Component Object Model (COM) Error – SPAPI_E_DEVINST_ALREADY_EXISTS 0x800F0207

In this post, you’ll learn about the error “SPAPI_E_DEVINST_ALREADY_EXISTS 0x800F0207” that is returned when working with COM based APIs or libraries in Windows.

COM Error Message


What is COM?

Microsoft’s COM stands for Component Object Model. Component Object Model (COM) is a networked, object-oriented framework for building interoperable binary software components.   Microsoft’s OLE (compound documents), ActiveX (Internet-enabled components), and other products are built on the COM base technology.

Error Description

Below is the description of this COM Error.

The device instance cannot be created because it already exists.