Windows 10 - DPC Watchdog Violation


Hello.

My computer has started freezing and crashing to blue screen within minutes, with either the DPC Watchdog Violation error, or the Driver Corrupted Expool error. I have no real idea what's caused the change, as I've done nothing specific that I can recall.

I'm unable to check for system or driver updates, run a virus scan... do anything with the system before it crashes again. And again. And again.

 

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Last updated May 5, 2020 Views 8,408 Applies to:
Which version of Windows 10 is currently installed? See how to verify:

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wik...

Which version and edition Windows did you originally upgrade from?

Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Windows 8.0 Core, Windows 8.1 Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8.0 Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro

It could suggest you need to update your chipset drivers and BIOS. I recommend you update the most critical ones: BIOS, Chipset, Display Driver, Network adapters.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/wiki...
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It may help to look at the minidump files from the blue screen crashes.

Can you zip up the minidump files in the C:\Windows\Minidump folder and make available (provide link) via a public folder on OneDrive or similar site.

Here's a link on using OneDrive:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/onedrive/sha...

If you have problems zipping the minidump files copy the minidump files to another location such as a folder on the Desktop.

Also, you do not necessarily have to zip up the minidump files, you can upload them one at a time.

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Hi antuulien, I am Rob a volunteer and a 10 time and dual award MVP specializing in Windows troubleshooting and Bluescreen analysis.

You probably need a Windows Boot Disk or USB drive so please see the next message for those.

Troubleshoot blue screen errors <-- read this link
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/t...

Be sure you are running the latest available BIOS, chipset drivers, and major drivers. That error can also be caused by incompatible 3rd party antivirus and other startup programs and drivers. Of course, there are other possibilities.

We can analyze the minidumps if you make them available from the OneDrive or other file sharing sites (such as MediaFire). If you have problems uploading the minidumps copy them to the Desktop or the Documents folder and upload them from there.

One-Drive - Share files and folders and change permissions
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/onedrive/sha...

Upload photos and files
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/onedrive/add...

Zip or upload the contents of C:\Windows\minidump
Use OneDrive to upload collected files
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-U...

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Check these resources :

BBCode: 133 0x00000133 <-- read this link
http://www.faultwire.com/solutions-fatal_error/...*1340.html?order=date

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Run checkdisk (chkdsk /f /r )

FIle Explorer - Right Click the drive - Properties - Tools - Error checking -
Check - scan the drive

OR

From the Command Prompt of the Windows 10 disk (boot from it) :

chkdsk /f /r
(Space after k and before / and after f and before / )

REBOOT

sfc /scannow
(Space after c and before / )

REBOOT

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If you had a 3rd party antivirus on the OS you upgraded OR if you have one now uninstall it and then run its maker's removal tool. Use Windows Defender which in Windows 8/8.1/10 is a full antivirus. Despite all the hype out there
Windows Defender and the Windows Firewall are true superstars.

List of anti-malware program cleanup/uninstall tools
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/protect/wiki...

Uninstallers (removal tools) for common antivirus software
http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?page=content&am...

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Windows Key + X - Command Prompt (Admin)

SFC /scannow

Note if that shows uncorrected errors - do the below regardless.

When that completes run these :

DISM /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth

DISM /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

Note if that shows any uncorrected errors - do the below regardless.

Then restart the computer.

Be sure you are running the latest available BIOS and drivers.

Check with System Maker (Motherboard Maker for custom systems) for updates to the BIOS, low-level chipset drivers, and the major onboard and separate device drivers. Run DriverView - set VIEW to Hide Microsoft drivers - update those without Dump in their name.

DriverView - Free - utility displays the list of all device drivers currently loaded on your system. For each driver in the list, additional useful information is displayed: load address of the driver, description, version, product name, company that created the driver, and more.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/driverview.html

For Drivers check System Maker as fallbacks and Device Maker's which are the most current. Right Click the Start Button - Device Manager - Display Adapter - write down the make and complete model of your video adapter - double click - Driver's tab - write down the version info. Now click UPdate Driver (this may not do anything as MS is far behind certifying drivers) - then Right Click - Uninstall -
REBOOT this will refresh the driver stack.

Repeat that for Network - Network Card (NIC), Wifi, Sound, Mouse and Keyboard if 3rd party with their own software and drivers and any other major device drivers you have.

Now go to System Maker's site (Dell, HP, Toshiba as examples) (as rollback) and then Device Maker's site (Realtek, Intel, Nvidia, ATI as examples) and get their latest versions. (Look for BIOS, Chipset, and software updates at System Maker's site while there.)

Download - SAVE - go to where you put them - Right Click - RUN AD ADMIN - REBOOT after each installation.

Always check in Device Manager - Drivers tab to be sure the version you are installing actually shows up. This is because some drivers rollback before the latest is installed (sound drivers particularly do this) so install a driver - reboot - check to be sure it is installed and repeat as needed.

Repeat at Device Makers - BTW at Device Makers DO NOT RUN THEIR SCANNER - check manually by model.

Manually look at manufacturer's sites for drivers - and Device Maker's sites.
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/driverssupport/ht...

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After doing ALL the updates you can, and if the issue continues, then run
DriverVerifier.

Driver Verifier can help find some BSOD issues :

Using Driver Verifier to identify issues with Windows drivers for advanced users
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/244617

How To Troubleshoot Driver Problems in Windows Vista or 7. (8/8.1 and 10 are essentially the same).
http://www.winvistaclub.com/t79.html

Using Driver Verifier
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/window...

WINKEY + X - RUN - type in -> verifier /reset hit enter to disable

If Driver Verifier creates a minidump upload it and post the link here so we can analyze it.

Please let us know the results and if you need further assistance.
Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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The Windows Disk or USB drive made below can also be used for other troubleshooting or even a Clean Installation if required.

Try running StartUp Repair from a Windows 10 boot disk or USB drive.
That often will work when running from the recovery environment does not. You can try Option 5 here and run StartUp Repair to see if it helps.
You would need to make a bootable USB or DVD using the Media Creation Tool.

How to Boot to Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2294-advance...

How to Run Startup Repair in Windows 10
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/27649-startu...

You can make a Windows 10 Install disk and try to use it to repair the present installation.

Make a Windows 10 Disk using the Media Creation Tool - select to install on another computer and the same version you have now. You can make a USB or DVD to boot with. Select Troubleshoot - Advanced Options - Automatic Repair.

Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool - create media then
boot with it - use method I outlined above.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/m...

OR

How to Prepare Bootable Install Media for Windows 10 - DVD, USB or SD Card
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/for...

OR use this method :

How to Create a USB Recovery Drive in Windows 10
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4200-recover...

How to Do a Repair Install of Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/16397-repair...

Please do let me know if I can assist in any way.
Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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Hello,
We need log files(called dump files) that tell us what lead to crash.
Please share them with us for a better analysis of the problem. Instructions can be found here:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki...
Sumit
Windows Insider MVP 2018-2021 and Moderator

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