Windows is in the process of setting up this device. (Code 26) Windows is in the process of setting up this device. (Code 26)
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Having a Windows System Error Code 26 pop up does happen.

"Windows is in the process of setting up this device. (Code 26)"

Fortunately it is a known issue and there are some easy tips to helping you solve the System problem. Read our article on Windows Error Code 26 and take care of it today.

What happens

If you recently installed a device on your PC and the installation process did complete successfully, you may get an error message for Windows error code 26, telling you, “Windows is in the process of setting up this device.”

What you can do when System code 26 occurs

Errors can be fixed quite frequently by taking the simple step of restarting your computer. The first thing you should do if you get Windows error code 26 is to restart your PC. This is a good first response to many Windows errors. It may seem like an easy solution that anyone can do, but many new computer users are not familiar with the proper process to restart their computers. You should never simply press and hold the power button, unless your computer is completely locked up.

Here are the correct steps to reboot your computer:

  • Click on the Start button or Windows icon in the lower left hand corner of your screen.
  • Select Shutdown, or Restart.
  • Let the computer power all the way off.
  • If you chose Shutdown, wait a few seconds and then hit the power button on your PC.
  • If you chose Restart, simply allow the computer to come back up of its own volition.

If you try to fix error code 26 with a quick restart of the computer and it doesn’t work, you should try to remove and reinstall the device. Here are the steps you should take:

  • Go to Device Manager.
  • Scroll through the list to find the device you want to remove.
  • Right click on the device and choose Remove or Uninstall.
  • Click on the Start Button, and then choose Device Manager.
  • Double-click on Add New Hardware.
  • Follow the prompts to install the device.

If the error messages come back, you should refer to the manufacturer’s website to get the latest driver and proper instructions for replacing the old driver. This is a simple process, but may vary slightly from one vendor to another.

TipFor more information, please see: How to fix System error #26

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