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Code 43 – Windows has Stopped This Device Because It Has Reported Problems.

Code 43

The Code 43 error is a typical Device Manager Error Code faced via users. This error occurs whenever the Windows Device Manager restricts a hardware device because particular problems were reported because of that device. Along with the error code, there will be also an error message attached that is“Windows has stopped this device as it has reported problems”. In this article, we are going to talk bout Code 43 – Windows has Stopped This Device Because It Has Reported Problems.

There are two possibilities whenever this error occurs. One of them is an actual error in the hardware or either the windows cannot identify the issue as well. However, the device connected to your PC is being affected via the problem.

This error can be because of issues faced by any hardware in the device manager. However, majorly the error appears on USB devices and many other similar peripherals. Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7, any of Microsoft’s operating systems can also face this error. So, if any device or hardware is not working, then first of all, find out if that is due to the error code 43.

Identify If There Is Error Related To Code 43

  • Tap on Windows key + R, type the command devmgmt.msc in the dialog box, and press Enter.
  • The Device Manager dialog box will then open.
  • The device having a problem will actually have a yellow exclamation mark next to it. However, sometimes, you’ll have to check for the issues in your device manually.
  • Expand the device folder, that you feel has a problem. Here, we will troubleshooting issues along with the Display adapters. Double-tap on the selected device in order to open its Properties.
  • After opening the properties of the device, then you can see the status of the device. If it is working correctly or there is actually an error code.
  • If the device is working correctly, then it will actually show a message that the device is working properly under Device status.
  • A message related to error code 43 will also be displayed under Device status if there is actually an issue along with the device.
  • After getting the desired information, then just tap on the Ok button and close the Device Manager.

If you guys get a message stating “device is working properly,” then there is no issue along with any of your devices and then you can continue via your PC. However, if you get a message related to error code 43, then you have to fix it via using the below-listed troubleshooting steps.

Code 43 – Windows has Stopped This Device Because It Has Reported Problems.

Restart the System | Code 43

The first and foremost approach in order to resolve the issue is to restart the system. This is as a mere process in order to unplug USB is not enough. Hence, it is always advisable to shut down the system and restart after few minutes as well.

Steps, in order to use this approach, are:

  • Unplug the USB Drive.
  • Then turn off the System.
  • Permit System to set for at least 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Restart the System as well.
  • Plugin the USB Drive.

If the issue persists, then switch to the next approach.

Unplug then again Plug in the device

If any external device just like a printer, dongle, webcam, etc. is facing error code 43. Then through unplugging the device from the PC and plugging it back can also solve the problem.

If the problem persists, then just try to resolve it via changing the USB port (if another one is available). Some USB devices need more power, and also changing the port may fix the problem.

Remove other USB devices

If you have multiple USB devices connected to your PC and if you are facing error code 43, then the devices connected to your PC may also be facing incompatibility issues. So, via removing or unplugging many other devices and then restarting your PC can also solve the problem.

Reinstall the drivers for the device

Uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers for the device that is also facing error code 43 may resolve the issue.

In order to uninstall the drivers for the device facing the issue, just follow these steps:

  • Tap on Windows key + R, type the command devmgmt.msc in the dialog box, and click on Enter.
  • The Device Manager window will open.
  • Double-click on the device that is facing the problem.
  • The device Properties window will open.
  • Switch to the Driver tab then tap on the Uninstall Device button.
  • warning dialog box will open, that state that you are about to uninstall the device from your system. Tap on the Uninstall button.

Note: If you want to delete the driver software from your system, and then click on the checkbox next to Delete Driver Software from this Device.

  • Tap on the Uninstall button, your driver and device will be uninstalled from your PC.
  • It would be really best if you reinstall the drivers on the PC via following these steps:
  • Open the Device Manager dialog box via pressing Windows Key + R then type devmgmt.msc and tap on entering.
  • Switch to the Action Tab on the top. Now under Action, and choose Scan for hardware changes.
  • When the scan is completed, head & check the list of devices. The device & the drivers that you uninstalled will be automatically installed via Windows again.
  • After completing these steps, you have to check the status of the device, and also the following message may appear on your screen: “This device is working properly.”

Power Management

The save power feature of your PC can also be responsible for the device throwing error code 43. In order to check and to remove the save power option, then just follow these steps:

  • Click on Windows key + R, type the command devmgmt.msc in the dialog box, and then press enter.
  • The Device Manager dialog box will also open.
  • Scroll down the list and then expand the Universal serial bus controllers option via double-clicking on it.
  • Right-tap on the USB Root Hub option and select Properties. USB Root Hub Properties dialog box will open up.
  • Now just switch to the Power Management tab and Uncheck the box next to permit the computer to turn off this device to save power. then tap on OK.
  • Then repeat the same process if there is any other USB Root Hub device listed.

Update the drivers | Code 43

With updating the drivers for the device facing, you may be able to fix error code 43 on Windows 10. In order to update the driver for the device, now just follow these steps:

  • Tap on Windows key + R, type the command devmgmt.msc in the dialog box, and click on Enter.
  • The Device Manager dialog box will now open.
  • Right-tap on the device facing the problem and choose Update driver.
  • Tap on Search automatically for updated driver software.
  • Whenever its search is complete, if there are any update drivers, and then it will download and install them.

After completing these steps, the device thatwas facing problem drivers will be updated, and now your issue may also be resolved.

Replace the Device

The code 43 error may actually be cause due to the device itself. So, replacing the device is the best solution to resolve the error code 43. However, it is advisable that before replacing the device. First, you guys should try the methods listed above to troubleshoot the issue and fix any underlying issue causing the error code 43. If any of these methods do not really solve your issue, then you can also replace your device.


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