Windows has stopped this device code 43 error

By default, Windows automatically stops a device when it detects errors in hardware or software related to the device. Below are different methods to fix Windows has stopped this device code 43 error on Windows computer.

Windows has stopped this device code 43

Whenever Windows detects a software or hardware related error in a device, it automatically stops the device to prevent damaging the computer and displays the following error message.

“Windows has stopped this device because it was reporting problems (Code 43)”.

In most cases, the reason behind the Code 43 error on a Windows computer is usually due to a device driver failing to load, crashing due to some issue, or being outdated or corrupted.

1. Shut down and restart

Click on Start button > perfomance > shut down and wait for the computer to turn off completely. After 60 seconds, press the power button to restart the computer.

When the computer restarts, it should load the correct driver software required for all hardware devices on your computer to function properly.

2. Check Device Manager

Right click on the Start button and click device manager Possibility. On the Device Manager screen, right-click Failed or Unknown device and click Characteristics.

Bad device listed on Device Manager screen

Go to on the next screen driver tab and click update drivers Button.

Update driver option in Windows 10

On the next screen, click Search automatically for updated driver software option and allow Windows to search and install the correct drivers.

3. Install updates

Go to settings > Updates & Security > click windows update in the left pane. In the right pane, click Check for updates Button.

Check for Windows updates

If updates are available, the latest available device drivers will also be installed on your computer.

4. Disable fast startup

The Fast Startup feature on Windows computers has also been blamed for causing this problem.

Go to settings > system > click Performance & Sleep in the left pane. In the right pane, scroll down and next Additional power settings Shortcut.

Additional power settings option on the Windows settings screen

On the Power Options screen, click Choose what the power buttons do Shortcut.

Choose what the power buttons do

On the next screen, scroll down to “Shutdown Settings” and uncheck the box Turn on fast startup Possibility.

Disable fast startup option in Windows 10

Click on save Changes Button.

Reboot the computer > go to Device Manager and see if a device is reporting this error.

5. Uninstall and reinstall device drivers

Right click on the beginning click and click device manager. On the Device Manager screen, right-click the Bad device and click Uninstall device Possibility.

Uninstall faulty device

After that, right-click on the action tab and click Scanning for hardware changes.

Scan the computer for hardware changes

After that, go through the Device Manager screen to make sure there is an entry report error with a yellow exclamation mark.

6. Prevent Windows from turning off the device

The problem could also be related to the default Windows tendency to turn off power to unused USB ports.

Right-click Start button and click device manager Possibility. On the Device Manager screen, right-click USB distributor and click Characteristics.

USB Root HUB properties option in Windows 10

On the Properties screen, click power management Uncheck “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save battery” and click OK.

Allow the computer to turn off this device to save energy option in Windows 10

Repeat the above steps for other USB root hubs (if any) and Start anew your computer.

7. Disable the USB Selective Suspend setting

Another default setting in Windows computers is to save power by cutting off power to idle USB devices. This can sometimes lead to Code 43 errors.

Go to settings > system > Performance & Sleepscroll down and click Additional power settings Shortcut.

Additional power settings option on the Windows settings screen

On the Power Options screen, click Change plan settings Link next to the current power plan.

Change the power plan setting option in Windows 10 Control Panel

Then click on Change advanced power settings Shortcut.

Change advanced power settings in Windows 10

On the next screen, click USB settings > Setting for selective USB suspend and select disabled Option for “Plugged in” and also for “On Battery” if you are using a laptop.

USB Selective Suspend setting option in Windows 10

Click on OK to save the above settings.

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