If you have been trying to resolve a Windows Error code 8 you are in luck. Our how-to guide will walk you through the steps needed to clean up the Hardware Failure problem (This device is not working properly because Windows cannot load the file
If you are trying to use a device that is installed on your computer and the hardware is unresponsive, you may see this error message displayed. The error will make a distinct reference to the driver for the hardware in question to make troubleshooting a little simpler.
There are a few versions of the error message for error code 8, so there are a few solutions you can try. The simplest solution is that of updating the driver for a device. If you only see this error code when you are trying to use a particular piece of hardware, update the driver for that hardware though device manager. Many times the error code 8 will display with a button for you to update the driver. Click on the button and follow all of the prompts in order to update the driver. If you are able to use the hardware device without the error message, you have fixed the problem.
If the problem persists, you will need to take some additional steps. In most cases you can go to the Device Manager and remove the problem device. Then go to the Control Panel and choose Add New Hardware. Add the device again and reinstall the drivers. Follow all of the prompts to ensure it is correctly installed. This may resolve the issue.
There are some cases where a simple driver update or reinstall will not work. If the term “DevLoader” is referenced in continued error messages, you may have to reinstall Windows. You will need to get your Windows installation disks and documentation and go step by step through the entire process. Before you start your re-installation of Windows, be sure to back up any data on the PC that you want to save. This is the most drastic step for fixing error code 8, but it is necessary in some cases.
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