The Device Cannot Start


Your computer generates this error when it fails to start a recently connected hardware device. It may occur when your computer fails to recognize the device, or it encounters compatibility, driver installation problems.


Download the Diagnostic

There are certain situations when missing entries in your registry and registry corruption causes this problem. Try running a registry scan to identify if there are any such issues.

  1. Click the button below to download and install the Diagnostic
  2. Perform a Registry scan and fix any problems detected.
  3. Restart your computer.

Estimated Download Time: 10 Seconds

Install Windows Updates

Grab latest updates from Microsoft to ensure your computer recognizes and communicates with the newly connected hardware. Windows 10 regularly checks for updates, however, you may conduct a manual scan as shown below:

1. Click Start; select the Settings icon.


2. Click Update & Security icon.

3. Click the Windows Update tab.


4. Click on Check for Updates.

Download Driver Updates from Vendor’s Website

If Windows Update fails to obtain required updates for your hardware, you might want to visit the vendor’s website and check the Drivers & Downloads section. Select the Windows version (Windows 10/ 8.1/ 8) and system type (32/ 64 bit) you’re currently using. Run the downloaded setup and follow the on-screen instructions.

1. Press Windows Key + X; choose Run.

2. Type RegEdit and click OK.


3. It opens up a new window.

4. Locate the following subkey:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\

5. You have now a long list of subkeys.


6. Determine the class GUID is corresponding the newly connected hardware. Expand it.

7. Delete the following strings: (Right click > Delete)

  • UpperFilters
  • LowerFilters


8. Close the Registry Editor, and restart your computer.

Reinstall the Driver

When a device driver malfunction arises, Device Manager shows a yellow color exclamation mark. It helps to identify and reinstalling the impaired driver.

1. Press Windows Key + X; select theĀ Device Manager.

2. Expand the top node.

3. Click View | Show hidden devices.


4. Do you see any drivers with a yellow color exclamation mark? Right-click such driver(s), select Uninstall.

Rollback the Driver

The rollback feature restores a previous working version of your driver. The steps to restore previous driver version are as under:

1. Open the Device Manager window, and show hidden devices.

2. Right click the driver you’d like to rollback; choose Properties.


3. Click the Driver tab, and then Rollback Driver button.


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