Fix “The Device Cannot Start. (Code 10)” Error

By 2 months ago

I recently attempted to install a USB printer on my Windows XP laptop, but received the following error message after Windows detected the printer:

The device will not turn on. (Code 10)
If you’re having difficulties using USB devices, there are a few things you may take to resolve the problem. To begin, if you have more than one computer, you should attach the USB device to a second computer to see if the problem is with the USB device or the computer. It’s a problem with your machine if it instals and operates properly.

If not, there could be a problem with the USB device. It could, however, be a defective driver that will not operate on any computer, no matter which one you connect it to. In any event, here are four approaches to resolving the issue:

Method 1 – Uninstall and Update USB driver

The majority of the time, this problem is caused by outdated device drivers that need to be updated. Going to the manufacturer’s website and downloading the newest and most up-to-date driver for a device is the best way to ensure you have the latest and most up-to-date driver.

Then, if you see the device displayed with a yellow exclamation mark in Device Manager, right-click on it and uninstall the current driver that is causing problems.

Reconnect the device and point to the folder containing the fresh drivers when prompted for device drivers. If you don’t see a yellow exclamation mark, right-click and select Update Driver. If step 1 fails, try method 2!

Method 2 – Use USB 1.1 or 2.0 cables/ports

This may appear to be a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning because it can cause this issue. If you work in IT, you probably have 50 USB cables hanging around from old USB printers, cameras, and other devices.

This error may occur if you try to connect a USB 1.1 device to a USB 2.0 device or a USB 2.0 device to a USB 1.1 device. Make that you’re using the correct USB cable for the device’s speed. It might be as simple as switching cords, so be cautious!

You may also have this issue if you insert a USB 2.0 device into a port that only supports USB 1.1! If you have an older computer and want to connect newer USB devices to it, you may need to invest in a USB 2.0 external hub.

Method 3 – Uninstall all USB controllers

If it doesn’t work, you’ll likely need to delete and reinstall all of your USB controllers! Fortunately, this isn’t difficult, and Windows will automatically restore the drivers for you! In case you were concerned, it will not harm your system in any way.

Basically, go to Device Manager (Start – Control Panel – System – Hardware tab) and expand the Universal Serial Bus Controllers section.

Uninstall each one by right-clicking on it. Restart the computer after you’ve deleted all of them, and Windows will reinstall all of the USB controllers. Now put in your USB device and hope it instals without a hitch! If the USB device works correctly on another computer, you should definitely try this third technique because it suggests something is wrong with the USB controllers.

Method 4 – Get an external USB hub

Finally, this issue could be caused by the device not receiving sufficient power! If you have a monitor or keyboard that works as a hub (has USB ports), you can get this error because not enough power can pass through the keyboard and into your external USB hard disc!

To avoid receiving the “device cannot start” problem, you will need to purchase an external USB hub and connect the USB devices to it.

Hopefully, one of the ways listed above will resolve your USB device issue! If not, leave a remark and I’ll do my best to assist! Enjoy!

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