Fix: Device Not Migrated

If you are a Windows user and you recently upgraded to Windows 10 then you might see the Device not migrated error. This error won’t show up on your screen like usual errors do but it’s an event that you can see from the device manager. If you upgrade to Windows 10 or update your Windows 10 and one (or more) of your devices aren’t working then do the following: Hold Windows key and press R > Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter > Locate the device that isn’t working and double click it > Select the Events tab. Here, you should see the event named Device not migrated. If you are seeing this error message in the events list then you won’t be able to use the problematic device.

We arent sure of the exact reason behind the issue since Microsoft officials haven’t provided any official explanation of this problem. But, the most likely reason is the compatibility issues with the Windows 10 upgrade. That is why this error surfaces when you upgrade to Windows 10 or install a latest update. The device settings are changed and prevents the proper use of device with the Windows 10 or the drivers are incompatible or simply corrupt.  There are a couple of things that you can do to solve this issue which are given below.

Note: The Device not migrated error can happen for a range of devices including mouse, keyboards, sound devices, Bluetooth etc. The methods given below are applicable for all the devices.

Method 1: Uninstall the Driver

Your first approach should be to uninstall the driver and reinstall it. The good thing about this is that there’s usually an exclamation mark with the problematic drivers. So, if there is a problem with the drivers then you will know for sure. Plus, it takes a couple of minutes to uninstall the driver.

So, here are the steps for uninstalling and reinstalling the driver

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter

  1. Locate the problematic device, right click and select Uninstall. Confirm any additional prompts

  1. Once done, click Action from the menu bar and select Scan for hardware changes

This should probably solve the issue for you. But if it doesn’t, move to the next method

Method 2: Install Driver in Compatibility Mode

If the first method didn’t work then you need to get the latest driver for your device (make sure they are compatible with the Windows 10) and install the driver in the compatibility mode.

Go to your manufactures website and download the latest drivers for your device. Once done, do the following

  1. Navigate to the location where you downloaded the latest driver
  2. Right click your driver installation file and select Properties
  3. Select the Compatibility tab
  4. Check the option that says Run this in the compatibility mode for
  5. Select Windows 8 from the drop down menu
  6. Click Apply then select Ok

  1. Now install the drivers by double clicking the installation file

Once done, check if it resolves the issue.

Method 3: Load Optimized Defaults

If the above two methods didn’t work then it’s time to dive into the BIOS settings. Yes, there is an option named Load Optimized Defaults which has solved the issue for a lot of users. This option basically restores your BIOS to the default settings.

Note: If you have your computer overclocked then this might create some issues for you. You will have to make some other changes and underclock the system in order for it to work properly. This is just to give you a heads up, proceed on your own risk.

  1. Turn on your computer
  2. Once the manufacturer logo is shown, press F1 or Del or F10. You will also see the button mentioned on the screen as well. The button you press to open BIOS depends on your manufacturer so it varies from computer to computer
  3. You should be in the BIOS settings. If you aren’t in the BIOS, you will probably see an option named BIOS Menu or BIOS settings or a variation of that. Move your arrow keys to navigate to that option and press Enter to select it.
  4. Once in the BIOS, look for “Load Setup Defaults”, “Load Fail-Safe Defaults” or “Load Optimized Defaults” option. The name might vary slightly depending on the manufacture but you will be able to recognize it. These settings might be on the Exit tab or the main page of the BIOS. Use arrow keys to navigate and press Enter to select an option.
  5. Once you find this option, select it and press Enter. Confirm any additional prompts and you should be good to go.

Method 4: Check System Files

Checking systems files for errors and fixing those errors might also work in your favor. This has the potential to solve your issue because a corrupt system file might be causing this error. So, fixing your system files will most likely get rid of the problem.

We already have an article with detailed instructions on how to check and fix your system files. Click here and follow the instructions from the article.


Kevin Arrows

Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.
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