Easy Fix: This device cannot start. (code 10) in Network Adapter

By Enya Zhang  Network issues  driver   0 Comment

If you ever run into this This device cannot start. (code 10) in network adapter error, don’t panic.

Check out the 2 easy fixes below and you’ll get your Internet connection up and running again in no time!

Try these fixes

Both fixes below work in Windows 10 and 7. Just work your way down the list until this this device cannot start. (code 10) network adapter issue goes away.

  1. Update your network adapter driver
  2. Power cycle your PC

Fix 1: Update your network adapter driver

Your corrupted/outdated/missing network adapter driver is most likely behind this This device cannot start. (code 10) error. So we might have to have the latest network adapter driver installed in order to get our network up and running again. 

Important: You might need to connect your computer to a working Wi-Fi network to get your network adapter driver updated and fix the issue.

There’re two ways you can update your device drivers — manually or automatically:

Update your network adapter driver manually – You can update the driver manually by going to the manufacturer’s official website, and searching for the most recent correct driver for the exact device. Be sure to choose ONLY drivers that are compatible with your variant of Windows system versions. Then download & update them all by yourself.

OR

Update your network adapter automatically  – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver EasyYou don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or  the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.  
  3. You can upgrade to the Pro version and click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of ALL the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. 

    You can also click Update to do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.

  4. Restart your computer and see if your network is working properly again.

Fix 2: Power cycle your PC

Sometimes the nonworking network adapter can be fixed by power cycling your PC, which is mainly about shutting down your PC and then disconnecting it from the power source before you turn it back on again. This is often used to refresh our Internet connection and hopefully fix our network adapter not working/responding issue. To do so:

I’m using a laptop:

I’m using a desktop:

 

I’m using a laptop:

  1. Unplug the charger, power off your laptop and remove the battery.
  2. Long press the power button for at least 30 seconds and wait for 10 minutes.
  3. Put the battery back in, charge your laptop and boot it up.
  4. Check the network and see if it works.

I’m using a desktop:

  1. Power off your computer and remove ALL of the power cables.
  2. Long press the power button for at least 30 seconds and wait for 10 minutes.
  3. Plug the power cables back in and boot up your PC.
  4. Check the network and see if it works.

 

There you go – top 2 fixes for your network adapter This devcie cannot start. (code 10) error. Hope this helps and feel free to drop a comment below if you have any further questions or ideas to share with us. 🙂

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