There are many Device Manager error codes and this includes Code 10 error, which is displayed as ‘This device cannot start. (Code 10)’, whenever the hardware device you are trying to access cannot be started. Whenever this happens, you can always check the details from the Device Status option from the device properties.
Do keep in mind however, that Device Manager error codes such as Code 10, are specifically for the Device Manager. Whenever it appears elsewhere in your Windows OS, there is the possibility that it is a system error code which you should not consider troubleshooting as one of the Device Manager issues.
What are the causes for the Code 10 Error?
A Code 10 error is generated and displayed whenever your computer’s Device Manager cannot start a specific hardware device due to corrupted or outdated device drivers. This is one of the reasons why it is also important for you to constantly check and download driver updates not only to keep the device functioning properly, but also to enjoy new features offered by the manufacturing company. Although the code 10 error message refers to Device Manager issues, it cannot pinpoint which specific driver or device hardware is having problems.
How to troubleshoot the Code 10 error
1. Restart your PC, since there is a slight chance that the cause of the Code 10 error is due to some temporarily problems in the Device Manager. If this is the case, rebooting your computer may do the trick.
2. If you have installed or updated a device before the Code 10 error appeared, there is the possibility that this has caused the Code 10 error. Solutions include removal or the reconfiguration of the device that you have recently installed, or the use of the roll back device driver or system restore to undo any recent changes you have made on the Device Manager.
3. If the mentioned solutions above fail, you always have the option of re-installing the drivers for your device. Remember however, that this is different from updating the driver since the former process entails the complete removal of the driver and installing it again from the very start.
5. Installing the most recent Windows service pack may also resolve the issue.
6. Delete upper and lower filter values in the computer’s registry.
7. If all the solutions suggested above still fail after trying them over and over again, the next best thing that you could do is replace the hardware completely since there is also the possibility that the Code 10 error is coming from the malfunctioning hardware device.