Windows® XP system showing error code 31
What are the issue when a Windows XP system shows error code 31? What are its possible causes? Get tips to fix these issues
Windows XP systems display the error code 31 while the user tries to remove or upgrade any of the driver software upon the system. The issue most commonly occurs upon the CD drives since they are used more frequently upon the system. As a result of the issue the user could not access the device from the computer. The device icon which indicates the connection with the system would not appear at the explorer window. The device manager would display the following message at the window near to the device option "The device is not working properly because Windows cannot load the drivers required for this device (Code 31)". The user also receives the following error message "A driver for this device was not required, and has been turned off (Code 32 or Code 31)".
Discussed below are the causes and tips to solve the issues with the error code 31 upon Windows XP system:
- Update the driver
- Alternative tips to fix the issue
The error code 31 gets displayed on Windows XP systems when the driver software get damaged. The operating system thus find difficulty in loading the particular driver software while the user tries to access the device through the system and causes the error code 31 with the Windows XP computers. The drivers that are missing, damaged, lack updates, etc. would also result in the error code 31 issue.
Update the driver
The user should update the driver software if the issue related with the error code 31 appears on the Windows XP operating systems. For that, navigate to the device driver option at the device manager section. Expand the driver option and click on the driver software that causes the issue. Then right click on the driver and choose the properties option. In the properties window select the driver tab and then select the update option. Now the hardware update wizard would appear on the system. Follow the instructions of the wizard carefully.
The issue with the Windows XP systems caused as a result of the occurrence of error code 31 can also be solved by removing the damaged driver software. The registry values that get corrupted should also be modified for troubleshooting the issue. The issue causes by the absence of the drivers upon the system can be solved by installing the new driver softwares for the devices. The installations and update options should be strictly based upon the compatibility with the Windows XP Operating Systems.
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