Fix Windows Hardware and Devices problems with Troubleshooter

If you find that your Windows 10/8/7 computer is facing some hardware or device issues or problems, you can run the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter. This automated troubleshooter will try to identify and then resolve the issues that it finds.

Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter

Windows 7/8/10 comes with this troubleshooter in-built. If you recently installed a new driver or some hardware and find some things are not working as you’d like them to, use this troubleshooter.

To do so, open Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Configure a device.

On Windows 10, you can also open Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot and click on Hardware and Devices.

The Hardware Troubleshooter will open. You can set it to fix the detected problems automatically or select and opt to fix only the one’s you want.

Click on Next to run the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter. Once the scan is completed, it will present you with a report.

Choose the ones you want to fix and click on Next.

The Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter will try to fix the problems for you.

If you are using Windows Vista, go here to download and run the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter for Windows Vista.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. LR

    I have tried all things windows to get my wireless mouse and keyboard to work again after installing some Dell updates. Windows used to recognize them and it word work right away. strangely, when I got into Bios, wireless keyboard and mouse do work. once I get to windows desktop, no joy. I am forced to use the laptop keyboard. tried all of your suggestions and nothing works so something is suppressing my USB connection from windows.

  2. Andrea

    Windows has terrible advice. You sent us Windows 8.1 users to this page and a majority of the options don’t exist. I put a flash drive in and it’s scolding hot burning. Never had this issue and I hate Windows 8.1. It’s no good, nobody should use it and maybe people should start a lawsuit against Microsoft.

  3. Land Rovere CB40

    Fantastic solution, all is fine now. Thank you very much for your kind advice…

  4. tville eagle

    In January 2017 I began using Philips voice tracer LFH0662 on my window 7 laptop and my new windows 10 office computer. Everything worked fine until yesterday, 3-16 when both computers said they did not recognize the USB device.
    Tried Hardware Troubleshooting without success on the Windows 7 laptop. I tried unistalling Roots but that didn’t get far at all.
    I am now out of business since I cannot dictate.
    I am computer illiterate so any help has to be spelled out step by step.

  5. Susie

    I think I uninstalled my camera recognition for sign in. The light to the left above my screen doesn’t come on. Help!

  6. Drew

    Configure a device is not an option for Hardware and Sound in the troubleshooter.

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