How to fix driver error code 43

Error Code 43 is an error related to Device Manager, and usually appears as this: "Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. (Code 43)". This error message emerges in situations when Device Manager shuts down a hardware device, because the hardware's having some kind of unclear problem. When you connect a device to your computer, the system tries to reach the device driver and run the device according to the specific instructions. However, when the device doesn’t respond or the driver cannot be reached, system stops the device and displays this error.

Error Code 43 can be triggered by several issues:


  1. Reset the device. Sometimes the error can be avoided for some time by removing the device from the motherboard and reseating it, turning the device off and restarting your computer after a few minutes, etc.
  2. Install the latest Windows Updates:
    • Initiate the search for "Windows Update";
    • Choose "Windows Update" in the results;
    • Click on Check for Updates, then on Review optional updates;
    • Choose the needed updates and click Install updates;
    • Reboot your computer after the installation.
  3. Update the device manually
  4. For Windows XP:

    • Click on the Start, open the Control Panel;
    • Go to the Performance and Maintenance and then System;
    • Go to the Hardware Tab;
    • Click Device Manager, choose the driver, click the Update Driver button;
    • Follow the wizard instructions.

    For Windows Vista or Windows 7:

    • Click on the Start menu, go to the Control Panel;
    • Go to the Hardware and Sound and choose Device Manager;
    • Select the driver you need, go to the Driver tab, click the Update Driver Software button;
    • Follow the on-screen instructions.

    For Windows 8/8.1/10:

    • Press Win+X and choose Device Manager;
    • Find the required device;
    • Right click the device, and choose Properties;
    • Go to the Driver tab;
    • Click the Update Driver Software button;
    • Follow the setup wizard steps.