How to Fix Error Code 22

How to Fix Error Code 22


Error Code 22 - What is it?

This is a type of Device Manager Error code. Device manager errors are reported by the drivers causing the problem. It indicates that the devices are disabled in the Device Manager.

This error code is displayed in the following format:

This device is disabled. (Code 22)

It looks like a very simple matter to enable a device from the Device Manager interface but if the device fails to load then there are likely greater underlying problems with the drivers.

Drivers allow hardware devices to communicate with other hardware devices and the operating system.

Drivers contain instructions and operating procedures for devices. Without a driver, a hardware device will not function and may not even appear in the Device Manager.


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Error Causes

Common causes of error code 22 are:

  • Device is disabled
  • Driver is outdated
  • Driver is missing or corrupt
  • The previous attempt to update the driver failed
  • Device is damaged
  • Device is not configured as the default device

This means that though the error code 22 typically indicates that the device reporting the error is disabled but other causes can also be associated with the error occurrence.

Further Information and Manual Repair

Here are some of the best and easy do it yourself methods to resolve error 22 on your PC. Try these methods to repair the issue.

Method 1

If the error code 22 is triggered due to disabled device, then all you need to do to resolve the issue is enable the device.

To enable the disabled device, follow these steps. Simply go to the start menu and type Device Manager in the search bar. Now click on the Device Manager and then click Actions.

After you Click Actions, double click Enable Device. The Enable Device Wizard will pop up. Follow all the prompts from the Enable Device Wizard. This will hopefully resolve the issue.

Method 2

If method 1 doesn’t work then this means the problem is deeper then you think.  The problem can be triggered by missing, corrupted or outdated driver for the device reporting the error.

In such a situation it is advisable to reinstall the driver for the device. To do this first uninstall the driver for the device reporting error code 22 then reinstall the driver.

  • For this simply click Start menu, go to the control panel and then click Performance and Maintenance and then System.
  • In the new window you will then see a tab called Hardware and the Device Manager.
  • Double click on the device whose driver you need to uninstall.
  • Click on the properties window with a tab marked driver. Then click on the driver you want to uninstall.

To activate changes reboot your PC. Now reinstall the latest and updated version of the driver uninstalled using the Plug and Play feature.

Method 3

Sometimes devices can also get damaged due to registry issues. In such an event, install Total System Care.

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