This is a Windows device driver error. As device drivers can be used anytime your computer is trying to use a hardware resource, it can be difficult to tell which process is causing the error. If you notice the error when trying to do a specific task, identifying the source of the problem may be easier.
To fix error code 18, you will need to update the device driver. If an update does not work, you will have to reinstall the driver using Device Manager.
You will be prompted to provide the file path to the driver. Windows does have thousands of drivers built in, and it may also have the driver files that were installed the first time the device was installed. If you are not sure what the path to the driver file is when prompted, you can usually go to the manufacturer's website to get the newest version.
To update the driver:
Right click on the device. This will open the device Properties dialog box. Click on the Driver tab and choose Update Driver. This will start the Hardware Update Wizard. Follow the prompts and directions that the Wizard prompts you for. If the update does not work, try uninstalling and reinstalling the driver.
Uninstalling and reinstalling the device driver
Choose the option to uninstall the driver from within Device Manager. Then scan for new hardware and follow the prompts to install the driver. After the reinstall is complete, restart your PC.
If these fixes do not work, you may have a corruption in your computer's registry. The best way to fix these kinds of errors is to have an experienced professional take a look at the computer. Alternatively, you can use any third party diagnostic software that you may have purchased to assist you in repairing the registry settings.
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