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2 Kernel Security Check Failure & 1 DPC Watchdog Violation

  1. #11


    Posts : 5,139
    Win8.1Pro - Finally!!!


    Do not install anything that's offered. And especially don't pay for it!
    I've removed the Avast scan from my list

    I do not use registry cleaners, and encourage others not to use them.
    This stems from issues that I had with them back in the XP days (they damaged my registry) - and the recommendations of several knowledgeable people who's opinions I respect.

    If you haven't found any malware after running a few of the scans, then that's enough for now.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 11
    64-bit Windows 8.1


    In order to get Windows Defender on as you suggested, I ended up needing to refresh my Windows 8.1 system. Does the refresh process have any effect on the Kernel issue I was having? I am wondering if my original issue is now kind of a moot point due to my performing a refresh, or if I would be wise to resume with the Hardware Diagnostics and gathering of Minidumps as previously discussed.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 5,139
    Win8.1Pro - Finally!!!


    It's possible that the Refresh has fixed your issue - but only time will tell.
    In general, I usually wait a couple of weeks before figuring that the BSOD's are "fixed".

    It won't hurt to finish the hardware diagnostics, and it doesn't take me long to run the minidumps - so continue on with it "just in case".
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  4. #14


    Posts : 11
    64-bit Windows 8.1


    FYI, I am still working on obtaining the hardware diagnostics. I wanted to boot from a USB flash drive, and it turns out doing so from my Toshiba laptop is not exactly straight forward. So I am still deciphering the instructions on how to do that. Thank you for your patience with me ...
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