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.
DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION may appear under another error name, but with a code of 0x133.
DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION is very common if you have a Solid State Drive (SSD) in Windows 8 or 10. Many SSDs can’t handle Windows 8 or 10 correctly until you update the firmware on the drive. Firmware means memory and code on the device itself that controls it. The newer the firmware, the more likely it is to handle something new. (For example, if you own a Blu-Ray player, odds are you’ve updated it at least once through the Internet. That’s firmware.)
To update the firmware of your SSD, you first need to retrieve the model number.
Once you perform this update and reboot, you shouldn’t get the error anymore.
You may also run into this problem if the iastor.sys driver is not compatible with Windows 8 or 10.
An easy fix here is to replace the problematic driver with Microsoft’s default driver for the device.
Here’s how you do it:
Click Next, then Close, and then restart your computer.
We’ve been seeing this issue even on Windows 8 and 10 PCs that don’t have solid state drives. If your drive is more than 256 gigabytes, it’s likely it’s a traditional hard drive.
In this case, update all the drivers on your PC. You can either manually run the Windows Update, or try use Driver Reviver to update all the drivers on your PC with one click.
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