Windows operating system users may often get an error code 43 saying, “Windows has stopped this Device because it has reported problems”. This error is very common for the users of Windows Operating System. I too got this error on my Windows 8 laptop and that error really irritated me a lot. Whenever Windows is unable to recognize any hardware device, it reports an error code 43. Now this hardware can be anything, ranging from a USB port to hard drive and video card or any other hardware component connected to your PC. This article will brief you regarding various reasons for the error code 43 and different methods to fix error code 43.
WHY ERROR CODE 43 OCCURS?
If I talk in practical terms, error code 43 occurs whenever any device driver is missing, corrupted or outdated. It may also be possible that a certain device driver you are using is not compatible with your operating system. In such a case, you will need to upgrade your device driver in order to fix error code 43.
As the time progresses, device drivers can get damaged or corrupted. This may result in Error code 43 with a very common error message saying “Windows has stopped this Device because it has reported problems”.
When you install or uninstall programs, upgrade or downgrade your Windows System, plug or unplug devices on PC, or when your PC gets infected with spyware or a virus, there is a huge chance that your device driver gets damaged in that process, and this resulting in error code 43.
HOW TO FIX ERROR CODE 43 ON WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEM
In this section, we will be giving you two methods to fix error code 43. The first method will let you fix error code 43 automatically and the second method will let you fix error code 43 manually, which is a bit more technical method.
METHOD 1: AUTOMATICALLY UPDATE YOUR DRIVERS
In order to automatically update your drivers, go through the following steps given below:
- Go through the process of uninstalling and re-installing your drivers manually.
- Run a free scan here.
- This software will match and download the correct drivers you need.
METHOD 2: MANUALLY UPDATE YOUR DRIVERS
This method is a bit more technical and it will let you update your drivers manually. Go through the following steps to manually update your drivers to fix error code 43.
STEP 1: UNINSTALL THE CURRENT DRIVER
The first step is to uninstall the current driver. Here, we have given detailed steps to do so.
- Go to Start and then Run.
- Type sysdm.cpl in the given text box.
- Press Enter.
- Here, you will see a hardware tab, which is usually at the second position from the left as indicated below.
- Then Click on Device Manager button.
- Here, you will see a list of all the devices that are installed on your computer.
- Among these devices, choose the one that is causing error code 43 to occur.
- Now uninstall this device.
STEP 2: LOCATE THE CORRECT DRIVER
- After uninstalling the device, go to your respective manufacturers’ website. That is, Dell users need to visit the Dell website, HP users need to visit HP website and so on. You can directly visit the corresponding websites as given below.
- Locate the latest driver for your device.
- Download and Install the respective driver.
STEP 3: REBOOT YOUR LAPTOP OR DESKTOP
After successfully uninstalling the faulty driver and installing the new driver for the required device, the final step is to reboot your computer. After rebooting your computer, check again if you are still getting the error code 43 or not.
Hopefully any of these procedures should fix error code 43 as these methods have worked well for many of the users. If you find an alternate method to fix error code 43, kindly share that with us. Do let us know how this method worked for you. Even if you find yourself into trouble while going through the procedure mentioned above, feel free to ask via comments.