How to fix Wdf_violation BSoD error on Windows 10, 8, 8.1 and 7?

July 24, 2018 |

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You probably ended up on this page because you saw this message:

Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart… and then we’ll restart for you.

In fact, in some cases, the message might have this additional description:

… If you would like to know more, You can search for the error online: Wdf_violation

The BSOD error message tries to provide a reasonable explanation of the problem that occurred in as little details as possible without being overwhelming to the user. “Wdf_violation” is the name for the error, and this part of the notification is what distinguishes Blue Screens of Death errors from one another.

WDF is an acronym for Windows Driver Framework. A stop code like this that distinguishes the problem in view sometimes accompanies the Wdf_violation BSOD error message alongside its full details: 0x10d or 0x0000010.

How to fix Wdf_violation on Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7?

As usual, we recommend that you begin your journey with the first fix on the list. Work your way down when necessary until you stumble on what works best for you. If none of the situations in the conditional list applies to you, then you are free to skip all the solutions there and move on to the main ones.

Conditional fixes:

  1. The solution for a special case scenario involving an item from FireWire:
  • If you are using a FireWire-branded device and experiencing problems with it, then you have to stop using it for the time being. You could try downloading the newest drivers for it and see how things go with the change of software.
  • If the FireWire device you are using has aged, you will do well to purchase a new FireWire card as new hardware devices often come with the latest drivers that will be compatible with the Windows running on your PC regardless of what version it is.
  1. The fix for a unique case scenario involving users who experienced the problem during an attempt to upgrade their Windows version or after they have completed a fresh installation:
  • If you are struggling with theWdf_violation Windows 10loop or saw this particular Blue Screen of Death during your effort to update or install Windows using an ISO image provided by Microsoft (1803 release), then we advise that you try to do the same thing, using an older build of Windows (version 1709) and see if things go differently
  • You must also ensure that the Windows on your system is packed with the latest service packs and other necessary updates.
  1. A workaround for users with problems involving the iTunes app (Enable disk use):

We understand that some users have the program in view on their system as a top utility and use it quite often to do specific tasks. If you are one of them, then these instructions will do you a whole lot of good:

  • Log into Windows with an administrator account or profile. If you are currently logged in using a guest account or standard user profile, please sign out and come in using the required setup. Do not jeopardize the success of this operation for such a flimsy reason
  • Open the iTunes app as usual. Click on Summary. Under the items under Options, you must tick the Checkbox for Enable disk use.

What you have just done should be enough to stop Windows from crashing and suffering from a Blue Screen of Death error like Wdf_violation whenever you use the iTunes app.

Main list:

Disconnect all peripherals:

  • If you are seeingWdf_violation on startupor abruptly when you are working on your system, then you should consider removing all peripherals. We are talking about items that do not belong in the class of the critical hardware components found on any PC. Here are some examples of the devices you must disconnect: an external camera (connected via USB), a mouse, gamepads, and so on.
  • If you tend to see the Blue Screen of Death error message when you connect many devices, then you have to identify which one of the items involved is to blame. Do not be pushed into thinking that all of them are responsible for your headaches because this belief is incredibly far from the truth in most scenarios.
  • After you finish unplugging every single peripheral that was connected when the error came up, you have to restart your PC. When your computer comes on, and Windows settles down,  you must start reconnecting the devices (one at a time) and find out which one of the lot you succeed with during your attempt to recreate the bug.
  • If every single item fails to take the blame bait, then you would have to start collectively connecting them and see which group comes out of it all in a terrible light. You might have to repeat multiple trials of the same procedure to identify which component is to blame for your troubles.
  • In the end, once you have succeeded in isolating the problematic peripheral, you would have to choose if you want to do away with it or find a replacement for it.

Before you stop using the device that was fingered, we recommend that you try updating its driver and see if any changes result from this action you took. It just might work because newer drivers most times are better than the old ones in almost every performance metric available.

Use Device Verifier:

Here are the instructions you need to follow to use Device Verifier:

  • First, you must open an elevated Command Prompt window. After the Administrator Command Prompt program window appears, you have to input the following code and hit the Enter key to force its execution at once:

    verifier

  • The Driver Verifier program window should show up now. Click on the radio button for Create standard settings. Click on the Next button to continue. On the next screen, you must select the radio button for Automatically select all drivers installed on this computer
  • Now it is time you clicked on the Finish button. Windows should now initiate the verification process. You will have to be patient as the operations involved may require a lot of time. After Windows finishes detecting everything it can, you might see series of instructions, which you have to follow if you want to get rid of the Wdf_violation Blue Screen of Death problem.

Windows should prompt you to restart your PC. If a message to this effect fails to come up, you must perform the reboot all the same as it is necessary.

  1. Update your device driver:

Now we would move to describe the methods of updating drivers you can employ:

The best way:

The automatic method of upgrading drivers, like the vast majority of automated paths involved in the execution of a specific operation, is easily the best way of updating drivers. We recommend that you download and run Auslogics Driver Updater if you want to use this approach and take advantage of it.

The recommended program is an excellent application, which is capable of scanning your PC to detect the problems involving your drivers (the ones running outdated or corrupted software). You will see a report describing the issues that it discovered. This part of the procedure is incredibly important for users who were unable to identify the drivers due to the sheer volume or number of device drivers.

Finally, regardless of the problems you are dealing with, you will see the Update button, which you can click on to update any driver you want to its latest manufacturer-recommender version. You can perform this operation on specific drivers, or you can upgrade any driver that needs an update. You can basically update all the device drivers on your PC in no time.

The automatic approach solves the problem of having to identify the affected drivers since there are so many of them. This is especially for those who did not see any file mentioned in the Blue Screen of Death error message or its description. It is the safest, fastest, and the most efficient way of getting the job done.

  • An alternative:
  • On the other hand, if you somehow managed to identify the affected driver from the information provided (the file mentioned), then you could try out the manual method of upgrading drivers. At least, if you prefer to do things on your own or if you do not mind complications.
  • If you could not pinpoint the faulty driver no matter how hard you tried, then you probably cannot use the manual method since you do not even know what you need to update. You are better off going with the automatic approach, which would not only help you identify the drivers but would also help you update them quickly.

At the end of it all, regardless of the methods, approaches, or procedures you employed in updating your drivers, you have to restart your system to ensure that the new drivers have taken charge and started working. Moreover, the changes associated with such an event only become active after a reboot of Windows.

If you did everything correctly, by the time your system comes on, and its operating system settles down, we expect that the Wdf_violation problem no longer exists.

Disable USB ports in BIOS:

  • First, you need to find out what key (or combinations of buttons) you have to press on computer’s keyboard to enter its BIOS. It varies per PC manufacturer or even specific models at times. You might have to do some research on the internet to get the necessary information. Take note of it

If you fail to obtain the necessary details, you are free to use the F2 key or the Delete button as these keys work for an incredibly large volume of motherboards

  • Put on your PC as usual and try to enter its BIOS before Windows starts booting up. If you succeed in getting into the required menu, then you have to navigate to its Advanced tab there, or you must find the section for its most essential system settings
  • In most cases, you will see Miscellaneous Devices as one of the items available in the Advanced tab or section. Under its menu, you must check for External USB ports. If you can find this item directly without having to go through any significant list or group, then better for you
  • Whatever happens, you must find a way to disable the item we are working on for now. You might see some instructions on your screen to guide you in executing the move. If you are unlucky, you might see nothing useful enough, and you would have to do things on your own and hope you are successful.

You can always check the internet for information. You could also consult your motherboard’s manual directly if you have access to one.

Additional list

In case the rare event happens where all the fixes above fail to help you resolve the issue, then you should know that we still have some solutions you can try out. Due to the length of this article, we are forced to include them using fewer words than we would have preferred:

  • Perform a comprehensive scan for malware
  • Remove the problematic program
  • Do a System Restore
  • Uninstall the Bluetooth driver (in safe mode)
  • Work on your registry to remove invalid or corrupted entries
  • Do a clean installation of Windows
  • Run diagnostic tests on all hardware parts

You have arrived at the end of this guide, and here, we sincerely believe that we have helped you in getting rid of the Wdf_violation Blue Screen of Death error message causing problems on Windows 10, Windows 8.1 or Windows 7.

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