How to Resolve CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT Blue Screen of Death Error


CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is an issue stating that the computer encountered a problem that it could not handle and the machine needs to restart. A particular error code (comprising numbers or words) is provided and suggests that you search for the error online. One example is the “CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT” error. If you restart the computer and the blue screen no longer issues, you should ignore it, since the problem may still exist and could even do more damage in the future.

The CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT issue usually indicates a delayed clock interruption in a multiprocessor configuration. In other words, there is an issue with the processor, and it cannot function correctly. There could be obstacles with hardware drivers, which might be corrupted or incorrect. There could also be points with Random Access Memory (RAM). The BIOS might require to be updated, and the computer could be infected by malware or viruses, the CPU (Central Processing Unit) could be overclocked, etc. It can be challenging to ascertain the cause of this blue screen error since there are several reasons on different computers. There are, however, various possible resolutions to the CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT error, and these are described in the guide below.

Note: If you cannot log into Windows and continually get the CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT issues each time you restart the computer, you need to boot Windows into Safe Mode with Networking. If you are not sure how to boot into Safe Mode with Networking, read this guide – use the Interrupt Windows Boot Process technique described at the link. Alternatively, you can use a Windows Installation CD/DVD/USB and boot Windows into Safe Mode with networking utilizing the Automatic Repair (Advanced Start-up) screen. Once you are logged into Windows, apply the methods explained below.

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Clock_Watchdog_Timeout Windows 10
Clock_Watchdog_Timeout Windows 10

How to Resolve CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT Blue Screen of Death Error 

Disconnect External Devices 

The first way that might fix the CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT issue is to disconnect connected external devices. A connected external device/peripheral might be interfering with the computer operating system. Disconnect all peripherals and external devices, leaving only the mouse and keyboard connected, and then restart the system. Check if you still get the CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT error. If the problem is fixed, one of the peripherals or external devices might be damaged or faulty and making the issue. In this instance, replace that peripheral or external device.

Update BIOS

BIOS (Basic Input Output System) is software saved on a little memory chip on the motherboard. You might require to access the BIOS to change how the device works or assist in troubleshooting a problem. The hardware responsible for the “CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT” error may be having problems, and updating the BIOS might fix the problem. Bear in mind that updating the BIOS is a method for advanced users – if not performed correctly, it can cause permanent hardware damage.

To update the BIOS, go to the motherboard manufacturer’s website and download the new BIOS version for the motherboard. There should be a manual explaining how to update the BIOS – ensure that you read this carefully. If you do not know how to update the BIOS, find an expert to avoid damage to your system.

Run Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool

If there are issues with RAM (Random Access Memory), first run the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool. Windows Memory Diagnostic is a complete memory test tool that is simple to use. To launch it, type windows memory diagnostic or mdsched in Search and hit the Windows Memory Diagnostic result.

To run diagnostics, you will need to restart your system. You will be asked if you want to continue now or run it the next time you start the computer. When you restart your system, Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool will start automatically. You will see the testing method and results on your screen.

Uninstall Third-Party Software

Some recently installed software may be causing the “CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT” error. Some users have reported that software such as Daemon Tools, MacDriver, Alcohol 120%, VirtualBox, and different virtual image managers caused the issue. After uninstalling it, the blue screen issue was removed. If you have installed software recently (especially the software mentioned above), we recommend uninstalling it. To do so, press Windows key + R or right-hit the Start menu and select Run from the contextual menu. This will start the Run dialog box.

Type appwiz.cpl, and hit Enter on your keyboard – this will launch the Programs and Features window.

In the Programs and Features window, locate the program and uninstall it by right-hitting on it and choose “Uninstall” from the drop-down menu. Restart your system and see if you still receive the CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT error.

Run Windows Troubleshooter

Windows includes several troubleshooters designed to diagnose and automatically resolve various computer problems quickly. Troubleshooters cannot fix all issues, but they are an excellent place to start if you encounter a problem with your computer, operating system, or connected devices. In this case, you will require to use the Blue Screen troubleshooter. Go to Settings and type “troubleshoot,” select “Troubleshoot” from the list to start troubleshooting.

Now find Blue Screen under Find and resolve other problems and select it. Hit Run the troubleshooter and follow the instructions. Windows will try to troubleshoot the issue that caused Windows to stop or restart unexpectedly. See if this troubleshooter can fix the “CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT” error. Additionally, we suggest that you operate the Hardware and devices troubleshooter.

Run System File Checker

To fix the “CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT” blue screen issue, you can run the System File Checker, a utility in Windows that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore them. If there are any corrupted driver files present, this tool might fix this issue. This guide describes how to run the System File Checker tool (SFC.exe) to scan your computer files and repair missing or corrupted system files. The “SFC scannow” option is one of several specific switches available with the SFC command, the Command Prompt command used to run System File Checker. You must run an elevated Command Prompt to execute an SFC scan. Open Command Prompt using administrative rights by typing command prompt in Search, right-clicking the “Command Prompt” result, and selecting the “Run as administrator” option.

Insert the SFC /scannow command, and press Enter on your keyboard to execute this command. System File Checker will start and take some time to complete the scan (about 15 minutes). Wait for the scanning process to complete and restart the system. See if the “CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT” error persists.