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Last Updated: 9/12/2016

The device failed to start.

Error Code


Display Message (Windows 2000 and later versions of Windows)

If the device's hardware key contains a "FailReasonString" value, the value string is displayed as the error message. (A driver or enumerator supplies this registry string value.) If the hardware key does not contain a "FailReasonString" value, the following generic error message is displayed:

"This device cannot start. (Code 10)"

"Try upgrading the device drivers for this device."

Select Update Driver, which starts the Hardware Update wizard.

This error code is set when one of the drivers in the device's driver stack fails IRP_MN_START_DEVICE. If there are many drivers in the stack, it can be difficult to determine the one that failed.

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