A Guide to the “WDF Violation” Blue Screen of Death Error

This article is part of a continuing series on Blue Screen of Death errors. A Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) is the error screen you see when Windows has a major issue. It halts the PC and displays some very important information.

Depending on the error message you get, the steps you need to take are different.

Error Name: WDF_VIOLATION

This one may appear under another error name, but with a code of 0x10d.


WDF_VIOLATION"
This BSOD appears when syncing a device to iTunes.

How to Fix This BSoD

Syncing to iTunes

WDF_VIOLATION was very rare before Windows 8, but has cropped up a bunch since people have begun installing it. It’s appearing most often when syncing files from your iPhone or iPod to iTunes. Though the problem was more frequent in iTunes 10, it’s still cropping up in iTunes 11.

This is happening because you have a combination of three things: Windows 8, the driver that comes with your device, and the driver included with iTunes. The combination of all three of these is causing the crash.

To fix this, enable your iPod for Disk Mode:

  1. Click the Summary tab for your device in iTunes
  2. Select Enable Disk Use

You can now sync normally without a crash. This has the added benefit of letting you transfer documents back and forth as if it were a flash drive.


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Selecting this will make the error go away.

FireWire Drivers

This problem is also appearing when using an older motherboard with FireWire built-in. The FireWire drivers fail within Windows 7 and cause this error. The solution is to purchase and install an inexpensive FireWire card with different drivers, one that fully supports Windows 7. Install the card and the latest drivers and you should be able to use FireWire normally.

Miscellaneous Bad Drivers

Another driver, particularly a multimedia driver, can also cause this crash and display the WDF_VIOLATION error. Run a free scan with Driver Reviver and track down the faulty driver that’s causing the error. It’s very important to keep all your drivers up to date, even the ones Windows Update doesn’t catch. Find out why it’s important to keep your drivers fresh.

More Information from Microsoft

Here’s a page on Microsoft’s website about this specific BSoD error. It’s pretty technical, but worth checking out if the above solutions don’t work.

Good luck!

Steve Horton

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  • danial

    every thing is good in my g500 laptop lenovo but there is something bad happend ,every time i wana try with alotof driver instaling to run my qualcom bluetooth my g500 shows me blue screen,im realy nerves and angry about it!!!!!!!!!!

  • ReviverSoft

    Hi Danial,

    Try one of the drivers on this page instead — it may clear up your bluescreen issues.

    http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?DocID=DS035531

  • Billy

    a wireless mouse seems to be causing my issue. The fuck?

  • http://www.reviversoft.com/ Mark Beare

    Have you tried looking for new drivers for this joy stick? What model is it?

  • عبدالمجيد الشمري

    It’s Likes The PS2 Controller And His Name “2B”
    No Really i Didn’t , Thanks For Reminding me But i’ll Try ^^

  • Wub

    I was playing team fortress 2 when this popped up i had my xbox 360 rock candy controller plugged in playing with that ive used it before for games but lately its been messing up turning off and on i didnt really care but that might have something to do with it

  • sean

    same thing happened with my rock candy controller

  • Matthew

    My laptop had this issue too (It’s a Lenovo ideapad yoga 11 (SSD) Windows RT)
    Things like my touchscreen and my mousepad will stop working, my Pc completely freezing once, and my screen will have lines so I could hardly see it, but, ALSO my wifi will say my connection is limited or not working while, clearly, I could just as easily go on my I pad and use my wifi and I would have no problems at all.

    But after all these things (except the wifi bug which was still occurring), I turned on my laptop to realise, first, a blue screen, (which, is normal to me as my wallpaper is blue) and a message saying, purely;

    ‘your Pc has run into problems please wait while we gather error information’

    ‘to learn more about this issue search: WDF_VIOLATION’

    Which did not come as a surprise after all the issues I have had; but unfortunately my Pc is only a moth old I’m pretty worried about it. :(

    Should I blame Windows RT?

    Is it because my laptop is has an Solid State Drive?

    Can it just be the new Windows running into bugs?

  • Felipe Alarcón

    a mi me salio este error cuando estaba con el Motion Joy version 7.0001
    y estaba enlazando mi mando de PS3 con el PC atreves de bluethoot

    entonces el programa se pego
    no respondio
    (removi el USB bluethoot)

    y el PC se cayo y me salio el error

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