DEVICE WAS NOT MIGRATED DUE TO PARTIAL OR AMBIGUOUS MATCH: FIX

If you are a Windows 10 user who prefers to update their OS, chances are you have encountered a Device that was not migrated due to a partial or ambiguous match error.

device was not migrated due to partial or ambiguous match
Device was not migrated due to partial or ambiguous match

It can occur on your hard drive, USB drive, microphone, monitor, etc. Just like any other error, it is annoying as hell, and you want to get rid of it as soon as possible.

Why “Device could not be Migrated” error occurs?

  • When you update from an older version of Windows to Windows 10.
  • Having two operating systems that run on the same device.
  • Very crucial system files have been damaged that need to be repaired as soon as possible.
  • Incompatibility of PnP (Plug and Play) feature with windows 10
  • The driver is incompatible with installed windows 10.

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 How to fix ‘device was not migrated due to partial or ambiguous match’ error

You can go about several ways of fixing this error. 

Checking the USB ports

It’s possible that the “Device not Migrated” is due to weak USB connectivity caused by faulty ports. To make sure that the gate is not wrong, plug the device in another available port. Or you can insert another hard drive to confirm whether the port is the one having issues. If the second USB drive doesn’t migrate, then the port is faulty. A new port is the need of the hour in this case.

Reinstalling Corrupt Drivers

Another reason for the “Device, not Migrated” error is corrupt or damaged drivers. Here are the things you must do to fix a corrupt driver

  1. Right-click on the “Start” button and head over to the “Device Manager” option.
  2. Locate the hardware driver—Right-click on it to get multiple options. Select the “Uninstall device” option from the list.
  3. Click the “Uninstall” option and proceed to restart your computer, and Windows will automatically reinstall the driver. You can also get the latest driver online and install it.

Updating chipset driver

 Using an outdated chipset driver can also cause the “Device not Migrated” error. One can trace the installation of a non-optimized chipset driver as a cause of the non-detection of your hardware. A way out in such a case is to visit your trusted retailer to update the chipset driver. Establishing an updated chipset driver fixes the error without any further complications. 

You can update the chipset from “device manager” as well. Here’s how you do it.

update driver
update driver

Step 1: Go to the central interface of the device manager. Then, right-click the driver that’s not working.

Step 2: Select the “Update driver” option. It will install the latest driver automatically.

Checking System Files

System files can get corrupted as time goes by. It creates the device to not migrate during the Windows 10 upgrade. This is a clear sign to check the Windows files and fix the corruption.

There are some tools in Windows 10 OS whose primary function is to help you scan and fix the corrupted system. System File Checker (SFC) is one such tool. This tool works with Windows Resource Protection, whose purpose is to protect registry keys, folders, and crucial system files.

Here is a model on how to do this task:

Step 1: Open the Command Prompt. Run it as an administrator.

Step 2: Enter the “SFC/scan now” command. Now, press the “Enter” key.

Check if the fault “device was not migrated due to partial or ambiguous match” shows up in the scan. If this happens, it means system files are corrupted, and you should fix it as soon as possible.

Resetting BIOS to factory settings.

Incorrect BIOS settings can cause the halting of the operation of the “Plug and Play” driver from recognizing the device. Resetting BIOS to default could help correctly identify the device. Keeping BIOS up to date is an effective method to ensure smooth operation.

The Plug and Play (PnP) feature helps Windows to function correctly alongside the other drivers. It maintains an automatic and dynamic connection with hardware and drivers. To Reset BIOS to factory settings, follow these steps.

resetting bios
Resetting BIOS

Step 1: Restart your computer. Press a specific key designed by your manufacturer to enter into BIOS.

Step 2: You can see multiple options, such as Load Setup Defaults, Setup Defaults, Load Default Settings, etc. Among these, look for the option that performs the BIOS resetting.

Step 3: Press the “confirm” option and start the resetting operation.

Updating BIOS

You always have to examine your BIOS version to ensure that it is up to date. If your BIOS version is not up to date, you can follow these steps.

Step 1: Know your PC’s brand. You can check it by knowing its model number.

Step 2: Look for the latest BIOS update version matching your brand. You can get the details from the manufacturer’s or authorized retailer’s website.

Step 3: Download the BIOS file and transfer the file to a USB drive.

Step 4: You have to reboot the PC to BIOS. Make sure you make a backup for the current BIOS file.

Step 5: Complete the update process.

Conclusion

One must not rule out hardware errors when diagnosing a mistake that seems to be related to the operating system. Close monitoring of your system activities can help you locate errors soon. You should always be attentive and back up your computer’s data. It can put effective backup software like AOMEI Backupper to use for this. This software creates a system image for your PC. This image backup helps return your PC to its initial state.

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About the Author: McKenzie Smith

Hello, I am McKenzie and I am totally obsessed with getting the best experience out of every device that I use. Hence, I started this blog to help others make the most of their devices and fix errors in a jiffy! :)

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