Fixing Error Code 16 – Windows cannot identify all the resources this device uses

You may receive the Device Manager Error Code 16 when installing a new device, plugin a device, installing driver or when booting your PC. The following complete error message may completely deny recognizing your device.

“Windows cannot identify all the resources this device uses. To specify additional resources for this device, click the Resources tab and fill in the missing settings. Check your hardware documentation to find out what settings to use. (Code 16)”

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Cause

This is mainly a hardware or driver problem. When your device driver is not properly configured, you will get this error message. In this situation, you need to remove the device completely and reinstall it again and then reset registry entry to enter fresh entry of this device.
 

How to Fix Error code 16 – Windows cannot identify all the resources this device uses

There are some ways to fix this device manager error. Apply them one by one until your problem gets fixed.

Fix: Configure Devices Resources

If the device is plug & play then, apply the following method to resolve this problem.

  1. Open Device Manager and double click on the device that is creating a problem.
  2. Go to Resource Tab.
  3. In the Resource Settings list, check to see if there is a question mark next to a resource. If so, select that resource, and assign it to the device.
  4. If a resource cannot be changed, click Change Settings. If Change Settings is unavailable, try to clear the Use automatic settings check box to make it available.

Method 1: Fix using Advanced System Repair Tool

As we know, that most prominent reason behind “Code 16” is corrupted, damaged or outdated device driver, so you need an Advanced System Repair Tool that easily fixes problems related to Device Manager. It also repairs missing or corrupted system files like dll files, exe files, exe files, sys files, ocx files, inf files etc. Most of the time “Code 16” error appears due to corrupted registry entries. Advanced System Repair Tool takes care of registry file too and fix error easily.

Method 2: Fix Corrupted Driver Problems

As you know that the core reason behind Error Code 16 – Windows cannot identify all the resources this device uses is corrupted or damaged device driver. So, Uninstalling and Reinstalling Device Driver may fix your issue permanently. Just uninstall the driver from Device Manager and install the latest version of the compatible driver.

1. Click on start menu and search for device. Now open Device Manager from search result.

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2. Select Problematic Device > Right click on them and then select Properties.

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3. Go to the Driver tab and then click on Uninstall button to uninstall the driver.

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4. Reboot your PC.
5. Open Device Manager again and Go to Action > Scan for hardware changes.

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Follow on-screen instruction and fix Device manager Error Code 16 – Windows cannot identify all the resources this device uses.

Method 3: Run Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter

Hardware Troubleshooter is an effective and easy way to fix any device related issues. Not only Error Code 16 – Windows cannot identify all the resources this device uses but if you are getting some other error message that is associated with Device Manager, then running Hardware Troubleshooter may give you quick fix of this error.

1. Click on Start Menu and search for troubleshoot. Click on Troubleshooting from the search item.

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2. Click View All link in the left panel. It will open all the troubleshooting menu.

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3. Find Hardware and Devices in the list and click on it. It will start Hardware and Devices Troubleshooting.

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4. Click Next to start the process.

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Method 4: Update Driver Manually

Above error is associated with driver software, so it is the best idea to update the driver manually.

1. Click on Start Menu and search for the device. Click on Device Manager from the search result. It will open Device Manager Windows.

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2. Search for the driver, which have the yellow exclamation mark and right click on them and select Update Driver Software. You must be connected to the internet before updating driver software.

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3. Select, “Search automatically for updated driver software”. It will search the internet for the latest driver software.

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4. If you have already a local file of driver software then select “Browse my computer for driver software” and browse a local copy of drivers.

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Method 5: Increase System Memory

You must analyze system memory to fix this problem. If your system is running out low memory issue then the mighty choice is installing additional RAM in your PC.

1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager. Click on More Details.

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2. Go to Performance Tab and analyze how much System memory is available for use.

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Method 6: Modify Registry File

Modifying registry file is not recommended because incorrect edit of registry file may harm your operating system badly. For added security, you must keep a backup of registry file before performing any operation on it.

1. Open Run command by pressing Windows Key + R and type regedit.exe

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2. Browse for following entries and delete UpperFilters and LowerFilters.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{36FC9E60-C465-11CF-8056-444553540000}
 
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3. Reboot your PC.
Recommendation: It is better to repair registry file using professional Advanced Repair Tool. It will automatically edit the required value and delete problematic values from registry file.

Summary

This article covers information about how to fix Device Manager Error Code 16 – Windows cannot identify all the resources this device uses in Windows PC.

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