Windows driver error codes – How to fix them

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The driver of the hardware device on the computer is used to communicate with the operating system. However, in the process of using the computer users encounter a lot of trouble, caused by driver error. For example, “The driver for this device might be corrupted, or your system may be running low on memory or other resources.”, ….

In this article, we will show you the most common types of driver error codes and how to fix each one.

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1.This device is not configured correctly. (Code 1)

The cause of the error:

The device is not installed on the computer or the driver is not configured properly.

Solutions:

To fix this, the best way is to update the driver.

On the Device Properties dialog box, click the Driver tab, and then click Update Driver to open the Hardware Update Wizard. Follow the on-screen instructions to update the driver.

2. The driver for this device might be corrupted, or your system may be running low on memory or other resources. (Code 3)

Troubleshooting:

– Close open applications

If your computer does not have enough memory to run the device, you can close applications that take up most of your memory space to free up memory space. You can also check the amount of memory and system resources and set up virtual memory.

To check system resources and memory, just open Task Manager to check. And to do this, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and then click Task Manager.

To check virtual memory settings, open the System Properties dialog box and click the Advanced tab, then select Settings under Performance.

– Uninstall and reinstall drivers:

In some cases the cause of the error may be due to a faulty device driver. If the driver is faulty, just uninstall the driver from Device Manager, then find, download and reinstall the driver:

1. In the Device Properties dialog box, click the Driver tab, then click Uninstall, and follow the on-screen instructions.

2. Restart your computer.

3. Open Device Manager. Here you click Action, then click Scan for hardware changes and follow the on-screen instructions.

– Add RAM

Also you can install additional RAM to fix this.

3. This device cannot start. (Code 10)

Troubleshooting:

– Driver update

On the Device Properties dialog box, click the Driver tab, and then click Update Driver to open the Hardware Update Wizard. Follow the on-screen instructions to update the driver.

4. This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use. If you want to use this device, you will need to disable one of the other devices on this system. (Code 12)

Causes of errors:

This error occurs when two devices installed on your computer are assigned the same I / O port, or the same Direct Memory Access channel (or BIOS, operating system, or both).

This error may also occur if the BIOS does not sufficiently allocate power to your device.

Solutions:

You can use the Troubleshooting Wizard on Device Manager to locate the conflict, then disable the conflicting device.

Use the Troubleshooting Wizard to disable conflicting devices:

1. On the device Properties dialog box, click the General tab.

2. Select Troubleshoot to open the Troubleshooting Wizard window. The wizard will ask you some simple questions and provide solutions for you based on the answers you provide.

3. Perform the steps in the wizard that the wizard provides to fix the problem you are experiencing.

5. This device cannot work properly until you restart your computer. (Code 14)

Fix it: Restart your computer

Click Start, then select the Shut Down button. The Shut Down Windows dialog box appears, where you choose Restart to restart your computer.

6. Windows cannot identify all the resources this device uses. (Code 16)

Causes of errors:

Device is partially configured.

Solution: Assign more power to the device

Note: This only applies to Plug and Play devices.

On the device Properties dialog box, click the Resources tab.

2. If the source is listed with a question mark on the side, select the source to assign it to the device.

If the source can not be changed, click Change Settings.

And If the Change Settings option is not available, try removing the Use automatic settings check box.

7. Reinstall the drivers for this device. (Code 18)

Solutions:

Driver update. If this does not work, proceed with reinstalling the driver through the Device Manager.

– Driver update:

On the Device Properties dialog box, click the Driver tab, and then click Update Driver to open the Hardware Update Wizard. Follow the on-screen instructions to update the driver.

If this method is not available, then the solution is to remove the driver and then reinstall the driver.

– Uninstall and then reinstall the driver:

If the driver is faulty, the best way is to remove the driver on Device Manager, then find, download and reinstall the driver.

1. On the Device Properties dialog box, click the Driver tab, then click Uninstall and follow the on-screen instructions.

2. Restart your computer.

3. Open Device Manager. Here you select Action and then select Scan for hardware changes and follow the on-screen instructions.

8.Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged. To fix this problem you can first try running a Troubleshooting Wizard. If that does not work, you should uninstall and then reinstall the hardware device. (Code 19)

Causes of errors:

Detects Registry errors.

Solutions:

– Uninstall and reinstall drivers:

Uninstall the driver on Device Manager, then find, download and reinstall the driver.

1. On the Device Properties dialog box, click the Driver tab, then click Uninstall and follow the on-screen instructions.

2. Restart your computer.

3. Open Device Manager. Here you select Action and then select Scan for hardware changes and follow the on-screen instructions.

– Restore the latest Registry configuration:

The Last Known Good Configuration feature is a recovery option that you can use to start your computer by using the most recent active settings.

The Known Good Configuration feature at the end restores all the registry information settings and drivers that were in effect for the last time that the computer started successfully.

The Last Known Good Configuration feature stores all of the Registry and Driver installation information for the last time the computer boots successfully.

9. Windows is removing this device. (Code 21)

Solutions:

To fix this you follow the steps below:

– Wait a few seconds, then press F5 to update Device Manager.

– If you still can not fix the problem, then restart your computer.

Click Start, then select the Shut Down button. The Shut Down Windows dialog box appears, where you choose Restart to restart your computer.

10. This device is disabled. (Code 22)

Solutions:

Reactivate the device via Device Manager.

On the Device Manager window, click Actions, then click on Enable Device to open the Enable Device wizard. Follow the on-screen instructions to fix the problem.

11. This device is not present, is not working properly, or does not have all its drivers installed. (Code 24)

Causes of errors:

The cause of the error is that the device is installed incorrectly. There may be a hardware failure during installation or a new driver installation.

Solutions:

Remove the device, then the error will disappear.

12. The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)

Solution: Install driver

On the Device Properties dialog box, click the Driver tab, and then select Update Driver to open the Hardware Update Wizard. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

13. This device is disabled because the firmware of the device did not give it the required resources. (Code 29)

Solutions:

Activate device on BIOS.

14. This device is not working properly because Windows cannot load the drivers required for this device. (Code 31)

Fix it: Update the driver

On the Device Properties dialog box, click the Driver tab, and then select Update Driver to open the Hardware Update Wizard. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

15. A driver (service) for this device has been disabled. An alternate driver may be providing this functionality. (Code 32)

Causes of errors:

Driver is disabled on the Registry.

Solutions:

Reinstall the device driver. If this does not fix the problem, you can change the device parameter format on the Registry.

– Remove and then reinstall the driver:

Uninstall the driver on Device Manager, then find, download and reinstall the driver.

1. On the Device Properties dialog box, click the Driver tab, then click Uninstall and follow the on-screen instructions.

2. Restart your computer.

3. Open Device Manager. Here you select Action and then select Scan for hardware changes and follow the on-screen instructions.

– Change the Start type on the Registry:

The last way to fix this is to edit the Registry directly if the driver requires it, or reinstall the driver, upgrade the driver. You can use the Registry Editor to edit the Start Type in the Registry.

16. Windows cannot determine which resources are required for this device. (Code 33)

Causes of errors:

The compiler specifies the source type requested by the device.

Solutions:

Hardware configuration. If the hardware configuration does not work, you should replace the new hardware.

Hardware configuration or replacement:

If you run the Troubleshooting Wizard and still do not fix the error, configure or replace the hardware. Contact the hardware manufacturer for more information on how to configure or replace the hardware.

17. Windows cannot determine the settings for this device. Consult the documentation that came with this device and use the Resource tab to set the configuration. (Code 34)

Solution: Manually configure the device

The device will require manual configuration. You can contact the hardware manufacturer or consult the hardware documentation for manual configuration of the device.

Once you have configured the device, you can use the Resources tab in Device Manager to configure the resource settings on the Windows operating system.

18. Your computer’s system firmware does not include enough information to properly configure and use this device. To use this device, contact your computer manufacturer to obtain a firmware or BIOS update. (Code 35)

Causes of errors:

The Multiprocessor System (MPS) table, which stores resource assignments for the BIOS, is missing on your device port and must be updated.

Solutions:

Contact the manufacturer for BIOS updates.

19. This device is requesting a PCI interrupt but is configured for an ISA interrupt (or vice versa). Please use the computer’s system setup program to reconfigure the interrupt for this device. (Code 36)

Fix: Change IRQ Reservations settings

You can use the BIOS setup tool to change the IRQ Reservations setting (if available). BIOS also has the option to store certain IRQs for Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) or ISA devices.

20. Windows cannot initialize the device driver for this hardware. (Code 37)

Solutions:

Remove and reinstall Driver:

Uninstall the driver on Device Manager, then find, download and reinstall the driver.

1. On the Device Properties dialog box, click the Driver tab, then click Uninstall and follow the on-screen instructions.

2. Restart your computer.

3. Open Device Manager. Here you select Action and then select Scan for hardware changes and follow the on-screen instructions.

21. Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware because a previous instance of the device driver is still in memory. (Code 38)

Solutions:

– Using the Troubleshooting Wizard:

1. On the Properties dialog box, click the General tab.

2. Select Troubleshoot to open the Troubleshooting Wizard. The wizard will ask you some simple questions and provide solutions for you based on the answers you provide.

3. Perform the steps in the wizard that the wizard provides to fix the problem you are experiencing.

– Restart your computer:

Click Start, then select the Shut Down button. The Shut Down Windows dialog box appears, where you choose Restart to restart your computer.

22.Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)

Causes of errors:

Some of the causes of error code 39:

– The device requires a missing driver.

– Failed binary file error.

– File-related issues in I / O process ….

Solution: Remove and then reinstall the driver

Uninstall the driver on Device Manager, then find, download and reinstall the driver.

1. On the Device Properties dialog box, click the Driver tab, then click Uninstall and follow the on-screen instructions.

2. Restart your computer.

3. Open Device Manager. Here you select Action and then select Scan for hardware changes and follow the on-screen instructions.

23. Windows successfully loaded the device driver for this hardware but cannot find the hardware device. (Code 41)

Solutions:

This error occurs when you install the driver for a non Plug and Play device, but Windows can not find the device. To fix this you follow the steps below:

If using the Troubleshooting Wizard does not fix the problem, you can apply one of the following solutions:

– If the device has been removed, uninstall the driver, connect the device, then click Scan for hardware changes to reinstall the driver.

– And If the hardware is not removed, the driver file will be corrupted. In this case you should update the driver from Device Manager.

On the Properties dialog box, click the Driver tab, and then click Update Driver to open the Hardware Update Wizard and follow the on-screen instructions to update the driver.

– If your device is non-plug and play, you must install the latest driver version. To install the non-Plug and Play device, you use the Add Hardware Wizard. Click Start, then click Run and type hdwwiz.cpl in the Run command.

24. Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware because there is a duplicate device already running in the system. (Code 42)

Fix it: Restart your computer

Click Start, then select the Shut Down button. The Shut Down Windows dialog box appears, where you choose Restart to restart your computer.

25. An application or service has shut down this hardware device. (Code 44)

Fix it: Restart your computer

Click Start, then select the Shut Down button. The Shut Down Windows dialog box appears, where you choose Restart to restart your computer.

26. Currently, this hardware device is not connected to the computer. (Code 45)

This error occurs if a previous device ever connected to your computer but can no longer connect. To fix this, simply reconnect the hardware to the computer.

When you reconnect the device to the computer, the error code is automatically corrected.

27. Windows cannot gain access to this hardware device because the operating system is in the process of shutting down. (Code 46)

Solutions:

Device is unavailable because your system is turned off.

This case does not need any solution to overcome. Just restart your computer, the device hardware will work properly.

This error code only occurs when Driver Verifier is enabled and all applications are turned off.

28. Windows cannot use this hardware device because it has been prepared for safe removal, but it has not been removed from the computer. (Code 47)

Solutions:

– Reconnect the device:

This error occurs if you use the Safe Removal application to prepare to uninstall the device or to eject the device.

– Reconnect the device to your computer:

Disconnect your device from your computer, then reconnect it.

– Restart your computer:

Make sure your device is connected to your computer, then recharge your computer.

Click Start, then select the Shut Down button. The Shut Down Windows dialog box appears, where you choose Restart to restart your computer.

29. The software for this device has been blocked from starting because it is known to have problems with Windows. Contact the hardware vendor for a new driver. (Code 48)

Fix it: Update the driver

Contact the device hardware manufacturer for the latest driver update information or driver updates, and then install the drivers on your computer.

30. Windows cannot start new hardware devices because the system hive is too large (exceeds the Registry Size Limit). (Code 49)

Causes of errors:

The Hive system exceeds the maximum size and new devices can not work unless the size is reduced. The Hive system is part of the Registry associated with files that contain computer configuration information on the installed operating system. Configurations include applications, user preferences, devices, and so on.

The cause of the error may be that the specific device is not mounted on the computer but remains in the Hive system.

Solution: Uninstall the device that you no longer use

To fix this, you can uninstall any hardware that you do not use:

1. Set up Device Manager to show that the device is no longer connected to the computer

– Click Start and select Run to open the Run command window.

On the Run command, type cmd to open Command Prompt.

– In the Command Prompt window, enter the following command and press Enter:

set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1

2. On the Device Manager, click View, and then select Show hidden devices.

At this point you will see a list of devices not connected to your computer.

– Select the device you want to uninstall.

– In the Proprerties dialog box, click the Driver tab, then click Uninstall and follow the steps on the screen.

– Restart your computer.

3. Uninstall any device that you no longer use.

4. Check the Properties dialog box in the Device Manager window to see if the problem has been fixed.

31. Windows cannot verify the digital signature for the drivers required for this device. A recent hardware or software change might have installed a file that is signed incorrectly or damaged, or that might be malicious software from an unknown source. (Code 52)

Causes of errors:

The cause may be a faulty or damaged driver.

Solutions:

If you use the Troubleshooting Wizard and still do not fix the problem, you can try one of the following:

– If your device is a CD or DVD drive, you can use the Fix problems with CD or DVD drive that will not read or write media to fix the problem.

– Visit the manufacturer’s homepage to download and install the latest driver version for your device.