Windows Error Code 16 - How To Fix It Windows cannot identify all the resources this device uses. (Code 16)
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Troubleshooting Windows errors can seem like an impossible prospect. However finding the solution to the (Windows cannot identify all the resources this device uses. (Code 16)) error message is easier than you think. Check out our how-to guide for resolving this common Hardware problem.

What happens

This error will occur when you are using a peripheral device such as a printer or an external drive that has not been completely or properly configured. This device may have been recognized before, but Windows is unable to verify the configuration when the error code 16 occurs.

How I solved the 'code 16' error

In order to resolve the Windows error code 16, you will have to walk through the configuration of the device again or assign additional resources to the device. Typically, walking through the device set up is easier than assigning resources, and is the logical step to start with as you attempt to resolve the issue.

To walk through the set up of the device, you will need the set up disk that came with the hardware device or a copy of the set up software copied to your hard drive or a flash drive. Each device will have different steps to go through, so you will have to refer to the vendor's directions. If you are unable to find the directions, you can uninstall the device and then go to Control Panel and choose Add New Hardware. From that point you will have to pick the appropriate hardware type and go through the steps that the Wizard recommends.

The second, more involved way to resolve Windows error code 16 involves allocating more computer resources to the device. Here are the basic steps to do this:

  • Right click on the device in Device Manager and click on the tab labeled Resources.
  • Find a resource with a question mark next to it.
  • Select the resource and assign it to your device.

If you attempt to assign a resource and are unable to do it, click on Change Settings. If Change Settings is not a valid choice, click the box next to Use Automatic Settings and the option should become available.

It should be noted that these steps are only valid for Plug and Play devices. If the hardware you are working with is a legacy device, or not Plug and Play enabled, refer to the manufacturer's directions or website.

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

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