This device cannot start Code 10 error [Solved]

Camilla Mo, in Driver Error

This device cannot start. (Code 10)

The error code 10 is a common driver error. It indicates that the driver for the specific device is failing to load. Therefore, you can fix the problem by focusing on device drivers. Here you will learn how to fix the problem.


If you are in one of the following situations, try the easy tips first, which may work like a charm for you:

If you insert a PCI or ISA card into your computer (desktop PCs only), make sure it’s firmly seated in its slot. And make sure it’s plugged in and powered up.

If you are using an external device, try turning it off and then on again. And try plugging it to computer by using a different port.

Usually, for any device, uninstalling or reinstalling the driver would resolve the problem.

First, uninstall the driver. 

Follow these steps:

1. Go to Device Manager.

2. Locate the device that is causing the code 10 error. Right-click on it and select Uninstall on the context menu. Note following screenshot is just for your reference. The device name will vary depending on the specific device.



3. You might be required to confirm the uninstallation. When the Confirm window pops up, check the box next to “Delete the driver software for this device” and click OK button.



Secondly, reinstall the driver.

You can go to the computer or the device manufacturer’s website to download the latest driver. If you are using a brand computer, it is recommended that you go to the computer manufacturer’s website first as they may customize the driver.  Before you get started, ensure that you know the computer model or device model and the specific operating system that you are using (see How to Quickly Get Operating System Version).

Usually, the downloaded driver file will be .zip file or .exe file. For .zip file, extract it completely then you will get the .exe file. To install the driver, just double-click on the .exe file and follow the on-screen instructions.

Downloading drivers manually can take forever. If you have problem with downloading the driver manually, you can use Driver Easy to help you. Driver Easy can scan your computer to detect all problem drivers then give you a list of new drivers. It has Free version and Paid version. With the Paid version, to fix the problematic driver, all you need to do is click your mouse 2 times. 

1. Click Scan Now button. Then Driver Easy will scan your computer in several seconds and detect problem drivers.


2. Click Update All button. Then all drivers will be downloaded and installed automatically.


Moreover, with Driver Easy Paid version, you can enjoy free technical support guarantee. Regarding the code 10 error you’ve met, you can contact our professional support team for further assistance. We would help you fix the problem.

The Paid version offers 30-day money back guarantee. Please feel free to contact us to get a full refund if you are not satisfied with our product. Just click here to download Driver Easy now and have the code 10 error fixed quickly.

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