Top 5 Fixes for "This device is disabled (Code 22)" in Windows 11/10

Aug. 31, 2022 / Updated by Vivi to Windows 11

If you are bothered by the "This device is disabled (Code 22)" on your Windows 11/10 computer, it is impossible to use the hardware as normal. The code 22 error message indicates that the hardware device on the computer has been disabled by Windows operating system. It can be caused by many factors, mainly related to corrupted or outdated device driver.

Don't be upset. This post will present 5 effective fixes for the "This device is disabled (Code 22)" on Windows 11/10 computer.


Fix 1. Enable the device

Fix 2. Update the device driver

Fix 3. Run the troubleshooter

Fix 4. Update BIOS

Fix 5. Create a system restore point

Fix 1. Enable the device

Occasionally, some people disabled the device by accident, and then the error code 22 happened. So, before adopting other solutions, you should take a look at it and make sure the device is enabled.

To do so:

Step 1. Right-click on the Start button, and select Device Manager.

Step 2. Identify the problematic device, and right-click on it.

Step 3. Click on Enable Device.

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Restart your computer and check if the code 22 error still occurs. If yes, try next solution.

Fix 2. Update the device driver

As mentioned above, the Device Manager Code 22 is usually caused by a corrupted or outdated device driver. If you are bothered by this issue, you should update your device driver to the latest version. As for how to update device drivers, we recommend Driver Talent to you. Driver Talent is a helpful Windows driver updater utility. It can check the status of all the drivers on your computer, and download & install the best-matched or the latest device drivers.

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Steps to update device driver with Driver Talent:

Step 1. Launch Driver Talent, and click on Scan.

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Step 2. Click on the Update button. Or more simply, click on Install All to update multiple device drivers all at once.

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Step 3. Reboot your PC.

Fix 3. Run the troubleshooter

Windows' built-in Troubleshooter is a powerful tool that can find out and resolve hardware and device issues on your computer. Make good use of it when you encounter hardware and device problems in Windows 11 or 10.

Here's how to run the troubleshooter:

Step 1. Press Windows Key + I altogether on the keyboard to open Settings.

Step 2. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot.

Step 3. Find Hardware and Devices, choose it, and click Run the troubleshooter.

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Step 4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the troubleshooting process.

When it is done, restart your PC and check if the code 22 error has been fixed.

Fix 4. Update BIOS

Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) is a low-level system software that control the computer boot process. An outdated BIOS version may also lead to Device Manager error Code 22. To resolve the error, you may need to update the BIOS on your computer.

Instructions on how to update BIOS are as follows:

Step 1. Check the model name of your computer.

Step 2. Download the latest BIOS update from manufacturer's website, and unzip the BIOS file.

Step 3. Copy the file to a USB flash drive.

Step 4. Restart the PC and boot into BIOS screen.

Step 5. Make a backup of the current BIOS on your computer.

Step 6. Launch the BIOS firmware update, choose the new BIOS update file in the USB drive, and begin the update process.

When the updating is finished, the computer will restart automatically. Check if the code 22 still appears in Device Manager.

Fix 5. Create a system restore point

The last solution is to restore your system to a point where the error code 22 didn't occur. This operation will remove all the files and applications you installed after the restore point. Thus, you should back up the important files and apps before following the steps below to restore system.

Step 1. In the Taskbar Search box, type Create a restore point.

Step 2. Select Create a restore point from the results, and the System Properties window will pop up.

Step 3. Under System Protection section, click on Create.

Step 4. Type a description, select Create, and click OK.

Hope these 5 fixes can help you get rid of the "This device is disabled (Code 22)" in Windows 11/10. If you have other ideas or questions, please leave a comment in the comments box below.

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