Currently, this hardware device is not connected in Device Manager


  1. Posts : 90
    Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
       #1

    Currently, this hardware device is not connected in Device Manager


    I was having some trouble with device on my computer and went into device manager to find out if the device is working properly in device manager and it wasn't so I fixed it, but in device manager under certain devices are showing multiple devices with the same name (See below) with only a few working and the other stating "Currently, this hardware device is not connected to the computer. (Code 45), To fix this problem, reconnect this hardware device to the computer."
    Currently, this hardware device is not connected in Device Manager-device-manager.png

    My computer is working fine, so what is causing this to happen and should I be worried about this?
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  2. Posts : 2,280
    Windows 10
       #2

    "should I be worried about this? "
    No, it is all normal. Those are things or virtual things that were connected at some point.
    They are just Ghost instances.

    For example, I have just been trying out several Bluetooth mice. Those are all identified and greyed out, not currently connected.
    That does not mean "not working" as in your box.
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  3. Posts : 24,601
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #3

    cgrim1985 said:
    My computer is working fine, so what is causing this to happen and should I be worried about this?
    As Helmut says, every device that was ever connected will be listed if you tick 'show hidden devices' in Device Manager, ones that are not connected currently will be greyed-out. Under Disk drives I can see every usb stick or external HDD I've ever used.

    It is safe to right-click on such a greyed-out device and uninstall it, but just leaving it there will have no ill effects.
      My Computers


  4. Posts : 90
    Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Couldn't I just hide them as well?
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  5. Posts : 3,264
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit Version 21H2
       #5

    cgrim1985 said:
    Couldn't I just hide them as well?
    In Device Manager go to View and Uncheck Show Hidden Devices and they will be hidden. The only way unless you do as others said here and uninstall them but will be back once you reinstall the device and also check Show Hidden Devices in View.
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  6. Posts : 90
    Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
    Thread Starter
       #6

    I went to into Device Manager and Unchecked Show Hidden Devices, thanks for the help everyone!
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  7. Posts : 3,264
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit Version 21H2
       #7

    cgrim1985 said:
    I went to into Device Manager and Unchecked Show Hidden Devices, thanks for the help everyone!
    Welcome !!
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