It happens on occasion, you will start up your computer and get a strange error. In the case of error code 28, you get a message telling you no driver is installed for a piece of hardware. It was working previously, and now it’s not. I’m going to walk you through some causes and a couple fixes.
Causes of Error Code 28
Error code 28 could be caused by corrupt drivers, a registry error, or hardware issues. If you have had a power outage right before you started having the error, then you might want to look at hardware being the problem. Since taking your computer in to be looked at can be expensive, we’re going to try rolling back your driver first and see if that will fix the issue.
Then we will talk about registry errors. Then, if those steps don’t help, I would suggest taking your computer in to see about hardware defects.
Fixing Error Code 28
Rolling back the driver of the hardware that is giving you error code 28 doesn’t always work, but it can. Since it’s a relatively painless process, it is worth trying. You want to have written down which driver or device is giving you error code 28, so you know what you will be looking for in Device Manager.
In Windows XP:
- Go to your Start menu, click on Control Panel
- Under “Pick a Category” you want to click “Performance and Maintenance”
- Click System
- On the Hardware tab, click “Device Manager”
- Find the device that is giving you error code 28
- Right click on the device and click “Properties”
- On the Driver tab click “Roll Back Driver,” it will ask you if you are sure, click yes
- Once the previous driver is restored click “Close”
- Quit Device Manager, then click OK
If that doesn’t fix you up, the next step is to look at the possibility of registry errors. Registry errors are errors in the core programming code of your Windows operating system. These errors can range from corrupt or missing files to empty registry keys. Fixing them is easy these days. You just need a good registry cleaner.