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Fixed: Windows Cannot Intialize the Device for This Hardware(code 37)

Posted on Oct 20, 2017 by Brithny to Resource


Windows cannot initialize the device for this hardware(code 37)! Just relax! This guide is giving you 3 tried-and-true solutions to fix this driver error and restore your lost data.

Windows Cannot Initialize the Device for This Hardware!

Help! My Windows cannot initialize the device driver for this hardware(code 37). I was unable to get a computer device that is installed on my PC to work and receive this error code, the driver returned a failure during the initialization process that is making the device unusable. What can I do to get out of this situation? 

how to fix code 37 error when it appears

How to fix code 37 errors in Windows

Many Windows users are reporting it because any of Microsoft's operating systems could experience a Code 37 Device Manager error including Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and more. The error codes indeed bother a lot of users. The good news is you can fix it easily with this guide.

Here're 3 methods you can do to fix this problem. You don't have to try them all; just work your way down until you find the one that works.

Method 1. Restart your computer and scan for hardware changes

This error (code 37) may be a temporary problem, so, a restart of your computer might be all you need to fix the Code 37 error. If this fails, follow the steps below to scan the hardware changes to get Windows code 37 error fixed!

Step 1. press the Windows logo key + R to invoke the Run box.

Step 2. Type devmgmt.msc and click OK.

type the code in the run box
Step 3. Click Scan for hardware changes in the Action section. Windows should then reinstall or upgrade your device driver automatically.

scan for the changes

Step 4. Restart your computer and check to see if your device status is normal.

check the device status

Method 2. Uninstall the device driver

To do this, perform the steps listed below: (These steps are for Windows Vista and above.)

Click Start, type Device Manager in Start Search box and press Enter to display the Device Manager window.
Here, browse to the device that is generating the error and right-click on it.
Click Uninstall.

uninstall device

Follow the Windows instructions to complete the process and then check whether it works or not!

Method 3. Reinstall the device driver

To fix the code 37 issue you must make sure that your device is properly connected to your system. To do this, ensure all the cables at the rear or your computer is fully connected and that all the components inside are well accounted for. To reinstall the device driver you should follow these steps.

  • Open the Control Panel, select System.
  • In the System Properties dialog box, select the Hardware tab.
  • Click on Device Manager tab.
  • Scroll down the Device Manager window and identify the device that isn't working properly.
  • Right-click on the Hardware and select Update Driver.
  • Then follow the Windows instructions to update your driver.

How to recover data from not initialized storage device?

When a storage device is shown uninitialized in Device Manager or Disk Management, some users will try to initialize it or format it to make the device recognized by the system. 

However, such operation often causes data loss due to error code 37, you can follow this instruction to recover lost data from not initialized devices with the free recovery tool.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and then select storage location where you lost files and click "Scan".

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will start a quick scan to find lost files;
After the quick scan, a deep scan will automatically start to find more files;

Step 3. Preview and restore lost data;
You can preview found data by file types, select found data and click "Recover" to save them to another safe spot in PC/storage device.

preview and recover lost files from not initialized device