How to Fix “Device Not Migrated” Error in Windows 10


Sometimes one of your external devices may suddenly stop working without warning. If you have tried reconnecting the device, using a different USB port, or even connecting the device to another computer without success, the device may not have migrated.

On a Windows computer, devices “migrate” to the latest installed update. If during the update the driver migration process was stopped or interrupted, you will get the “device not migrated” error. As such, here’s how to fix it.

How to check if your device has not been migrated

Unlike most Windows errors, it does not appear on your screen and you will need to find it in Device Manager.

Right click on the Begin button and open Device Manager. Next, right-click on the device driver that is not working properly and select Properties. Open the Events tab and check if there is “Device not migrated” error.

Most of the time, you will encounter the error after a system update.

However, you will encounter the same problem if your system’s device driver is now supported by Windows, the device driver is corrupted, or you have installed two operating systems.

If you have detected the error on your computer, here is how you can fix it.

1. Restart your PC

When dealing with a problem on your computer, you should begin the troubleshooting process with a system restart. The “device not migrated” error may be a temporary issue that will go away after rebooting.

2. Update Windows

Microsoft constantly releases new updates to keep Windows running smoothly. If you encountered the “device not migrated” error, updating your operating system may resolve the issue.

To update to the latest version of Windows, right-click Begin button and head to Settings. In the Settings window, select Update and security and click on the Check for updates button.

3. Update or reset device driver cycle

If the device didn’t migrate after an update, you can try manually updating the driver. While doing so, make sure to download and install the correct version from the producer’s website. If you want to make this task easier, you can use a free driver updater.

Another driver trick to resolve the “device not migrated” error is to disable and re-enable the device. Open Device Manager, right-click on the problematic driver and select Disable device. Wait a few minutes, right-click on the disabled device, and then click Enable.

If Windows still shows the device not migrated error in the Events you can backup and restore windows 10 device drivers.

4. Run an SFC scan

One of your devices may not migrate due to a corrupt system file. In this case, you should use the System File Checker.

In the Start menu search bar, search for command prompt and select Execute as administrator. Then type sfc/scannow and press Walk in.

The SFC will automatically find and replace any corrupt files on your system. The duration of the check depends on your system resources. Once the process is complete, restart your computer and check if the error is now gone.

5. Reset BIOS

If nothing works, you can go nuclear and reset the BIOS to its factory settings. Even if you know how to get into the BIOS, you don’t know how to reset it once you get there.

Instructions on how to reset the BIOS vary by motherboard manufacturer. For accurate information, visit the manufacturer’s website or consult the instruction manual. If the reset process fails due to inaccurate information, your computer will be damaged. So be sure to get the instructions from reliable sources.

Get rid of “Device not migrated” error

The tips above should help you fix the “Device not migrated” error. To avoid encountering the same problem again, you need to keep your system updated.

If you don’t want to constantly check for available updates, you can customize how Windows installs future updates.


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