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9 Solutions to Fix Windows Stop Code Clock Watchdog Timeout

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Jan 15, 2024 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions

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The Stop Code Clock Watchdog Timeout error can occur in Windows when there is a miscommunication between the threads in a processor with multiple cores. If you have experienced this Blue Screen error, you need solutions that work.

This article examines the causes of the error in Windows. It goes further to show you nine fixes to the error. Finally, if you lose any data because of this error, you will learn how to recover them back with the Recoverit Data Recovery tool.

What Causes Clock Watchdog Timeout?

As stated earlier, the Clock Watchdog Timeout error is usually caused by an issue with a specified processor on your computer. Other factors can cause this error; they include errors in your hardware drivers, BIOS, RAM (Random Access Memory), or a third-party app. Also, an overclocking of your computer is a major cause of the error. Finally, if you just installed software on your computer but you didn't do it correctly, this error might be the result.

How to Fix Windows Stop Code Clock Watchdog Timeout

If you are confronted with the Clock Watchdog Timeout error message, you will be required to restart your computer. If you still see the error after restarting it, try any of the following solutions:

Solution 1: Rollback a Recently Updated Device Driver

Consider rolling back any driver you may have recently updated on your device. This solution is more viable if you discovered that the error occurred after you did a driver update.

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Solution 2: Run Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool

The error can be caused by issues in your system's memory. The sure way you can do a check to know for sure the problem (if any) is by running the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool.

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Solution 3: Disconnect New Hardware Devices

Disconnect any hardware devices you may have externally attached or connected to your computer. If a newly downloaded app is improperly installed on Windows, it can cause this error. So in the meantime that you do not know which of your connected devices is causing the error, you should detach all devices that have been externally connected, except for your keyboard and mouse. Now, restart your PC.

Solution 4: Remove Third-Party Software

Third-party software can be a source of the Clock Watchdog Timeout error. Therefore, you need to uninstall such software from your computer, then restart it.

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Solution 5: Run System File Checker

If the related system files are damaged, then this error could occur. With the System File Checker (SFC), you can scan your computer for errors and fix them. To use the SFC utility, follow the steps below:

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Close the window after the scanning and repair are done. Do this by typing "exit", then press "Enter" and that concludes it

Solution 6: Disable C1E and Intel SpeedStep in BIOS

Sometimes, computer motherboards come with already-enable power savings modes such as C1E and Intel SpeedStep. This lowers the voltage with which BIOS operates, as well as the clock speed. Although the features are useful for saving battery power, you need to disable them to enhance maximum performance. Launch the BIOS settings window and click to disable them, if they are enabled.

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Solution 7: Manually Set the Speed of Your RAM and Turn Off Asus Turbo Feature in BIOS

In some instances, this error occurs when you do not manually set your RAM speed in BIOS. This is because RAM will always run at low speed unless you set it yourself. You can do this by enabling its Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P) or manually tuning its timings.

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Solution 8: Set the BIOS Settings to the Default Stage

Reset your BIOS to its default settings using the following steps:

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Solution 9: Remove the Problematic Updates

If a problematic update is the cause of the Clock Watchdog Timeout error in your Windows, you should follow the steps outlined below to remove the update that is causing you this issue:

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How to Recover Unsaved Data after Clock Watchdog Timeout Happens

So imagine you are working some important data and you haven't saved them, then suddenly, your work gets interrupted by the Clock Watchdog Timeout error. The sense of loss you will feel is understandable. But not to worry, this section is all about helping you get back those data that you may think are lost to you forever.

Recoverit Data Recovery is a third-party tool you can download online for the retrieval of your unsaved files and missing data. It supports data recovery from all sorts of data loss events like formatted systems, virus infection, crashed systems, damaged SD cards, internal hard drives with issues, and of course, errors as this Stop Code.

If your data is in formats like audio, video, documents, images, among other file types, Recoverit can assist you in getting them back in both Mac and Windows OS computers.

Step 1: Select a Location

Choose a location from which Recoverit can scan for your lost files. The location should be where you had your unsaved data

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Step 2: Scan the Location

Sit back and let Recoverit do its thing in scanning your chosen location

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Step 3: Preview and Save

View all the files that have been retrieved, then choose the "Recover" button to save them.

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The Bottom Line

This article has succeeded in showing you the top nine solutions to fix Windows Stop Code Clock Watchdog Timeout error. Try each solution until you find what works for you. For your unsaved files that have been lost due to the error, Recoverit Data Recovery can help you get them back.

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