Solved: This device cannot start (code 10) Error network adapter

Sometimes Windows users notice After plugging a Device it’s not functioning properly. When checking on the device manager its showing error like this device cannot start code 10 or this device cannot start (code 10) a device that does not exist was specified. The error code 10 is a common driver error which indicates that the driver for the specific device is failing to load.

For the proper functioning of your computer, it is very important that the individual hardware and software devices present on it work properly. If any of the devices fail to start/work or function, the user will start facing its consequences. And the full error would be like :

This device cannot start. (Code 10)

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    {Operation Failed}

    The requested operation was unsuccessful.

    This device cannot start (code 10) usually relates to communication with 1394 devices which are generally connected via a Firewire or USB cable. This issue might occur if the device settings are incorrect, Installed drivers are outdated, incompatible, missing or corrupt drivers or due to faulty hardware. Also In some cases, code 10 error also pops up if the device manager doesn’t understand the error generated by the driver. And in all these cases the hardware is not able to work properly,

    A Code 10 error is generated in Device Manager in one of the following situations:

    Device Manager can’t start the device.
    One of the drivers that the device needs does not start.
    Device Manager has insufficient information to recognize the error that is bubbled up by the device driver.

    How to fix This device cannot start (code 10)

    If you are also suffering from this device cannot start code 10 Error on Windows 10 Device manager and looking for solutions to fix this problem. Here follow steps, The Code 10 error is mainly related to hardware and device driver issues or to compatibility issues between hardware drivers and additional software that is installed in Windows. Therefore, we recommend that you troubleshoot these issues by focusing on device drivers, on-device configuration issues, and on hardware compatibility issues.

    Start with Basic Troubleshooting

    First, perform windows clean boot, Change the connected USB port with a different one. Plug the USB device into a different computer to see if it works there. If it does not work on a different computer, then the problem is with the device itself. contact with the device manufacturer or replace the device.

    Run the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter

    Windows 10 has a built-in troubleshooter to check and fix issues with devices and hardware. Mostly Before performing any troubleshooting steps we recommend to first let windows to fix this problem itself by running the Hardware and devices troubleshooter. To run This tool on start menu search type Troubleshooting and hit the enter key. Or you can open Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Troubleshooting. And click on view all from the left pane.

    This will open the list of available windows troubleshooting tools. Here look for Hardware and devices and click on it. This will open the troubleshooting tool click on advanced and tick on Apply repairs automatically.

    Click next and follow on-screen steps, After complete the troubleshooting simply restart windows and check the problem fixed. Still, need help fallow the next step.

    Update the drivers for this device

    As we before discussed this error is mostly related to installing driver error. May the installed driver is not compatible, outdated, corrupted etc. For this cause Update or install the latest driver work for most users. To do this

    Click on start menu search type Device Manager and hit the enter key. Select the device that is causing the error (there will be a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark to the left of it). Right-click the specific device and select Properties, Now Click on the Driver menu tab and select Update Driver.

    update driver on device manager

    Here select search automatically for updated driver software click next windows will check for the best available driver for that particular device if found this will download and install. Or if you have Driver CD / DVD insert it and choose to browse my computer for driver software and select the driver path. Click next to Install the driver. After that Restart windows to apply the changes and check the problem fixed.

    If the problem started after a recent driver update then you can use the Rollback driver option this will revert the installed driver to the previous one which works for you without any error.

    Note: Rollback driver option only available if you recently update the driver

    After driver update or Use Roll back driver option if still, you are getting the same error, simply uninstall the currently installed driver. Restart windows and visit device manufacturer website, look for the latest available driver for that device, Download and install the driver with administrative privilege Now check problem fixed.

    Disable and re-enable the USB controller

    Use Device Manager to disable and re-enable all the USB controllers. This lets the controllers recover the USB port from its unresponsive condition. To disable and re-enable the USB controllers.

    Open Device manager from start menu search or you can simply right-click on windows 10 start menu and select Device Manager, Now scroll down and look for Universal Serial Bus controllers Expend it. Right-click the USB controller under Universal Serial Bus controllers, and then click Uninstall to remove it. Do the same for each USB controller that is listed under Universal Serial Bus controllers. Restart the computer. After the computer starts, Windows will automatically scan for hardware changes and reinstall all the USB controllers that you uninstalled. After that check the device working properly.

    Perform System Restore

    If before this device working properly, and this problem started after the Recent application installation, Update installation it’s the time to use the windows system restore feature. Which help to revert back your computer to the previous working state where system working without any error. You can read How to perform system restore on windows 10, 8.1 and 7 computers.

    Manually fix corrupted registry entries

    If after performing methods still your problem not solved. Then tweak some changes on the windows registry editor can fix this error permanently. Let’s see how to do.

    Note: Bellow method we are going to make some changes no windows registry. We recommend to Backup Registry Data Base before making any modification on the windows registry.

    Now open Windows registry editor to do this click on start menu search type regedit and hit the enter key.  Here move to the following path on registry editor left pane.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class ( expend the class key )

    Here you will get some sub-keys that correspond to a unique Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) representing a device present on your system.

    GUID Details 
     No GUID  Device Class
     1 4d36e965-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318 CD/DVD/Blu-ray drives CDROM
     2 4d36e967-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318 Hard drives DiskDrive
     2 4d36e968-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318 Video adapters Display
    3 4d36e969-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318 Floppy controllers FDC
     4 4d36e980-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318 Floppy drives FloppyDisk
     5 4d36e96a-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318 Hard drive controllers HDC
     6 745a17a0-74d3-11d0-b6fe-00a0c90f57da Some USB devices HIDClass
     7 6bdd1fc1-810f-11d0-bec7-08002be2092f IEEE 1394 host controller 1394
     8 6bdd1fc6-810f-11d0-bec7-08002be2092f Cameras and scanners Image
     9 4d36e96b-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318 Keyboards Keyboard
     10 4d36e96d-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318 Modems Modem
     11 4d36e96f-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318 Mice and pointing devices Mouse
     12 4d36e96c-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318 Audio and video devices Media
     13 4d36e972-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318 Network adapters Net
     14 4d36e978-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318 Serial and parallel ports Ports
     15 4d36e97b-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318 SCSI and RAID controllers SCSIAdapter
     16 4d36e97d-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318 System buses, bridges, etc. System
     17 36fc9e60-c465-11cf-8056-444553540000 USB host controllers and hubs USB

    ( Select the GUID as per your problematic device, for ex I am face problem with Network adapters then for me the GUID is 4d36e972-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318 ) And the exact path for me is


    Note: For Different problematic Device GUID may Different For Ex if you having problem with Audio device then the GUID is 4d36e96c-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318 

    When you click on GUID you will see UpperFilters and LowerFilters registry string(s) on the right pane. Right-click on it and Delete, Do the same for both keys. For Better understand check bellow video, For registry tweak check time 3.29 

    That’s all Now Close Registry Editor and restart windows to take effect the changes you have made. Now After that check problem fixed.


    These are some best working solutions to fix this device cannot start (code 10) on the network adapter. Also, these solutions applicable to fix Errors like this device cannot start code 10 Realtek high definition audio, the device cannot start code 10 wireless adapter or USB drive. Have any query suggestion about this feel free to comment below. Also, Read Fix Windows Store Problems Not Working, Won’t Open or Crashes.

    3 thoughts on “Solved: This device cannot start (code 10) Error network adapter”

    1. This didn’t work for me, but I found the below on another site and that did work for me, placing here in case it helps others:

      Go to control panel –> network and sharing –> change adapter settings –> right click on connected wifi network —> properties –> configure –> power management –> unclick allow computer to turn off this device to save power. Worked in Windows 10 for me

    2. I have not sure about the above steps but when I Updated the driver and disable-enable driver and then restarted my Laptop then It started working.

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