How to Fix “Watchdog” Errors

How to Fix

Some of us may have worked with a computer for a very long time. Of course, those who have had their fair share of computer troubles know that there are certain sensitive parts of the system that shouldn’t be meddled with. One such part is the fragile “system32” folder that could either get corrupted or accidentally deleted with reckless handling or running of applications, such as registry cleaners.

And what happens when we suddenly delete or corrupt that folder? The dreaded “BSOD” (Blue Screen of Death) appears. However, many other glitches can cause the dreaded issue. Some of you may have simply tried streaming a video, when your PC suddenly froze, beeped, and displayed the blue screen. If you read through the screen, you will probably see an error that points to a file called “watchdog.sys” which caused the problem.

Many have already faced this issue, but only a few know how to actually get rid of it. This article will tell you all you need to know to get it fixed; but first, it’s crucial to answer this question – what is watchdog.sys? It is actually a type of system file that is produced by the makers of your operating system. System files allow your PC and its attachments to communicate well with your browsers and other applications.

Many of us have seen this error although some would tend to simply ignore it, for a lack of better solution. True, such an error would usually present itself via a popup that includes a string of highly technical jargon. However, leaving such a vital error is extremely detrimental to the health of your entire system, and as such can result in total malfunction.

The error’s most common causes are faulty hardware or some corrupted device driver files. The watchdog.sys file is vital in running critical functions and hence, must work perfectly at all times. A few more common causes of this error include:

– Incorrectly configured, old, or corrupted device drivers

– A software change that caused a change in the watchdog.sys driver

– The file has not been installed or was removed (one of the most common reasons)

– Virus or malware infection

– Hardware conflict

– Corrupted sys32 or other system folders

– Watchdog.sys crash caused by a damaged hard drive

– RAM corruption

The most common way of fixing the problem is to download free tune-up tools that will find and install this missing file into your system. This is once you are sure that the reason for the error is a missing SYS file (which can be ascertained by searching for “watchdog.sys” in your Windows search tool). These programs can be downloaded free of charge in a lot of websites, and they can scan your system to find any other missing vital files.

They are mostly for limited use, but commercial versions are also available that can scan your PC periodically to prevent such occurrences. As always, make sure to only download programs from sites you trust to avoid doing more damage to your PC. Here are other troubleshooting steps that could work, in case downloading a DLL fixer failed to put your PC back into shape.

– Uninstall and then reinstall programs. Some installation packages actually include all the vital files needed for programs to run. In some cases though, these installers fail to install everything correctly on the first try. Some programs may prompt you to redo the installation to fix the issue.

– Run an antivirus or antimalware program. Some damage could have been caused to the system by an invading virus or spyware, so it’s vital to clean up the PC. Make sure to use only reputable antivirus or antimalware programs as alternatives may either be inefficient or could cause more harm when trying to delete the virus. Well, lots of good freeware programs are available.

– Use the Windows installation CD to repair the OS. You can use the recovery disc to restore any damage done to your system, as the CD contains all the needed files for smooth Windows operation. If you do not have this, a System Restore may do the trick. However, remember that a system restore only reverts the settings to that of a saved restore point, and may only be used if the error was caused by installing or uninstalling a program.

Fixing this kind of error is a bit challenging. It’s also quite time consuming. Fortunately though, you don’t have to spend anything. So, will you fix your computer, or will you have it repaired by someone else? Think carefully before you decide.