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Fix This device cannot start Code 10 Device manager

This Device Cannot Start Code 10 error generally means that windows was unable to properly communicate with one of your installed device Driver. This problem mostly occur due to outdated, incompatible, missing or corrupt drivers, Faulty Device driver. Also some cases, Device Cannot Start Code 10  error also pops up if the device manager doesn’t understand the error generated by the driver. But in all these cases hardware is not able to work properly.

Normally For proper functioning of your windows 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 different error codes and device Stop working. And This Device Cannot Start Code 10 is one of them, This Error occur means

*Device Manager can’t start the attached 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. 

This Device Cannot Start Code 10

If you are struggling with This Device Cannot Start Code 10 error here apply bellow solutions to get rid of this. After understand the reason behind the Error code 10 Now lets move to solution parts.

Disable USB Suspend Settings

Most Windows users report After Disable USB suspend Setting on power option will Fix This Device Cannot Start Code 10 and start the attached device normally. We recommend to fist Disable USB suspend Setting by fallowing bellow steps and check problem solved. To do this

open control panel – > View by Small icon -> click on Power Options. Now click on Change plan settings bellow your selected power plan ( its normally Balanced ( recommended ) as shown bellow image.

change power plan settings

Next select Change Advanced Power Settings. And expendUSB Settings set the USB selective suspend setting to Disabled. *

* Note: If you own the laptop set the USB Suspend to Disable to both “On Battery” & “Plugged in”.

Disable USB Suspend Settings

Click OK to apply changes, Restart your computer. Now Attach the device and check its working properly and This Device Cannot Start Code 10 fixed. if still getting the same error fallow next solution.

Delete invalid or corrupted Registry entries

If above method failed to fix This Device Cannot Start Code 10 error try this registry Tweak ( Delete invalid or corrupted registry Entries )

First Open Registry Editor by fallowing : Simultaneously press “Windows” + “R” keys to open the RUN window. then type regedit Press Enter.

Here on Windows registry From the left pane, navigate to fallowing key:


 Note : This registry sub-key {36FC9E60-C465-11CF-8056-444553540000} is Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) representing a device present on your system. Every Device have a different GUID. Here select the GUID of the device which you are getting This Device Cannot Start Code 10.

GUID for Different Devices

4d36e965-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318CD/DVD/Blu-ray drivesCDROM
4d36e967-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Hard drivesDiskDrive
4d36e968-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Video adaptersDisplay
4d36e969-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Floppy controllersFDC
4d36e980-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Floppy drivesFloppyDisk
4d36e96a-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Hard drive controllersHDC
745a17a0-74d3-11d0-b6fe-00a0c90f57daSome USB devicesHIDClass
6bdd1fc1-810f-11d0-bec7-08002be2092fIEEE 1394 host controller1394
6bdd1fc6-810f-11d0-bec7-08002be2092fCameras and scannersImage
4d36e96f-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Mice and pointing devicesMouse
4d36e96c-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Audio and video devicesMedia
4d36e972-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Network adaptersNet
4d36e978-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Serial and parallel portsPorts
4d36e97b-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318SCSI and RAID controllersSCSIAdapter
4d36e97d-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318System buses, bridges, etc.System
36fc9e60-c465-11cf-8056-444553540000USB host controllers and hubsUSB

For ex : If you are having This Device Cannot Start Code 10 error on Network Adapter then select GUID 4d36e972-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318. or If you have a USB device The select GUID 36fc9e60-c465-11cf-8056-444553540000. 

LowerFilters registry stringNow Look at the right-pane and Delete (right-click > Deletethe following registry entries (values) if found:

    • UpperFilters
    • LowerFilters

 CloseRegistry Editor and restart your computer check the problematic Device is working properly . For Better understand Check bellow video.

Uninstall all USB controllers

As discuss Before This errors also mostly caused by old, Corrupted device drivers that have to be updated. The best way to make sure you have the latest and most up to date driver for a device is to go to the manufacturers website and download it from there.

Or you can update the installed Device Driver by fallowing bellow.

Press Windows key + R then type “devmgmt.msc” and hit Enter to open device manager. Expand “Universal Serial Bus controllers” then right click on each one of them and choose Uninstall. (if you use a USB Keyboard or Mouse and you lost the connection, unplug and re-plug them to regain connectivity.) Once you have removed all of themrestart the computer and Windows will reinstall all of the USB controllers. Now Check The problemetic Drive is working

Diagnose and fix Windows USB problems

If all above methods fails to fix This Device Cannot Start Code 10  Then you can Download Microsoft official USB disgnostic Tool From Given Download link.

Download USB Fix Tool 

Note : This Diagnostic Tool Help to fix USB audio, storage, and print devices—such as thumb drives, USB hard drives, and USB printers—that do not eject using the Safely Remove Hardware dialog box, Getting Different Error codes.

After download the tool Right click and select Run or Open to run the troubleshooting Too. Here click on Advanced and tick mark on Apply repairs Automatically click next This will start the USB diagnostic process.

windows usb troubleshooting tool

If found any problem with current installed USB device this will try to fix itself or instruct where is the problem causing. After that Restart windows and check problem solved or not.

Other methods you can Try

If still This Device Cannot Start Code 10  not solved after apply above solutions then now its time to utilize the windows system Restore Feature. Which revert your windows computer to previous working state where windows working without any error.

Note : This method only applicable if you face This Device Cannot Start Code 10 on a device which working before and recently getting problem with Error This Device Cannot Start Code 10.

Check How to perform system restore your windows 10 computer to a revert your computer to previous working state.

Also if you are using a external Hard disk or printer , scanner we recommend to Change the device’s USB cable and check the device with different computer.

These are some best working solutions to fix This Device Cannot Start Code 10 Error on Windows 10 computer. I hope after apply these solutions your problem This Device Cannot Start Code 10  will get solved. If still have any query ,suggestion Feel free to comment bellow.

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