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FIX for : Configuration Manager: The Specified device instance handle does not correspond to a present device

By Jesse | October 17, 2009

We have encountered this issue several times…. the fix for this is to open regedit and browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\.

If there is an enum key here, rename it to old_renum

this should fix this issue related to Configuration Manager: The Specified device instance handle does not correspond to a present device.

Questions, comments or suggestions welcome.

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11 Responses to “FIX for : Configuration Manager: The Specified device instance handle does not correspond to a present device”

  1. Danny Vallejo Says:
    December 17th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    This fix worked great! Just renamed Enum as you stated and error message went away. I’m Guessing it’s fine to delete the old now correct. Thanks again!

  2. tenshi Says:
    December 29th, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Great!! thank you.

  3. Umer Says:
    February 27th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    The fix works perfert

  4. emt training Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 11:58 pm

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  5. MarkSpizer Says:
    May 2nd, 2010 at 7:33 am

    great post as usual!

  6. Veronica Says:
    July 8th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Yes, it works :) Thank you !
    Would like to know why it works too

  7. FrankO Says:
    September 17th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Thank you!
    More clear to say that if the service giving you that error has an enum sub key, then rename it.

    For whatever weird reason I had 3 services shoot this error.
    Other services had an enum subkey, but did not shoot error.

    Thanks again

  8. JohnT Says:
    July 29th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Hi, Question; I went to regedit and found the site you proposed HOTKEY_LOCAL*****************\Services\. As I look down at the individual files there is one file called Enum but it will not rename. Just below this Enum file I found another file called Services and in many of it’s sub folders there are many files called Enum. Do I change each one of these? I hope this is clear for you, many thanks, JohnT

  9. Jesse Says:
    July 29th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    if enum wont rename make sure you’re running regedit as administrator in windows 7, right click regedit and select run as administrator. you should then be able to rename the key. There is no other reason that you cant.. either you are not using an admin account or you’re using vista, win7 or server 2008 and dont have admin rights on regedit.

  10. Rosana Says:
    April 13th, 2012 at 3:29 am

    works perfectly! thank you!!!

  11. Chuck Says:
    July 23rd, 2012 at 11:30 am

    What if there is no enum key with the specified registry location?

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