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You receive a "DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION (133)" Stop error message on a Windows Server 2012-based computer

Assume that you have a Windows Server 2012-based computer that has many third-party drivers installed. In this situation, the computer may crash intermittently. Additionally, you receive the following Stop error message: 
Note Not all "DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION (133)" Stop errors are caused by this problem.
This issue occurs when one or more drivers' DPC routines exceed the DPC Watchdog's time-out period.
After you install the update, the DPC watchdog time-out period is extended.

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix Download Available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft website: Note The "Hotfix Download Available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.


To apply this hotfix, you must be running Windows Server 2012.

Registry information

To apply this hotfix, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
More information
For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
For more information about the DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION error, go to the following Microsoft website:

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows Server 2012

Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2012
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File versionNot applicable
File size710
Date (UTC)30-Nov-2012
Time (UTC)17:57
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-disabledpcwatchdog_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.20572_none_e1e7aa3c4f18079d.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size855
Date (UTC)30-Nov-2012
Time (UTC)07:30
PlatformNot applicable

Article ID: 2789962 - Last Review: 12/12/2012 15:22:00 - Revision: 4.0

Windows Server 2012 Datacenter, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 Foundation, Windows Server 2012 Standard

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