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Solved: This device cannot start (code 10) Error network adapter

Sometimes Windows users notice After plugging a Device it’s not functioning properly. When checking on the device manager its showing error like this device cannot start code 10 or this device cannot start (code 10) a device that does not exist was specified. The error code 10 is a common driver error which indicates that the driver for the specific device is failing to load.

For the proper functioning of your 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 its consequences. And the full error would be like :

This device cannot start. (Code 10)

{Operation Failed}

The requested operation was unsuccessful.

This device cannot start (code 10) usually relates to communication with 1394 devices which are generally connected via a Firewire or USB cable. This issue might occur if the device settings are incorrect, Installed drivers are outdated, incompatible, missing or corrupt drivers or due to faulty hardware. Also In some cases, code 10 error also pops up if the device manager doesn’t understand the error generated by the driver. And in all these cases the hardware is not able to work properly,

A Code 10 error is generated in Device Manager in one of the following situations:

Device Manager can’t start the 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.


How to fix This device cannot start (code 10)

If you are also suffering from this device cannot start code 10 Error on Windows 10 Device manager and looking for solutions to fix this problem. Here follow steps, The Code 10 error is mainly related to hardware and device driver issues or to compatibility issues between hardware drivers and additional software that is installed in Windows. Therefore, we recommend that you troubleshoot these issues by focusing on device drivers, on-device configuration issues, and on hardware compatibility issues.

Start with Basic Troubleshooting

First, perform windows clean boot, Change the connected USB port with a different one. Plug the USB device into a different computer to see if it works there. If it does not work on a different computer, then the problem is with the device itself. contact with the device manufacturer or replace the device.

Run the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter

Windows 10 has a built-in troubleshooter to check and fix issues with devices and hardware. Mostly Before performing any troubleshooting steps we recommend to first let windows to fix this problem itself by running the Hardware and devices troubleshooter. To run This tool on start menu search type Troubleshooting and hit the enter key. Or you can open Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Troubleshooting. And click on view all from the left pane.

This will open the list of available windows troubleshooting tools. Here look for Hardware and devices and click on it. This will open the troubleshooting tool click on advanced and tick on Apply repairs automatically.

Click next and follow on-screen steps, After complete the troubleshooting simply restart windows and check the problem fixed. Still, need help fallow the next step.

Update the drivers for this device

As we before discussed this error is mostly related to installing driver error. May the installed driver is not compatible, outdated, corrupted etc. For this cause Update or install the latest driver work for most users. To do this

Click on start menu search type Device Manager and hit the enter key. Select the device that is causing the error (there will be a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark to the left of it). Right-click the specific device and select Properties, Now Click on the Driver menu tab and select Update Driver.

update driver on device manager

Here select search automatically for updated driver software click next windows will check for the best available driver for that particular device if found this will download and install. Or if you have Driver CD / DVD insert it and choose to browse my computer for driver software and select the driver path. Click next to Install the driver. After that Restart windows to apply the changes and check the problem fixed.

If the problem started after a recent driver update then you can use the Rollback driver option this will revert the installed driver to the previous one which works for you without any error.

Note: Rollback driver option only available if you recently update the driver

After driver update or Use Roll back driver option if still, you are getting the same error, simply uninstall the currently installed driver. Restart windows and visit device manufacturer website, look for the latest available driver for that device, Download and install the driver with administrative privilege Now check problem fixed.

Disable and re-enable the USB controller

Use Device Manager to disable and re-enable all the USB controllers. This lets the controllers recover the USB port from its unresponsive condition. To disable and re-enable the USB controllers.

Open Device manager from start menu search or you can simply right-click on windows 10 start menu and select Device Manager, Now scroll down and look for Universal Serial Bus controllers Expend it. Right-click the USB controller under Universal Serial Bus controllers, and then click Uninstall to remove it. Do the same for each USB controller that is listed under Universal Serial Bus controllers. Restart the computer. After the computer starts, Windows will automatically scan for hardware changes and reinstall all the USB controllers that you uninstalled. After that check the device working properly.

Perform System Restore

If before this device working properly, and this problem started after the Recent application installation, Update installation it’s the time to use the windows system restore feature. Which help to revert back your computer to the previous working state where system working without any error. You can read How to perform system restore on windows 10, 8.1 and 7 computers.

Manually fix corrupted registry entries

If after performing methods still your problem not solved. Then tweak some changes on the windows registry editor can fix this error permanently. Let’s see how to do.

Note: Bellow method we are going to make some changes no windows registry. We recommend to Backup Registry Data Base before making any modification on the windows registry.

Now open Windows registry editor to do this click on start menu search type regedit and hit the enter key.  Here move to the following path on registry editor left pane.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class ( expend the class key )

Here you will get some sub-keys that correspond to a unique Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) representing a device present on your system.

GUID Details  NoGUID DeviceClass 14d36e965-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318CD/DVD/Blu-ray drivesCDROM 24d36e967-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Hard drivesDiskDrive 24d36e968-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Video adaptersDisplay34d36e969-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Floppy controllersFDC 44d36e980-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Floppy drivesFloppyDisk 54d36e96a-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Hard drive controllersHDC 6745a17a0-74d3-11d0-b6fe-00a0c90f57daSome USB devicesHIDClass 76bdd1fc1-810f-11d0-bec7-08002be2092fIEEE 1394 host controller1394 86bdd1fc6-810f-11d0-bec7-08002be2092fCameras and scannersImage 94d36e96b-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318KeyboardsKeyboard 104d36e96d-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318ModemsModem 114d36e96f-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Mice and pointing devicesMouse 124d36e96c-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Audio and video devicesMedia 134d36e972-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Network adaptersNet 144d36e978-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318Serial and parallel portsPorts 154d36e97b-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318SCSI and RAID controllersSCSIAdapter 164d36e97d-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318System buses, bridges, etc.System 1736fc9e60-c465-11cf-8056-444553540000USB host controllers and hubsUSB

( Select the GUID as per your problematic device, for ex I am face problem with Network adapters then for me the GUID is 4d36e972-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318 ) And the exact path for me is


Note: For Different problematic Device GUID may Different For Ex if you having problem with Audio device then the GUID is 4d36e96c-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318 

When you click on GUID you will see UpperFilters and LowerFilters registry string(s) on the right pane. Right-click on it and Delete, Do the same for both keys. For Better understand check bellow video, For registry tweak check time 3.29 

That’s all Now Close Registry Editor and restart windows to take effect the changes you have made. Now After that check problem fixed.


These are some best working solutions to fix this device cannot start (code 10) on the network adapter. Also, these solutions applicable to fix Errors like this device cannot start code 10 Realtek high definition audio, the device cannot start code 10 wireless adapter or USB drive. Have any query suggestion about this feel free to comment below. Also, Read Fix Windows Store Problems Not Working, Won’t Open or Crashes.


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