Here is the fix for the Windows 10 error "A driver can't load on this device"

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 9, 2020
Updated • Mar 10, 2020
Windows, Windows 10

Some Windows 10 users may get the error message "A driver can't load on this device" currently that may prevent devices from working properly on the device. Windows 10 may throw the error when a driver is installed manually on a device running Windows 10.

Manual driver installations may happen through Windows Update but also by downloading drivers or entire driver packages from manufacturer websites or third-party sites to install those. Popular third-party drivers are Nvidia and AMD video card drivers, drivers from sound adapters, or drivers that add printing or connectivity functionality to the device.

Tip: Microsoft is working on improving third-party driver support and controls that manufacturers have.

Microsoft published a new support article under KB4526424 that provides details on the issue and two suggestions on how to fix the issue.

A driver can't load on this device

You are receiving this message because the Memory integrity setting in Windows Security is preventing a driver from loading on your device.

Microsoft notes that the Memory Integrity security feature may prevent drivers from being installed correctly on Windows 10 devices. The company recommends that administrators try and find an updated driver that may not have the issue. Updated drivers may be offered via Windows Update or provided by manufacturers of the device.

If that is not possible, because there is no driver that is more recent than the one that fails to install, Microsoft suggests that administrators disable the Memory Integrity feature on the system.

windows security memory integrity

Here is how that is done:

  1. Use Windows-I to open the Settings application on the device.
  2. Go to Update & Security > Windows Security > Device Security > Core Isolation Details
  3. Locate the Memory Integrity setting on the page that opens and set the feature to off.
  4. Restart the device so that the changes take effect.

Microsoft notes that a security issue in the driver, which could be minor, might prevent it from being loaded in first place. The company advises users to get an updated driver if possible before the second option, the turning off of Memory Integrity, is considered.

Now You: Did you run into driver loading issues before on Windows 10?

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  1. Anonymous said on June 4, 2023 at 7:49 pm

    Okay but what if that isnt whats causing it

  2. Kevin said on July 28, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Thank for this article, I have been able to solve the issue by myself

  3. BruceR. said on March 10, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    “Go to Update & Security > Device Security > Core Isolation Details”

    Windows Security before Device Security.

  4. John G. said on March 10, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    I remember long time ago when I was unable to install one HP printer in my W10 1809. I asked my dad to help me and he was unable neither. Anyway the HP printer was installed at first try in his old W7 system, so I gave the printer to my dad and I bought one Epson, installed with no problem. Surprisingly for me, the same HP printer was installed perfectly at my sister’s W10 1903 few months later. Drivers management is really awful! 😪

  5. ULBoom said on March 10, 2020 at 1:18 am

    Beyond not being able to get GUI’s for Intel and nVidia Graphics drivers without downloading them from the MS Store, No. But that’s something riduculous someone even more ridiculous at MS decided was a good idea; part of their broadside to generate interest in the Store, I suppose.

    With some drivers, e.g. Intel Graphics, a driver directly from Intel can’t be loaded if the device manufacturer’s drivers are present without uninstalling the OEM driver first. This can be a tail chasing exercise if the Windows driver store repository isn’t first cleaned because often on reboot Windows will reinstall an older version of the uninstalled driver before you can install the one you want. Probably a good feature for those who want Windows to handle everything but a pain for those who don’t.

  6. Yuliya said on March 9, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    That option is disabled by default on LTSC 1809. I wasn’t even aware of it. I disabled defender via GPedit anyway.

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