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Windows error code 6

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By Genesis and SheilaUpdated on June 3rd, 2022

What is 'Windows error code 6'?

Windows error code 6 is an error that usually occurs when the device that is currently installed on your computer is competing for a resource that is already in use. You may need to assign the device driver to a unique computer resource.

You may see the error message, "The handle is invalid."

How can you fix 'Windows error code 6'?

Some of the common fixes include:

  • Restarting Windows
  • Reinstalling the latest graphics card driver

Please see our in-depth walk-through solutions below.

1. Restart Windows

Windows error code 6 may be caused by cache or temporary files. You may shut down the PC for at least three minutes so cache or temporary files will be flashed out. Check if the error is fixed.

2. Reinstall latest graphics card driver

Windows error code 6 may also be graphics card-related. It could be a graphics card driver problem or the graphics card could not handle the load of the application. To fix it, try to reinstall the driver using the latest version.

Reinstall latest graphics card driver
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If the issue persists, you may need to upgrade your graphics card to meet the minimum requirement of that application.

For AMD graphics card, please see link here

For NVIDIA graphics card, please see link here

For Intel® HD Graphics driver, please see link here

NOTE: When you are installing a graphics card driver, always enable or select Clean Install.

If the issue persists, you graphics card hardware might be faulty, which may be causing the problem. You may want to take your graphics card for warranty or replacement.