How to Repair Error 32 – A driver for this device has been disabled

In the article below, we will discuss how to fix a common problem that many people face – error code 32. This error can occur when a driver for a certain device has been disabled. There are several ways to fix this error, and we will go over each of them in detail. We hope that this article will help you resolve the issue quickly and easily.

What is error 32?

Code 32, a Device Manager error, occurs when the device driver and other required driver-related services are disabled.

Error code 32 is usually displayed as:

“The driver (service) for this device has been disabled. This functionality is probably provided by an alternate driver. Code 32.”

When a driver problem occurs, it is reported in the Device Manager. Error code 32 does not corrupt the system, but it can cause the loss of functionality of a hardware device whose driver is disabled.

What causes error 32?

Error 32 is usually caused by a conflict in the Windows registry, where the boot type for the affected device is set to “Disable”.

However, there are many other known causes for this error, the most common of which are listed below:

  • The device driver is corrupted.
  • The device driver is out of date.
  • The device is not properly configured.
  • A previous attempt to update the device drivers failed.
  • The service required for this device is currently disabled.
  • A similar device is configured by default, causing another device to be set as “disabled”.

There are many other causes for this error, such as corrupt registry, hardware errors, and virus infections, so you should pay attention to when this problem first occurs.

How to fix error 32

Reinstall the driver

This is probably the most common method of fixing this error, which is to first uninstall the device drivers and then reinstall them. If done correctly, this can reset the boot type and enable the device on reboot.

Note: When reinstalling a device driver, it is very important to know the difference between reinstalling and updating. When reinstalling a driver, an important part of the process is to remove the device driver before reinstalling it.

  1. Right-click on the Windows 10 Start button and select Run.
  2. Type devmgmt.msc in the Run field and click OK to open the Device Manager.
  3. Expand the hardware category containing the device with error code 32.
  4. Right-click the device for which you want to eliminate error code 32, and select Uninstall Device.
  5. In the window that opens, select the Uninstall driver software for this device option.
  6. Click the Uninstall button.
  7. Then click the Action menu.
  8. Select the Check for hardware changes option to reinstall the device.

After successfully reinstalling the device drivers, check if you can use the device. If yes, the bug has been fixed, if not, there is probably some other corruption in the Windows registry.

Update your drivers

One of the most effective ways to fix this error is to download and install the latest drivers for your device. To fix error code 32, you need to update your drivers. To update your drivers, simply follow these steps:

  1. Open the Device Manager.
  2. Expand the tree view of the driver categories you need to update.
  3. Right-click on them and select Update Drivers.
  4. Click Automatically check for updated drivers.
  5. Restart your computer after Windows has installed the drivers.

Undoing system changes with system restore

Did you recently install a device or make changes in the Device Manager just before error 32 appeared? If so, there is a good chance that your recent change was the cause of the error. If possible, undo any recent changes, reboot the system, and check to see if the error has been corrected.

  1. Open the Run accessory in Windows.
  2. Type rstrui in the Open field in Run and click OK.
  3. In the System Restore window, click Next to continue.
  4. Select the Show other restore points check box.
  5. Select the restore point that restores Windows to the date prior to the error code 32 on your desktop or laptop computer. (If you are unsure, select the restore point that refers to the most distant time period).
  6. Note: Software installed after the selected restore point will be deleted. Click Search for affected programs to check which software will be removed.
  7. Click the Next option.
  8. Select the Finish option to confirm.

Deleting UpperFilters and LowerFilters string values

A very common cause of Device Manager errors is corrupted UpperFilters and LowerFilters registry keys. As a solution, you can manually access the Windows registry and restore the registry keys. However, editing the registry is very dangerous, as any error in the registry can render your system inoperable.

For more information about this procedure, I recommend that you perform the following steps:

  1. Open the Run window.
  2. Type Regedit in an empty field and press Enter to open the registry editor.
  3. Open this registry path:
    • Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ CurrentControlSet\Control\Class
  4. Determine which GUID connection class in the registry corresponds to the hardware device for which you want to eliminate error code 32 on the Microsoft Defined Device Configuration Classes page.
  5. Select the appropriate registry sub-tab.
  6. Right-click UpperFilters and select Delete.
  7. Right-click LowerFilters and select Delete.
  8. Exit the registry editor.
  9. Then click Restart on the Start menu.

Reboot your computer

It is possible that error 32 is related to an initialization problem, which may resolve after you restart your computer. Although this is unlikely, it is still worth taking the time to do so. This will reset all the programs and files, and can often clear up any glitches. If you’re not sure how to reboot your computer, don’t worry- it’s a pretty simple process. Just follow these steps:

  1. First, save any open files and close all programs. This will help prevent any data loss during the reboot process.
  2. Next, locate the power button on your computer. It may be on the front, side, or back of the machine, depending on the model.
  3. Once you’ve found it, press and hold the power button for about five seconds. This will initiate the reboot sequence.
  4. Finally, wait for the computer to restart. Once it’s up and running again, you can resume using it as normal.

With just a few simple steps, you can easily reboot your computer when it starts acting up. Give it a try next time your machine starts giving you trouble.

Frequently Asked Questions

Error 32 is a Device Manager error that can occur when a driver for a certain device has been disabled.

There are several ways to fix error 32. You can try updating the drivers, undoing recent system changes, deleting UpperFilters and LowerFilters registry keys, or rebooting the computer.

If you're unsure of how to reboot your computer, simply look for the power button and hold it down for about five seconds. This will initiate the reboot sequence.

If you don't fix error 32, it may cause problems with the device for which the driver has been disabled. It's therefore recommended that you fix the error as soon as possible.