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Fix 'Windows Can't Start This Hardware Device' with Error Code 19

Updated on Dec 19, 2018 by Tracy King to Partition Manager

Don’t worry if you are told that ‘Windows can’t start this hardware device because its configuration information is incomplete or damaged’(Code 19). This article will offer you a quick fix and 3 effective solutions to repair Windows error 19 issue and fix ‘Windows can’t start this hardware device’ with ease.

Received 'Windows can't start this hardware device' with error code 19, help!

Windows error code 19.

"Help! Does anyone know how to fix or repair Windows error code 19 in Windows 10? 
Yesterday, I was trying to use Device Manager to update the hard drive driver in my PC since I've recently updated computer to the latest Windows 10 version. But the system won't allow do to so with an error message, telling that 'Windows can't start this hardware device because its configuration and information is incomplete or damaged.' What can I do to fix this issue and make everything work normally again?"

Don't worry if your computer can't manage or update hard drive or you are unable to use hard drive or storage devices in Windows PC with this error code, here below, just find reliable solutions here to quickly fix and repair Windows error code 19 and start hardware devices with ease now.

Quick Fix Windows error code 19

If you need a quick and reliable way to fix Windows error code 19 and make Windows start hardware devices without any problems, follow to solve this issue in 3 steps now:

# 1. Restart Windows PC

Yes, the first step is to restart Windows PC. After rebooting the PC, you can check whether the problem still exists or not.
Continue with Step 2 if the problem is still there.

# 2. Remove and reconnect newly added or installed device

If you've newly added or installed device in Windows PC, the system may not be able to recognize the device properly. 
Therefore, it's highly recommended for you to remove and reconnect the device into PC again to see if problems get solved or not.

# 3. Check and repair bad sectors on devices which cause error code 19

If Windows system has bad sectors or corrupted file systems on hard drive, it may lead to unexpected Windows fail to start device or error code 19 issue in Windows PC. So here we'd like to recommend you try free bad sector repair software - EaseUS Partition Master Free to effectively check and repair bad sectors on devices which cause error code 19 in Windows 10/8/7:

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 Windows 10 is supported


Step 1: Open EaseUS Partition Master on your computer. Then locate the disk, right-click the partition you want to check, and choose "Check File System".

Check Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the Check File System window, keep the "Try to fix errors if found" option selected and click "Start".

Check Partition - Step 2

Step 3: The software will begin checking your partition file system on your disk. When it has completed, click "Finish".

Check Partition - Step 3

Solutions to fix 'Windows can't start this hardware device' with error code 19

If you need more reliable solutions to thoroughly fix and resolve Windows error 19, just follow below-offered solutions to make Windows work normally with your devices now:

Solution 1. Update or uninstall/reinstall drivers or hardware device

Do remember to connect your device such as external hard drive or USB to PC if the problem exists on the portable devices.

1. Right-click This PC/Computer > Properties > Devices Manager;
2. Click on Disk driver > Right-click on hard devices or General Flash Disk USB Drive and select Update Driver software, Uninstall or search for hardware changes;
3. Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers and find and right-click on the USB Hub, select Update Driver Software or Uninstall .
Let the process complete and then reboot PC to check and reinstall drivers automatically.

Solution 2. Try System Restore to revert device drivers and registry configuration to previous state

1. Type: system restore in Search box and select Create a restore point;
2. Click System Protection when System Properties appears;
3. Click Configure;
4. Select Turn on system protection and click OK;
5. Repeat Step 1 and click System Protection, then click System Restore;
6. Select the right system restore point and click Next to follow the onscreen instructions to complete the System Restore process.
After this, restart computer and then you shall be able to use hardware devices in your PC without any error code or problems now.

Solution 3. Delete UpperFilters and LowerFilters which cause Windows error code 19 in DVD/CD-ROM

Registry UpperFilters and LowerFilters deletion may cause data loss issue in your PC, so please backup Registry in advance before you start doing below tips:

1. Press Win + R keys to bring up Run dialog, type: regedit and click OK;
2. Locate and follow to locate this registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318};
3. Find UpperFilters and right-click to Delete UpperFilters;
4. Find LowerFilters and right-click to Delete LowerFilters;
5. Click Yes to confirm the operation.
6. If you don't see UpperFilters or LowerFilters, delete all files and exit Registry Editor, restart PC by then.