Some times windows users notice After plug a Device its not function properly. When check on device manager its showing error like this device cannot start code 10 or this device cannot start. (code 10) a device which 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 proper functioning of your computer, it is very important that the individual hardware and software devices present on it works properly. If any of the device 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)
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 This issue might occur if the device settings are incorrect, Installed drivers are outdated, incompatible, missing or corrupt drivers or due to faulty hardware.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 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 with this device cannot start code 10 Error on Windows 10 Device manager and looking for solutions to fix this problem. Here fallow bellow 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 different one.
Plug the USB device into a different computer to see if it works there. If it does not work in a different computer, then the problem is with the device itself. contact with 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 perform 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 enter key. Or you can open Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Troubleshooting. And click on view all from 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 fallow on screen steps, After complete the troubleshooting simply restart windows and check problem fixed. Still need help fallow next step.
Update the drivers for this device
As we before discussed this error is mostly related to installed 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 enter key. Select the device that is causing the error (there will be a yellow triangle with 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.
Here select search automatically for updated driver software click next windows will check for best avialable driver for that particular device if found this will download and install. Or if you have Driver CD / DVD insert it and choose 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 problem fixed.
If the problem started after recent driver update then you can use the Roll back driver option this will revert the installed driver to previous one which work for you without any error.
Note : Roll back 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 current installed driver. Restart windows and visit device manufacturer website, look for the latest available driver for that deice, 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 manger, 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 Recent application installation, Update installation its the time to use the windows system restore feature. Which help to revert back your computer to 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 perform above methods still your problem not solved. Then tweak some changes on windows registry editor can fix this error permanently. Lets see how to do.
Note : Bellow method we are going to make some changes no windows registry which is important part of windows. If anything goes wrong then system may not perform properly. We strongly recommend to create System restore point before make any changes. So that if any thing goes wrong we can perform system restore to revert back system to normal state.
Now open windows registry editor to do this click on start menu search type regedit and hit enter key. Here move to bellow path on registry editor left pane.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class ( expend the class key )
Here you will get some sub-keys which corresponds to a unique Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) representing a device present on your system.
|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|
|11||4d36e96f-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318||Mice and pointing devices||Mouse|
|12||4d36e96c-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318||Audio and video devices||Media|
|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 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 device manager. 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 bellow. Also share your windows 10 problems directly to us via our contact us form.