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How to fix "this device cannot start (code 10)" error in windows

15:59, 05/08/2021

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The Code 10 error is one of several Device Manager error codes. It"s generated when Device Manager can"t start the hardware device, a situation usually caused by outdated or corrupted drivers.

A device may also receive a Code 10 error if a driver generates an error that Device Manager doesn"t understand. In other words, a Code 10 error can sometimes be a very generic message indicating some kind of unspecified driver or hardware problem.

The Code 10 error could apply lớn any hardware device in Device Manager, though most Code 10 errors appear on USB and audio devices.

Any of Microsoft"s operating systems could experience a Code 10 Device Manager error including Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP.., & more.


Details on Device Manager error codes like Code 10 are available in the Device Status area in the device"s properties. See How khổng lồ View a Device"s Status in Device Manager for help.

Device Manager error codes are exclusive sầu lớn Device Manager. If you see the Code 10 error elsewhere in Windows, chances are it"s a system error code or software-specific error, which you should not troubleshoot as a Device Manager issue.

How to Fix a Code 10 Error

Restart your computer if you haven"t done so already.

There"s always the chance that the error Code 10 was caused by some temporary problem in Device Manager or with the hardware. If so, a reboot, lượt thích in many situations, might fix it.


Did you install a device or make a change in Device Manager just before the Code 10 error appeared? If so, it"s possible that the change you made caused the error.


Unbởi the change if you can, restart your PC, và then kiểm tra again for the Code 10 error.

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Depending on what happened, some solutions might include:

Removing or reconfiguring the newly installed device

If a USB device is generating the Code 10 error, uninstall every device under the Universal Serial Bus controllers hardware category in Device Manager as part of the driver reinstall. This includes any USB Mass Storage Device, USB Host Controller, & USB Root Hub.

Properly reinstalling a driver, as in the instructions linked above, isn"t the same as simply updating a driver. A full driver reinstall involves completely removing the currently installed driver và then letting Windows install it over again from scratch.

Update the drivers for the device. It"s also very possible that installing the lachạy thử drivers for the device could correct the Code 10 error, even if these drivers were previously functional.

If this works, it means that the stored Windows drivers you reinstalled earlier were either damaged or outdated with a problem that the more up-to-date drivers corrected.

Be sure to kiểm tra for the lathử nghiệm drivers from your computer and device manufacturer (if applicable) since one may have a more recent driver available than the other.

Install the lademo Windows updates. Microsoft often releases patches for Windows, and some computers don"t have the lademo service packs installed, either of which might contain a fix for the Code 10 error.

Delete the UpperFilters và LowerFilters values in the registry. Two particular values in the Windows Registry could be corrupted, causing the error.

While this isn"t a very comtháng solution lớn a Code 10 issue, it is for many other Device Manager error codes. Don"t be afraid to try this if the previous ideas haven"t worked.

Try an older driver version, or one for the previous version of Windows. Almost all manufacturers continue to lớn provide previously available drivers on their websites.

This trick doesn"t work to lớn fix Code 10 errors very often, và when it does, it probably means that the lachạy thử driver provided by the manufacturer has serious problems, but it"s worth a shot before trying the next few steps.