This device cannot start Code 10 error [Solved]

By 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 update the driver would resolve the problem.

Method 1: Uninstall the driver

First, you can try to uninstall then reinstall the driver.  Follow these steps:

1) Go to Device Manager.

2) Locate the device that is causing the code 10 error. Right-click 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) When prompted to confirm the uninstallation, check the box next to “Delete the driver software for this device” and click the OK button.

4) Restart your computer and check to see if the problem is resolved.

Method 2: Update the driver

Uninstalling the driver may resolve the problem. But if it doesn’t, you can try to update the driver. 

There are two ways you can get update the driver: manually or automatically.

Manual driver update – You can update the driver manually by going to the manufacturer’s website for the device that has the code 10 error, and searching for the most recent correct driver. Be sure to choose only drivers that are compatible with your variant of Windows system.

Automatic driver update – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update the driver manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver EasyDriver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your device, and your system, and it will download and install the driver correctly:

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) Click the Update button next to the driver to automatically download and install the correct version of that driver (you can do this with the FREE version).

Or 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. (This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)

After updating the driver manually or automatically, check to see if the code 10 error is resolved.

If you have any questions, please leave your comment below. We’d love to hear of any ideas or suggestions.

  • currituck

    Had the problem for days, updating drivers, uninstalling and reinstalling for days. Finally found the problem in msconfig, boot options, advanced. Uncheck the PCI Lock box and restart. Three devices started working again.

    • KReeves

      Sadly mine is doing that but the PCI Lock box was unchecked.

      • Vijay LakhotRa

        Dude I don’t prefer to do this i had to install another windows because of login problem. Please do not install if you have important information or any documents in your computer

    • Rohit Vishwakarma

      hello can you describe in detail

      • currituck

        type msconfig, click OK
        when msconfig window shows, click Boot tab
        drop down and click Boot Options
        look at box next to PCI Lock
        if it has a check mark, click it
        click OK twice to close msconfig and restart PC

        • Vijay LakhotRa

          Don’t do this
          After restart it Locked my computer and niw I’m unable to log in it says incorrect pin

          • Brendan Jennings

            It isn’t possible for PCI Lock to prevent a login.

          • currituck

            Sorry you can’t log in. Try the password and not the PIN.
            I have done this on all PCs here with no problems.
            Also in the same window, DEBUG is unchecked.

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