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Troubleshoot USB Drivers Not Working Windows 10/11

In my experience, troubleshooting USB drivers not working in Windows 10/11 can be a frustrating issue to resolve.

Verify Device and Port Condition

Check the physical condition of your USB device and the port on your computer. Ensure that there are no visible damages or debris that could be causing connectivity issues.

Test the USB Device:

Try connecting the USB device to another port on your computer to see if the issue is with the specific port. You can also test the USB device on another computer to determine if it works properly.

Update Device Drivers:

Navigate to Device Manager by right-clicking on the Start menu and selecting it from the context menu. Look for your USB device under the “Universal Serial Bus controllers” section and right-click to update the driver.

If the issue persists after updating the drivers, consider downloading the latest driver from the manufacturer’s website and installing it manually.

Remember to always safely eject your USB device before removing it from the port to prevent data corruption.

Adjust Laptop Power Settings

  • Access Power Options in Control Panel
  • Click on the “Change plan settings” next to your current power plan
  • Choose “Change advanced power settings”
  • Expand the “USB settings” category
  • Set “USB selective suspend setting” to Disabled
  • Click “Apply” and “OK” to save changes

Update or Reinstall Drivers

Right-click on the device and select “Update driver” to search for the latest driver software online. If that doesn’t work, uninstall the driver by right-clicking on the device and selecting “Uninstall device.” Restart your computer and let Windows automatically reinstall the driver.

If the issue persists, you can manually download the driver from the manufacturer’s website and install it. Make sure to restart your computer after installing the driver. If all else fails, consider contacting the manufacturer for further assistance or checking for hardware malfunctions.

Manage USB Power Management

1. Open Device Manager by pressing Windows key + X and selecting Device Manager from the menu.
2. Locate the USB controllers section and expand it by clicking the arrow next to it.
3. Right-click on each USB Root Hub and select Properties.
4. Go to the Power Management tab and uncheck the box that says “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.”
5. Click OK to apply the changes.
6. Repeat this process for all USB Root Hubs listed.
7. Restart your computer to ensure the changes take effect.

By managing USB power management settings, you can prevent USB driver issues and ensure that your devices work properly on your Windows 10/11 system.


Why are my USB drivers not working?

Your USB drivers may not be working due to a variety of reasons such as incompatible devices, outdated or incorrect drivers, damaged ports or cables, or a faulty USB port.

How to repair USB driver?

To repair a USB driver, there are several methods you can try.

Why is my computer not detecting my USB drive?

Your computer may not be detecting your USB drive due to a unstable or corrupt USB driver, conflicts with updates, or missing important updates for hardware or software.

How do you reset USB drivers?

To reset USB drivers, you can restart your computer, uninstall USB controllers in Device Manager, use the Registry Editor, re-enable the USB controller in Power settings, or run Windows Troubleshooter to detect errors.

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