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December 14, 2007

Device Manager Error Codes

The Device Manager in Windows XP is often the first place to look when you are having a problem with Microsoft Windows--particularly a piece of hardware that is malfunctioning. The Device manager lists the components in order, and will sometimes have a red "X" over the device, or an exclamation point beside its icon. This indicates there is a problem with the device, and if you double click the icon, you may find that there is an error code associated with the error.

Error Codes and Explanation
Code 1
Problem: This device is not configured correctly. (Code 1)
Resolution: This error could mean the device has no drivers installed or is incorrectly configured. Try updating the drive by clicking Update Driver. This starts the Hardware Update wizard. If updating the driver doesn't work, see your hardware documentation for more info.

Code 10
Problem: This device cannot start. (Code 10)
Resolution: First, try updating the driver for this device. If that doesn't work, on the General Properties tab of the device, click Troubleshoot to start the Troubleshooting Wizard.

Code 19
Problem: A registry problem was detected (Code 19)
Resolution: Navigate to the General Properties tab of this device, then click Troubleshoot to start the Troubleshooting Wizard. Click Uninstall, and then click Scan for hardware changes to load a usable driver. Restart the computer in Safe Mode, and then select Last Known Good Configuration. This rolls back to the most recent successful registry configuration.

Code 22
Problem: This device is disabled. (Code 22)
Resolution: The device is disabled because a user disabled it by using Device Manager. Click Enable Device. This starts the Enable Device wizard.

Code 39
Problem: Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)
Resolution: The driver may be corrupt. You should uninstall the current driver, then click scan for hardware changes. To reinstall the driver.

Error Code Summary
Some typical resolutions for Microsoft Windows error codes:

Uninstall the driver for the device.
Reinstall the driver.
Try Rebooting.
Swap out the hardware with a known good device.
Roll back the driver.
If all else fails, either reinstall Windows or use the recovery disks that came with the PC. Be sure to backup all data first.

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