Fix Driver Wudfrd Failed to Load Error in Windows 10

The “driver wudfrd failed to load” error is one of the major problem after upgrading to Windows 10. WudfRd driver failed to load because of updated Windows drivers can be incompatible with your hardware after upgraded the Windows 10. Also, if you haven’t updated Windows 10 recently, this error may be caused by a disabled Windows Driver Foundation service. So in this article, you can learn 5 ways to fix “driver wudfrd failed to load” error in Windows 10.

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What is the Reason for Driver Wudfrd Failed to Load?

As I mentioned above, this “wudfrd driver failed to load” error usually happens after upgrading to Windows 10. This error is directly related to USB drivers and when you are connecting USB devices to Windows PC, It’s getting an error event call “Event ID 219“. Once you have upgraded to Windows 10, the Windows 10 drivers overwritten by Microsoft drivers and conflict between them.

What are the Solutions for Driver Wudfrd Failed to Load Error?

  1. Check the Windows Driver Foundation Service
  2. Check Windows Update
  3. Update Incompatible Drivers
  4. Turn off Hard Disk Hibernation
  5. Reinstall USB Controllers

Solution 1: Check the Windows Driver Foundation Service

The Windows Driver Foundation service is very important for running drivers on Windows computer. So check this service is enabled on your computer.

First, open the “RUN” program pressing the “Windows key + R”. Then type “services.msc” in the Run and hit enter.

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Then you can see “Services” explorer and find the Windows Driver Foundation service from the service list.

Windows Driver Foundation service

Once you have found the Windows Driver Foundation service, double-click to open servicer’s properties. Now select Automatic from Startup type drop-down menu. Then confirm the setting by pressing APPLY and OK buttons respectively.

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Solution 2: Check Windows Update

Windows Update also causes this error. So checking Windows Update might solve this problem. First, type “Update” on the Windows search box, and click on the “Check for updates” from the search list.

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Once you have opened the Windows Update settings, you can see update status such as last checking date, time, etc. To check new updates for Windows, click on the Check for Update button and if there are new updates available, download them clicking download button.

Windows update check

Solution 3: Update Incompatible Drivers

If the above 2 solutions won’t work for you, you can try to update incompatible drivers to fix this error. You can easily detect that the incompatible drivers in the Device Manager have an exclamation mark next to them. You can just update them to make compatible drivers and fix the “wudfrd failed to load for the device” error.

Open the “RUN” program and type devmgmt.msc on it. Then hit enter to open Device Manager.

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Find all drivers that has exclamation mark beside and right-click on them to open context menu. Then select “Update Driver” from the menu.

Update Incompatible Drivers

Finally, select “Search automatically for updated driver software” option to automatically update your driver. You need to manually do this process for all incompatible drivers to make them compatible drivers.

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Solution 4: Turn off Hard Disk Hibernation

Hard disk Hibernate is also a cause of this error. So you can simply disable it by following these steps.

Press “Windows key + X” and select Power option from the pop-up list.

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Now click on the “Additional Power Settings” on the right-side menu. Then you can access power settings in the control panel and click on the Change plan settings for your current power plan.

power settings on Windows 10

Now select “Change Advanced Power Settings” and then you will have “Power Options” Window. In the Power Options window, expand Hard disk and Turn off hard disk after. Then set both On battery and Plugged in to Never.

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Solution 5: Reinstall USB Controllers

As we mentioned above, the “driver wudfrd failed to load” error is related to USB drivers. So you can try to solve the problem by reinstalling USB Controllers. Here are the steps.

First, go to the Device Manager and double-click on the Universal Serial Bus controllers to expand it.

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Now right-click and uninstall all the USB controllers one by one.

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Once you have uninstalled all the USB controllers, restart your computer and all uninstalled drivers will reinstall automatically when you restart the computer. That’s all.

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Final Word

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Sajith Herath is a Software quality analyst for Mobile and Computer applications. He is the founder of Bigfact-Review. He has written about technology for nearly a decade and He has lots of experience in tech field.