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Solved: Clock Watchdog Timeout Error in Windows 10

Windows 10 Blue screen error CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT indicates a delayed clock interruption in a multiprocessor configuration or we can say there is an issue with the processor that it could not handle and requires a restart. Usually corrupt or incompatible device drivers, software conflicts, or system file issues are the common reasons why the computer is freezing and encountering a blue screen error.

If your windows 10 computer restarted with Clock Watchdog Timeout blue screen error, apply solutions listed below to fix different windows BSOD errors.

Note:  If you can’t log into Windows, due to this blue screen Clock Watchdog Timeout Error, try restarting your computer in Safe Mode for troubleshooting.


Clock Watchdog Timeout Error

  1. Whenever Windows blue screen error occurs, we recommend Disconnect all external devices (USB, external HDD or printer) connected to your system and reboot your PC.

  2. Also, we recommend, disconnect any new hardware device you recently plugged in.

  3. Temporarily disable your antivirus program and check if the problem persists.

Install latest Windows Update

Microsoft regularly releases security updates with various bug fixes and improvements. And installing the latest windows updates fix previous bugs as well. Let’s install the latest windows updates that might have bug fix for this Clock Watchdog Timeout Error.

  1. Press Windows key + I to open settings,

  2. Click on Update & security then hit the check for updates button,

  3. This will start checking for available updates, download and install them.

  4. You only need to restart your PC to apply them and check the status of this BSOD error.

Update device drivers

Most of the time, windows 10 blue screen error could be caused by faulty, outdated, incorrect or corrupt system driver. That’s why we always recommend, If you want your Windows 10 PC to be stable, it’s important that you update all your drivers.

We recommend update the essential device drivers listed below.

  1. Chipset Drivers.

  2. VGA Drivers.

  3. Network Drivers.

  4. Audio driver

You can easily download or update your device drivers from the manufacturer’s website for your hardware devices, and searching for the most recent correct driver for each.

Update driver on device manager:

  1. Press Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc and click ok,

  2. This will open the device manager and list all installed device driver list,

  3. Expand display adapter, right-click on installed display driver select update

  4. click on search automatically for drivers and follow on screen instructions.

Update NVIDIA graphics driver

Check CPU Temperature

Check and Ensure your computer/laptop doesn’t overheat, and the system’s hardware temperature (CPU, Memory, GPU) is normal.

You can download and third party utility CPUID HWMonitor that help monitor system temperature. If your computer overheating check and ensure the airflow outwards is not prevented, also clean your computer from dust remaining inside to avoid overheating problems.

Run Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool

Run the windows memory diagnostics tool that help detect and fix any issues with your RAM.

  1. Press Windows key + R, type mdsched.exe and click ok,

  2. This will open the windows memory diagnostic tool,

  3. Click on Restart now and check for problems (Recommended)

  4. The computer will restart and check for memory-based problems.

Memory Diagnostic Tool 

Run system file checker

Again windows blue screen error could occur if some of your system files are corrupted, or lost. Run the DISM and system file checker utility that helps check the system image health, and restore corrupted system files with the correct one.

  1. Open the command prompt as administrator,

  2. Type command DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and press enter key,

  3. Once the command executed run sfc utility command sfc /scannow

  4. Let the scanning process complete 100% and reboot your PC.

And now check the status of this blue screen error CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT

Updating the BIOS

Still need help, try To update the BIOS following the steps below.

  1. Press Windows + R, type msinfo32 and click ok,

  2. This will open the System Information window, scroll down and locate BIOS version,

  3. Note down the version and developer of the BIOS installed on your computer.

BIOS version
  1. Now visit the manufacturer’s website to get the latest version of BIOS downloaded onto your computer.

  2. Double click on the newly-downloaded file to install the new version of the BIOS, If you are a laptop user make sure to keep it plugged in until this BIOS update is installed.

In addition, open programs and features window using appwiz.cpl and uninstall newly installed third-party Software.

Did these solutions help fix Clock Watchdog Timeout Error in Windows 10? let us know on the comments below.

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