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How to Fix ‘Device requires further installation’ on Windows 10

Several Windows users have been reporting that upon investigating Device Manager, they found one or multiple devices (PCI, USB, Audio, etc.) that have an Event Log stating that they ‘require further installation‘. Although affected users report that this scenario doesn’t limit the device’s functionality in an apparent way, they would still like to know what they have to do in order to remove the error message. In the vast majority of cases, the issue is reported to occur on Windows 10.

Device requires further installation

What is causing the ‘Device requires further installation’?

We investigated this particular issue by analyzing various user reports and testing out the different repair strategies that most affected users have successfully used to get this message to disappear from the Event Log of the device in question.

It turns out that there are different culprits with the potential of causing this particular error message:

  • Users are not analyzing the correct Event – In most cases, this red flag discovered by users is actually a false positive. This happens because they are not looking at the last Event for that device but at the first. Before you try any of the other repair strategies, it’s important to ensure that you are analyzing the correct TimeStamp first.
  • Corrupted or improper device driver – As it turns out, it’s also possible that you’re encountering the issue because the current device driver is not compatible with your hardware or the installation was interrupted before it was able to complete. In this case, you should be able to resolve the issue by updating or reinstalling the affected driver using Device Manager.
  • Pending Windows updates after upgrade – If you’re seeing this error after an upgrade to Windows 10 from an older Windows version, chances are you’re encountering the issue because the migration is not yet complete. If this scenario is applicable to your current situation, you should be able to resolve the issue by using Windows Update to install every pending Windows Update.
  • An improper version of the Intel PROSet Wireless driver – In case you’re specifically encountering the issue with the Intel PROSet Wireless driver, it’s very likely that you’re seeing the error due to an inconsistency in how WU handled the automatic installation. In this case, you will be able to resolve the issue by installing the Intel PROSet Wireless driver manually.

If you’re currently looking for ways to resolve the very same log ‘Device requires further installation’ message, this article will provide you with several different troubleshooting guides. Down below, you’ll find a collection of methods that other users in a similar situation have used to install the driver completely and force the error message to go away for good.

Keep in mind that depending on your particular scenario, some of the methods below will not be applicable to your situation. That’s why we recommend to follow the methods below in order and ignore those potential fixes that cannot be applied to your computer.

Regardless of the culprit that’s causing the issue, you should eventually stumble upon a fix that resolves the issue on your computer. Let’s begin!

Method 1: Make sure you’re looking at the final Event-Timestamp

Although this problem can certainly be caused by other factors, in most cases, there’s no real issue other than an error in how the affected user reads the Events Timestamps. By default, the latest Event (and the only one that should be taken into consideration) is located at the bottom of the Events list.

Some affected users have mistakenly looked at the first event instead of the last. In this case, there’s a high chance to discover the “device requires further installation” message since the device driver is still in the process of being installed.

If you think this scenario might be applicable to your current situation, here’ a quick guide on making sure you’re looking at the latest Event-Timestamp:

  1. Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Then, inside the text box, type “dvmgmt.msc” and press Enter to open up Device Manager. If prompted by the UAC (User Account Control), click Yes to grant admin privileges.
    Typing “devmgmt.msc” in the run prompt.
  2. Once you’re inside Device Manager, right-click on the device that is causing the issue and choose Properties from the newly appeared context menu.
    Accessing the Properties screen of your Wireless Network adapter
  3. Inside the properties screen, select the Events tab, then go over to the Events section.
  4. Analyze each Timestamp carefully and see which one has the newest date. That point is the one that you should be looking at (not the first).
    The latest Timestamp

    Note: If one of the latest Timestamps has a Device Installed description, it most likely means that the driver for that device installed successfully and there’s nothing wrong with it.

If you’ve followed the instructions above to confirm that you’re looking at the correct TimeStamp and you confirmed that the latest Event is showing ‘Device requires further installation’, move down to the next method below.

Method 2: Updating or Reinstalling the affected driver

If you’ve used Method 1 to confirm that the latest featured Event is showing ‘Device requires further installation’, you might be indeed dealing with interrupted driver installation. Keep in mind that situations like can also mean that the affected device is functioning with limited functionality.

If this scenario is applicable, you should be able to resolve the issue by forcing Windows to reinstall the driver again – either by updating it or by uninstalling it. Several affected users have reported that the issue was resolved and the Event tab no longer showed the ‘Device requires further installation’ message after they performed the procedure below.

Here’s a quick guide on updating or reinstalling the affected driver using Device Manager:

  1. Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Inside the text box of the Run box. type “devmgmt.msc” and press Enter to open up Device Manager.
    Typing “devmgmt.msc” in the run prompt.
  2. Once you’re inside Device Manager, go through the list of available devices and right-click on the one that you’re encountering issues with. Then, choose Update device from the newly appeared context menu.
    Right-click on the device and choose Install driver
    Right-click on the device and choose Update driver
  3. At the next screen, click on Search automatically for updated driver software. Then, wait to see if a new driver signature is found.
    Searching for updated driver signature automatically

    Note: If a new driver version is found, follow the on-screen prompts to install it on your computer, then restart your machine.

  4. If the utility didn’t manage to find an updated driver version, let’s force Windows to reinstall the driver by right-clicking on the same device and choosing Uninstall Device from the context menu. Click Uninstall at the next confirmation prompt to complete the process.
    Uninstalling the device driver
  5. Once the driver uninstallation is complete, restart your computer to allow your operating system to reinstall the missing driver at the next system startup.
  6. When the next startup sequence is complete, return to the Event tab of the device in Device Manager and see if the issue has been resolved

If the latest event still reads ‘Device requires further installation’, move down to the next method below.

Method 3: Installing every pending Windows update

If you’re encountering this issue immediately after you upgrade to Windows 10 from an older Windows version, chances are you’re seeing the ‘Device requires further installation’ error because Windows is not yet finished with installing some pending device drivers.

In this case, you will be able to resolve the issue by accessing the Windows Update screen and forcing it to install every pending update. Some users encountering the same error message have discovered that the ‘Device requires further installation’ was preceded by a Device Installed event after following the steps below.

Here’s a quick guide on installing every pending Windows update:

  1. Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Then, type ‘ms-settings:windowsupdate‘ and press Enter to open up the Windows Update tab of the Settings app.
    Run dialog: ms-settings:windowsupdate
  2. Once you’re inside the Windows Update tab, click on Check for updates to initiate a scan for available updates.
    Checking for downloadable Updates
  3. When the scan is complete, follow the on-screen prompts to install every pending Windows update.
    Note: If you’re prompted to restart before every Windows update is installed do so, but make sure to return to this screen at the next startup sequence and complete the rest of the update installations.
  4. Once your Windows build is up to date, return to the Event tab of the device that was showing the ‘Device requires further installation’ and see if the issue is now resolved.

If you’re still encountering the ‘Device requires further installation’ error message, move down to the next method below.

Method 4: Installing the Intel PROSet Wireless driver

If you’re encountering this issue with the Intel Dual Band Wireless Driver, chances are you’re also struggling with constant Wi-Fi disconnects. As it turns out, this occurs due to inconsistency with how Windows Update handles the driver updating for this one.

Several affected users finding themselves in a similar scenario have managed to fix the problem indefinitely by installing the correct driver manually. Here’s a quick guide on how to do this on Windows 10:

  1. Visit this link (here) and click the download button associated with the Windows architecture that you’re using from the left section of the screen.
  2. Click on I accept the terms in the license agreement to download the latest driver version.
  3. Once the driver is downloaded, open the installation executable and follow the on-screen prompts to install the Intel ProSet driver on your computer.
  4. When the installation is complete, restart your computer and see if the issue has been resolved once the next startup sequence is complete.
Installing the Intel Pro Set Driver3

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