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A Quick Guide to Fixing Error Code 10

Error Code 10 - What is it?

Error code 10 is a type of Window Device Manager error code. This error code is generated when the Device Manager can’t start the hardware device or is experiencing device driver issues. It is displayed in the following format:

"This device cannot start. (Code 10)"

You can access complete details about error codes related to Device Manager such as code 10 through the Device Status area in the Device Properties.

By accessing Device Status, you can easily view the status of each device and learn about the specific device that could be causing the problem.

Solution

driverfix boxError Causes

Error code 10 can be triggered due to several reasons. These include:

  • Outdated drivers
  • Corrupted drivers
  • Incompatible drivers
  • Device configuration issues
  • Hardware compatibility problems

Device driver corruption can cause you great inconvenience and PC performance issues. The computer’s operating system relies heavily on device drivers to communicate with the hardware.

For example, the printer driver facilitates functioning of the printer. Similarly, the graphic card driver ensures proper video output on the monitor screen.

However, your PC hardware, such as printer or keyboard, may stop functioning properly if their device drivers become outdated or corrupt. Therefore to avoid inconvenience and to ensure your PC works properly, it is important to resolve the problem immediately without any delay.

Further Information and Manual Repair

To repair error code 10, you don’t have to be a technical whiz or hire a professional computer programmer. Here are some of the best and easy to perform DIY methods that can help you fix this device error in no time.

Method 1 - Reboot Your PC

Sometimes temporary problems in Device Manager can also generate code 10 error. Therefore it is advisable to restart your PC. Rebooting your system might fix the error. Try it! If it does, great, however, if the error still persists, then try other methods listed below.

Method 2 - Reinstall Drivers

Go through the Device Status in the Device Properties to view the driver causing the problem. If any driver is tagged with a yellow exclamation point, it means that driver is the one causing problems. Once identified, uninstall that driver and then reinstall it. This will hopefully resolve the problem.

Method 3 - Update the Device Driver

Whether the error code 10 is generated due to incompatible, corrupted, or outdated device drivers, simply update the device driver to resolve. To update the driver, go to the Device Manager, then click the driver tab in the device properties dialog box.

After that, click update driver. This will start the hardware update wizard. Then follow the instructions to update the driver on your PC. During this process, you may be prompted to provide the driver path.

If you don’t have it, then you will have to download the latest driver from the hardware vendor’s official website. This can be time-consuming and stressful.

Method 4 - Install DriverFIX

Another alternative is to install DriverFIX.  It is a user-friendly device driver management software with an intuitive interface.

Its intelligent algorithm is designed to detect all the problematic drivers in seconds. It automatically updates and accurately installs appropriate drivers and ensures your PC runs at its optimum level in no time.

Click here to download DriverFIX on your system to resolve error code 10.

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Option 2 – Try checking the settings in the Windows Registry

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  • Next, create a script file named “MapDrives.ps1” and then copy and paste the following content. Just make sure to save both scripts in the same folder.
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Option 1 – Try creating a startup item

Note that this option only works on devices that have network access at login. So if it’s not there, the script will fail to reconnect the network drivers automatically. To create a startup item, here’s what you have to do:
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  • After that, open the Scripts folder located at %SystemDrive%Scripts copy-paste MapDrives.ps1 and then copy and paste MapDrives.ps1 in there.
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Option 2 – Create a scheduled task

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  • Next, type “Powershell.exe” in the Program/Script field, and in the Add arguments (optional) field, type the following:
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Option 3 – Use the Group Policy settings

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  • 0x80070001 – If you got this particular error code when trying to back up a specific library or when you accept the default settings in Windows Backup and Restore.
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  • 0x80070003 – If you got this error code when trying to restore the folders or files in a library by using the Windows Backup and Restore.
  • On the other hand, you cannot use the Browse for files or the Browse for folders functionality.
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Option 1 – Try disabling the proxy server for your LAN

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Option 2 – Try to reset Winsock, TCP/IP & Flush DNS

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Option 3 – Try using a VPN connection

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Option 4 – Try clearing browser data

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Option 5 – Get rid of any conflicting browser extensions

  • Open Chrome and press Alt + F keys.
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  • Next, scroll down until you see the Advanced option, once you see it, click on it.
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Option 1 – Turn off or on the Mobile Hotspot remotely via Windows 10 Settings app

  • First, you need to open the Windows 10 Settings app and from there go to Network & Internet and then go to the Mobile Hotspot section.
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Option 2 – Turn off or on the Mobile Hotspot remotely via Registry Editor

Before you get started with the second option, make sure that you create a System Restore point first. Once done, proceed to the following steps:
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  • Next, navigate to this registry path: ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWcmSvcTethering
  • From there, look for the DWORD named “RemoteStartupDisabled” and set its Value data to be “0”. This will enable the feature that will allow you to remotely turn on or off the mobile hotspot in your Windows 10 computer. To disable it, just set its Value data to “1”.
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Open File Explorer via EXE file

  1. Open File Explorer typically
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  3. Locate file explorer application
  4. Right-click on it and select Run as Administrator
  5. Run File Explorer
A new instance of file explorer will pop with elevated administrator privileges.

Run it as an administrator using the Task Manager

  1. Open the Task Manager ( CTRL + SHIFT + ESC )
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