.

I am having the same problem and I am stuck, even if I completely remove the SSD and boot only with the USB stick I still got this error.

Please help us

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We just encountered the exact same issue.  A home built machine (Gigabyte motherboard) that has been running perfectly fine for 18 months now cannot boot after sitting idle for 10 days.  Tried booting from factory Win 10 DVD, and a bootable USB in addition to the system's SSD.  Result is the same in each case: can't get through Diagnostics to perform even a Safe Boot.  This machine is a boat anchor now and I don't believe that it's hardware.

Help, please.

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Sorry I did not read that part well. Have you checked if the bios detects the disk?

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The BIOS seems to be working properly.  It can be directed to read from the SSD, from DVD or from USB.  In each case, it starts to launch the Win 10 Diagnostics, but hangs in-process in each case.  I thought it might be a disk controller issue, but doesn't seem likely given how it launches in each case.  Also, probably not a driver issue, given the various media-types being used.

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