It is often something of a wonder that about 45% of people still insist on using Windows XP despite the fact that it has been replaced by many alternative versions since its inception a decade ago. However, the downside to such loyalty to an old system is the possibility of driver incompatibility. This article identifies some of the most common errors that can arise in the hope that it will help users to find the right solutions in time.

Wrong configuration

If the driver is not configured well then you get an error code 1. This is simply an indicator that there are some drivers that are missing or the ones that you have are not configured as they should. The solution is to update your drivers or reconfigure them accordingly. If the driver or device is corrupted you will get an error code 3. On the other hand, this can occur if the system is out of memory. In this case, you will need to close some of the open applications or alternatively install additional RAM. However, if the system is corrupted then you have to run it through an antimalware package to clean it up.

Failure to start

At other times, you may notice that the device is not starting despite having all the necessary conditions for it to work. This could be a problem with a Fail Reason String that is found within the hardware key. The best way of dealing with this problem is to update the driver. Code 18 arises when you have problems reinstalling the drivers for a given device. This is normally a sign that the driver has either been corrupted or that it is only partially installed. You can get round this problem by uninstalling the driver and then reinstalling it with all the new updates. If the device drivers are missing completely then you should visit the manufacturer’s website and download them anew.

Sundry Driver Errors

You will get error code 31 when there are some unspecified driver errors. This is typically associated with the failure of Windows to download the requisite drivers for the given device. The operating system may even fail to initialize them. Hence, you will get a failure when an attempt is made to execute the driver entry routine. This error should be resolved through uninstalling and reinstalling accordingly. In cases, where Windows is unable to access the hardware, you will get error code 40. This is a sign that key information in the registry has either been incorrectly recorded or is alternatively missing completely. The new installation process will resolve that problem.

Missing hardware

There are instances where Windows has been able to download the appropriate device drivers but for some reason is unable to recognize the device itself. This is what is known as error code 41. You get this for non-plug and play devices that somehow get “lost” in the process. Error 48 means that the device is pre-blocked based on known errors or incompatibility with Windows. In that case you will have to contact the manufacturer for assistance.