Shortly after my son bought my new Windows 8 laptop last May, it began to freeze up and shut down, with the Blue Screen of Death and an error message, “DPC_WATCHDOG_ VIOLATION.” It’s VERY frustrating to have your computer crash in the middle of whatever you’re doing, especially several times a day.
Eventually, I searched online for solutions and, wow, I saw how common the problem is. It was a hardware problem, a software problem, a virus, a driver problem and I can’t remember what else. There were solutions from tech-people that were three pages long—way, way over my head.
Then I came upon a short note from some kind soul that said something like, “Do this and your problem will stop or dramatically decrease: Go to Control Panel>Power Options>click on Choose What the Power Buttons Do>click on Change Settings that are Currently Unavailable>unclick the box labeled Turn on Fast Startup.” (This turns off Hibernate, too.) Then I restarted. I couldn’t believe it. My problem was gone.
Due to another beyond-me computer glitch, I had to “Refresh” my computer two days ago and guess what? DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION was back. I had not kept the nearly-sacred instructions to stop the crashes from happening and, very upset, began another Internet search, hoping I would come across that person’s short and effective instructions again. I did not, but in one forum, someone mentioned ‘fast,’ and then something clicked. I remembered Power Options, searched and came across this: http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/6320-fast-startup-turn-off-windows-8-a.html, which is not linked to the DPC error message. It should be!
So, as a part of my duty to humankind, I’m posting this fix-DPC-Watchdog error information. There are no guarantees, but I hope it solves the DPC problem for you, too. Wish we could find that kind soul to say thanks.