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Error Message: “This device cannot start. (Code 10)”

November 9th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

A Code 10 error occurs when can’t start a hardware device. This error is usually caused by corrupted or outdated drivers, so most often the solution is pretty easy.

  • The first solution to try is to restart your machine. Some error messages can be caused by a temporary problem.
  • Next, did you just install a new device or update? If you did, this might have caused the problem. Either roll back the driver you installed, or use the System Restore to undo recent Device Manager changes.
  • The most common fix for a Code 10 error is to uninstall and reinstall your device drivers. If it is a device 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.
  • You might also try to update the drivers for your device, if a more current version is available.
  • You can run an update for the Windows Service Pack. There might be a patch available which will solve your error.
  • If all of the above solutions don’t fix it, you might need to replace your hardware.
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