Windows 10 Error Code 37 in Device Manager describes the status of a specific device. The full error message is as follows: “Windows can not initiate the device driver for this hardware. (Code 37) “This mainly happens when you connect a device to your computer incorrectly. It often appears on devices (USB), optical drives such as blue-ray players and DVD / CD-ROM drives. It also appears on the graphics card, sound card, Xbox One controller and all other devices. All operating systems may encounter error code 39, including Windows 10, Windows 8.1 / 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.
Causes of Windows 10 Error Code 37
- Device drivers are missing and / or corrupted.
- The device drivers are obsolete.
- The computer is infected with malware / viruses.
- A previous attempt to update your device drivers failed.
- The hardware device is incompatible with your computer.
How to Fix Windows 10 Error Code 37 ?
The solution varies from different causes of the code 37 error. Let’s check them one by one until the one that works.
Solution 1: Update Driver for the Device That Has the Code 37 Error
Since the driver problem is the primary cause of code error 37, we try to update it first. To update the driver, it means reinstalling the driver if the installed driver is corrupt or installing the latest driver if the driver is outdated. You can try both.
Follow the steps below to reinstall the driver:
Step 1: Click Start menu and search input “device manager” in the search box, then press enter to open the Device Manager.
Step 2: Locate the problematic device and expand it.
Step 3: Right click it, choose “Properties”, and “Driver” tab.
Step 4: Click the Uninstall button to uninstal lthe driver.
Step 5: Restart your computer. In most cases, the computer would install the driver automatically in the restart process.
If you can not install the driver, you can manually install it by searching the official hardware manufacturer’s website or by using a driver update tool such as Driver Talent to automatically install the driver for the driver peripheral.
Solution 2: Use SFC/Scannow Command to Repair System Files
The SFC command can be used to check and replace important system files for Windows. If the 37 code error is caused by Windows itself, it is possible to correct the error by running the System File Checker tool. Take the measures below:
Step 1: Click Start menu and input “cmd” in the search box.
Step 2：Right click it and choose “Run as administrator”.
Step 3: Once you opened the command prompt box, input “sfc/scannow” and press enter.
Step 4: If there is problem in the system files, it should be cleared.
Solution 3: Edit Registry Values
The upperfilters and lowerfilters values in the registry sometimes cause driver error codes. So you can try to delete the values. See Method 2 of this article to resolve driver error code 39 to learn how to remove the values from the upper and lower filters. Please carefully check the GUID of different devices in the table. If there is no upperfilters or lowerfilters value in your registry, this solution is not for you.
Solution 4: Reinstall Your System
If the above solutions can not solve your problem, a reinstallation of the system may be the last solution that works. Or you can check the material to see if it’s broken. Purchase new equipment or send your computer to a nearby repair shop.
Note: If your computer is still in warranty, you can contact the manufacturer for free help.