Fix USB Not Recognized in Windows


Fix USB Not Recognized in Windows

Have you been having issues regarding “USB Device not recognised”? If yes, then you are at the right spot. Today we are going to discuss some methods by which you can easily fix USB device problems. Go through the post to know about it.

Many times you notice the error USB Device not recognized while working on Windows. This irritating error can occur for different reasons and because of this error you are not able to use the drive on your computer. This type of error is mainly driver error that generally occurs due to malfunctioning or corrupting of USB drivers in PC. However, you don’t know exactly which driver needs to be changed. So in this tutorial, we will be discussing the methods by which you can easily sort out this problem in Windows PC. So have a look on complete guide discussed below to proceed.

The methods are really simple and you will have to update the driver or troubleshoot it, that will resolve your issue and you can easily access the USB device in your computer. Just follow the steps presented below to proceed.

Method 1. Removing Your Computer’s Power

Unplugging computer’s power cable doesn’t mean a standard shutdown it means that you have to unplug your power cable from your computer. Sometimes motherboards need to be restarted because it is very convenient if you want to remotely wake up your computer. If you are lucky enough then it will solve the issue in no time.

Method 2. Using Trouble-shooter

Well, trouble-shooter is the best way to sort out any kind of Hardware problem. You just need to ‘Troubleshooting’ in the start menu and then under ‘Hardware and sound’ select the option ‘Configure a device’ and follow on screen instruction to sort out any problem regarding USB device or other hardware.

Method 3. Disconnecting and Connecting USB devices

This is the first thing you can do with your plugged in devices as sometimes reinserting the devices can fix the issue because while reconnecting you are actually refreshing your plugged in devices.

Method 4. Disable The Fast Start-up Option

If you are having a laptop and you are facing an issue regarding USB devices then you need to disable the Fast Startup option. Follow this step to do so:

Step 1. First of all, open the Power option and then select ‘Change what the power buttons do’

Step 2. Now you need to click on “Change settings that are currently unavailable.”

Step 3. Now you need to navigate to the Shutdown settings and then uncheck the option “Turn on Fast Startup”

Simply, click on save changes and restart the computer. It will probably solve the problem

Method 4. Unplug USB Drive and Insert in a Different USB

If you are continuously getting “Not recognized error” dialog box. Then there is a sure chance that your USB port is having a problem. USB ports can misbehave and malfunction when it gets older. So, inserting a new USB drive in different port will fix the issue. If you find the problem in your USB port then make sure to replace it to avoid any future error.

Method 5. Restart the Computer

Every time we start our PC, all the programs, drivers and processes run automatically in the background. However, if any of the important process or driver fails to load at the Windows start-up then your PC can misbehave. So, it is better to restart your computer and check whether your computer is still showing “USB device Not Recognised” error

Method 6. Update Device Driver

Windows device does not recognise it simply means that your Windows are not able to recognise the plugged in device. Sometimes, updating the device driver can fix the issue. So let’s know how to update device driver.

Step 1. Go to start menu and typedevmgmt.msc. You will see Device manager.

Step 2. Now expand universal serial bus controllers and you can see the unrecognised devices as “Unknown devices”

Step 3. You need to right click on unknown device and then select the option of Update driver.

It will work for sure if you needed a necessary update of your driver and will fix your issue.

Method 7. Uninstalling A Driver and Reinstalling It

Step 1. Firstly open RUN (Windows Logo + R key) and then type “devmgmt.msc” there and click OK.

Step 2. Now double click on Universal Serial Bus controllers to expand it. Now insert Your USB pen drive in it and all the driver list will get refreshed.

Step 3. Now you will see error sign on the Serial Bus Controller which is creating this error.

Step 4. Simply right click on it and then uninstall it and after that reinstall it and you can also update other drivers too that not working properly on your device.

That’s it! you are done, now you simply need to restart your computer and insert the USB driver in any com port and you will not receive this error message this time.

Method 8. Uninstall Existing Hidden Devices

Windows Device Manager doesn’t show all the devices in the list. It only shows devices that are connected to the PC at the time you are operating. For example, a printer once installed on a PC and no longer is attached is not shown in device manager list. So, some hidden devices can create problems for current USB devices. So, let’s know how to show hidden devices and uninstall them to avoid any error.

Step 1. First of all, you need to open the command prompt. For this, you need to Press windows key+R and in the run box type CMD.

Step 2. Now you need to type these commands carefully here are the commands



start devmgmt.msc

Step 3. After that the device manager will load on your screen and you have to select the tab “View” and then enable the option “Show Hidden devices

Now, you can find the list of all unused device drivers and uninstall them to fix the “USB Not Recognised” windows error.

Method 9. Using USB Fix It

It is the software from Microsoft which provides users to fix any USB problems, this provides users with two options “Detect problems and apply the fixes for me”(Automatic) and the another one is “Detect problems and let me select the fixes manually

You can select the manual mode to know what the problems are as it provides you the complete details causing the error, Or you can select the recommended one to automatically fix errors. It will troubleshoot it and let you know about the error.

These are some simple procedures to fix USB not recognised error in windows when you encounter it. Try any and it may work for you. If everything fails you can simply change the chord or cable as it can also affect it.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Related Articles

This Post Has One Comment

  1. Pauline

    Informative post. Thanks

Leave a Reply