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Solved: Device Manager Error This device cannot start. (Code 10)

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 This problem mostly occurs due to outdated, incompatible, missing or corrupt drivers, Faulty Device driver.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. And in all these cases hardware is not able to work properly.


Device Manager Error Code 10

Normally For proper functioning of your windows computer, it is very important that the individual hardware and software devices present on it work properly. If any of the devices 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. 

Whatever the reason, If you are struggling with this device cannot start. (code 10) error here effective solutions to get rid of this.

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 first Disable USB suspend Setting by following the below steps and check the problem solved.

  1. open control panel

  2. Search for and select Power Options.

  3. Now click on Change plan settings below your selected power plan (it’s normally Balanced ( recommended ) as shown below image.

change power plan settings
  1. Next select Change Advanced Power Settings.

  2. And expend USB 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.

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 )

  1. Press Windows + R, type regedit and ok to open windows registry editor,

  2. First backup registry Database, then navigate the following 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 has a different GUID. Here select the GUID of the device which you are getting This Device Cannot Start Code 10.

GUID for Different Devices

GUIDDevice Class4d36e965-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318CD/DVD/Blu-ray drivesCDROM4d36e967-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Hard drivesDiskDrive4d36e968-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Video adaptersDisplay4d36e969-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Floppy controllersFDC4d36e980-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Floppy drivesFloppyDisk4d36e96a-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Hard drive controllersHDC745a17a0-74d3-11d0-b6fe-00a0c90f57daSome USB devicesHIDClass6bdd1fc1-810f-11d0-bec7-08002be2092fIEEE 1394 host controller13946bdd1fc6-810f-11d0-bec7-08002be2092fCameras and scannersImage4d36e96b-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318KeyboardsKeyboard4d36e96d-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318ModemsModem4d36e96f-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Mice and pointing devicesMouse4d36e96c-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Audio and video devicesMedia4d36e972-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Network adaptersNet4d36e978-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Serial and parallel portsPorts4d36e97b-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318SCSI and RAID controllersSCSIAdapter4d36e97d-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318System buses, bridges, etc.System36fc9e60-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. 

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

  1. UpperFilters

  2. LowerFilters

Close Registry 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 manufacturer’s website and download it from there.

Or you can update the installed Device Driver by following below.

  1. Press Windows key + R then type “devmgmt.msc” and hit Enter to open device manager.

  2. Expand “Universal Serial Bus controllers” then right click on each one of them and choose Uninstall.

  3. (if you use a USB Keyboard or Mouse and you lost the connection, unplug and re-plug them to regain connectivity.)

  4. Once you have removed all of themrestart the computer and Windows will reinstall all of the USB controllers.

  5. Now Check The problematic Drive is working

Diagnose and fix Windows USB problems

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

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 currently 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.

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

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