Windows 10: Windows cannot find specified device etc - for Device Manager

Discus and support Windows cannot find specified device etc - for Device Manager in Windows 10 Ask Insider to solve the problem; Hi - I'm trying to access the device manager on a new(ish) laptop and it comes up with the "Windows cannot find specified device, path, or file"... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Ask Insider' started by /u/Joseph_HTMP, Apr 7, 2021.

  1. Windows cannot find specified device etc - for Device Manager


    Hi - I'm trying to access the device manager on a new(ish) laptop and it comes up with the "Windows cannot find specified device, path, or file" warning. I've run a search for "device manager" and its come up with a shortcut, which I can access. But I still can't access it from the start menu.

    Can anyone help me fix this? Thank you.

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    /u/Joseph_HTMP, Apr 7, 2021
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  2. No hardware listed in Device manager?

    I don't konw whathappend but in Device manager and in my Network connections there is nothing where there used to be a Modem listed and all my hardware in Device Manager. What happend and how do I fix this?


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    AphexDreamer, Apr 7, 2021
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  3. Device Manager Un-Hiding Hidden Devices

    When you connect a plug and play device, Windows Plug and Play manager detects it, finds and installs the driver. Device Manager lists the device with a solid icon.

    The driver is only removed when you uninstall the device, not simply by disconnecting the device. When the device is disconnected, its driver is still installed. By default, Device Manager only displays connected devices. When you show hidden devices, note the Bluetooth icon you see is semi-transparent (not opaque). That indicates a "non-present" device. Sometimes also called a "ghost" device. The driver is still installed but the device is not currently detected (i.e. not connected).

    Device can be disconnected when
    • Device unplugged (e.g. removing a USB device)
    • Turning a device OFF
    • Disabling the device in BIOS (then windows won't detect it) or
    • Device failure

    So
    • Check BIOS as suggested
    • Check board connections
    • Can b/t be turned off by a switch? or keyboard combination?
    Also possible the b/t h/w failed
     
    ComputerGeek, Apr 7, 2021
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  4. Allan Mej Win User

    Windows cannot find specified device etc - for Device Manager

    device manager

    Driver error code 28 is caused by a missing or corrupted driver. To troubleshoot this, kindly follow these steps:

    • From Start, search for device manager and select Device Manager from the results.
    • Right-click the device in the list.
    • Select Uninstall from the menu that appears.
    • After the device is uninstalled, choose Action on the menu bar.
    • Select Scan for hardware changes to reinstall the driver.

    Also, if you found any other driver errors on Device Properties>General, kindly specify it.

    Let us know how things go.
     
    Allan Mej, Apr 7, 2021
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