What You Don't Know About The Windows Error 32 A driver (service) for this device has been disabled. An alternate driver may ...
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This is a standard Windows driver error. This type of error message typically displays when you are in the process of using a device that is installed on your computer. The driver has been disabled so Windows is unable to communicate with the device.

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Recommended resolution for this error message is to reinstall the driver for the device. This is the first level of repair that you should attempt. There may be a registry problem that needs to be addressed, but you should first do the driver reinstall to see if that will resolve the issue.

Uninstall and reinstall the driver.

Here are the steps for reinstalling the device driver:

  • In Device Manager choose the device and pick the option to uninstall or remove the device.
  • Click on Action and then scan for new hardware.
  • If the new hardware scan did not work, go to the Control Panel.
  • Choose Add/Remove Hardware and add a new device.
  • Windows should auto-detect the device and begin the reinstall.
  • Follow all prompts for the reinstall process.
  • If prompted for the driver location, if you do not know the location and Windows cannot install from the built-in drivers, go to the vendor’s website to download the latest version of the driver.

Once the reinstall is complete, see if you can use the device without an error message. If you can, the issue is resolved. If the error message persists, you may have to get the registry looked at. Fixing a registry error is a job best left to a seasoned computer technician. If you have diagnostic tools included in your computer’s security suite, you may be able to use those tools to fix the registry. If not, let a professional do the job, so you don’t risk messing up your computer’s registry.

TipFor more information, please see: How to fix Driver error #32

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