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Fixed! Windows Can’t Load Device Driver for This Hardware Code 38

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When you connect an external drive like an external hard drive, USB stick, memory card, SD card, etc. to your computer, the device will push the driver via the USB port or you can choose to manually install the device driver through an external medium.

After the device driver is successfully installed and loaded, the connection between your PC and the external drive is established, and you can use the device normally.

However, sometimes, you may find that you can’t use the external drive as normal without receiving any error message. In a situation like this, you can go to Device Manager to check the status of the device and find out what the problem is.

If everything is OK, the message in the Device status section is This device is working properly.

However, if there is a problem, you can find an error code in the Device status section in the Windows Device Manager.

Take the following Device Manager code 38 as an example. You can see that the Device status shows you the information on this error:

Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware because a previous instance of the device driver is still in memory. (Code 38)

The driver could not be loaded because a previous version of the driver is still in memory.

Top Reasons for Error Code 38 Windows 10
To help you better understand this Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware code 38 error, we summarize some main causes as follows:

The hard disk is turned off when the computer is idle.
The USB drive is in trouble.
The USB controller driver is not installed correctly.
The USB controller driver is corrupted.
The USB controller driver is outdated.
The USB controller driver has interfered with some third-party programs & services.
And more….
These things might cause Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware code 38. Focusing on them, we introduce some solutions for you. If you are not sure which is the real cause of the error, you can try these methods one by one until you find the suitable one.

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