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A How-to guide on solving Windows Driver Error Code 11

(Windows stopped responding while attempting to start this device, and therefore will never attempt to start this device again. (Code 11) )
Read our guide on solving Windows Error Code 11 and use these tips. It will help you to troubleshoot your issue.

What happens

If you try to use a device and Windows becomes unresponsive for a long period of time, this message may be displayed on your screen. The driver for a device is having issues and has caused a serious problem with Windows. Many times this error is soon followed by a blue screen lock up.

What to do when you see Windows code 11

When dealing with Windows error code 11, you should begin with the simplest steps first. Try updating the driver for the hardware device that caused the error. To update the driver, do the following:

  • Open Device Manager on your computer.
  • Locate the hardware device that you want to update the driver for.
  • Right click on the device to get to the Properties menu.
  • Choose the Drivers tab and click on Update Drivers.
  • Follow the directions that come on your screen.
  • After the driver is updated, restart your computer. Once the computer has had enough time to restart completely, take the same actions that you did when you first received error code 11. If the error doesn't happen again, the issue should be resolved.

    For Windows 98 computers, you may need to use the Automatic Skip Driver utility to bypass this error if it should continue showing up. To start the ASD on your Windows 98 or ME computer do the following:

    • Click on Start.
    • Click on Programs and then on Accessories.
    • Click on System Tools and then on System Information.
    • Then click on Automatic Skip Drivers from the Tools menu.
    • Choose the device driver that you want to skip during system start up.

    This will not resolve the error code, but it will allow you to run your computer without the error occurring. It is recommended that you go online and download the newest drivers for your computer. If you are running an older, Windows 98 computer, you may find that there are no drivers supported for that OS any longer. Disabling the driver for good may be the ultimate solution for older computers.

    To learn more about this error, please check out our Error Analyzer software.

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