How To Fix “USB Device Not Recognized” Error in Windows 10

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USB device not recognized, facing such error again and again in Windows 10 while inserting any USB device. So you are not alone, many Windows 10 users face this issue, and fix it with some quick fixes. So here in this article we are going to discuss all the possible fixes for the error “USB Device Not Recognized” in Windows 10.


Before proceeding with fixes, let us know the reason behind the error USB Device Not Recognized in Windows 10. The issue can occur due to the following reasons:

  • The inserted USB drive becomes corrupted or unstable.
  • Missing updates that are causing conflict between hardware and software.
  • The USB controllers become corrupted or unstable.
  • Overdated computer.
  • The inserted drive might be entered in selective suspend.
  • Again, an overdated PC or motherboard.

How To Fix “USB Device Not Recognized” Error in Windows 10

USB Device Not Recognized

Before you Start

Before proceeding with the all possible fixes to resolve USB device not recognized error in Windows 10. You should try some quick hacks

  • Restart the Computer.
  • Try to plug-in USB device into other computer.
  • Try to check different USB device on your computer.
  • Try to change power settings of your computer.
  • Update the USB port drivers.

Here, are some fixes by using them you can fix USB Device Not Recognized Error In Windows 10:

Method 1 – Reinstall the external hard drive

Try to uninstall and reconnect the external hard drive, this may resolve the issue, to do so follow the following steps:

  • Go To the Start menu and type Device Manager, in the search bar.
  • Now, select Device Manager from the search results.
  • From the list of hardware, choose disk drive.
  • Right-click on the USB drive with which you are facing the issue.
  • Select Uninstall.
  • After the drive is uninstalled, remove the USB cable from the port.
  • Wait for a while, then again insert the USB cable.
  • The driver will automatically be loaded, and you can check it from the File Explorer.

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Method 2 – Install the Hotfixes

This method helps to resolve known conflicts with the USB drive, to do so follow the given steps:

  • Open KB 976972 if you feel any issue while moving data over USB from Windows 10 or Windows server which have R2-based computer and NVIDIA USB EHCI chipset, and at least 4GB of RAM.
  • Now, look under Update information, choose Download the update package according to the version of your Windows 10 system (64-bit or 32-bit).
  • Select continue.
  • If User Account Control Permission allows, then click on Yes.
  • Now, choose Download and then Open.
  • The download will be started within the next 30 seconds, if not then again choose Download, and then Open.
  • Now, complete the procedure by following on-screen instructions.
  • Open KB 974476 The computer stops responding when a USB device resumes from the USB Selective Suspend state in Windows 10 or Windows Server.
  • Now choose View and request to download hotfixes.
  • Then, select hotfix.
  • A license agreement will be prompted, choose I Agree (if you agree to the terms and conditions).
  • Check the box next to the version of Windows 10, enter your email there.
  • Enter the word verification and choose request Hotfix.
  • Check your mailbox, you have received an email from Microsoft with a download link for Hotfix.
  • Go with the link, and follow all the on-screen instructions, to download and install the hotfix.
  • Reboot your system.

This method might have been solved USB Device Not Recognized error, if not then go with the next method.


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Method 3 – Update To the Latest Windows

Many times, over-dated updates also cause such issue, so to resolve the error install the latest update of the Windows, to do so follow the given steps:

  • Go to the Start menu, open Settings.
  • Navigate to Update & security.
  • Select Windows Update.
  • Now choose to Check for Updates.
  • After scanning is completed, choose Review optional updates.
  • Mark the check-box next to the updates.
  • Now, select Install Updates.
  • If the license agreement prompted, then select I agree.
  • Follow on-screen instructions to download and install the updates.
  • Restart your system.

Updating the windows resolves most of the issues in Windows 10, this might have resolved the issue USB Device Not Recognized. If not, you can try the next method.

Method 4 – Reinstall USB Controllers

As mentioned in the reasons for the error “USB Device Not Recognized”, USB controllers also cause this error. You can try to uninstall and install USB controllers again, to do so follow the following instructions:

  • Go To the Start menu and type Device Manager, in the search bar.
  • Now, select Device Manager from the search results.
  • Scroll down and select Universal Serial Bus Controllers.
  • Now, right-click on the device, select Properties.
  • In the next screen, navigate to the Driver tab, and click on the Uninstall button.
  • Repeat this for each device.
  • Restart the computer.

Check whether error USB Device Not Recognized has been resolved or not. If not, then proceed to the next tip.

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Method 5 – Disable USB selective suspend setting

  • Go to the start menu.
  • Type Power plan in the Search bar.
  • Now, select Choose a Power plan.
  • No, go to your currently selected plan, and then select Change Plan Settings.
  • Choose Change advanced power settings.
  • Choose the box, this will expand USB settings.
  • And now select USB selective suspend settings.
  • Now, select Plugged in (in laptop’s select Battery), then drop-down menu, and then select disabled.
  • Now, click on Apply, then OK.

If this method is also unable to solve the error and the message USB Device Not Recognized is prompted again, so try the next method.

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Method 6 – Install Latest Drivers for Motherboard’s chipset.

This method will install the latest driver update for your motherboard’s chipset, follow the given instructions to install the update and resolve the problem

  • Check your computer’s documentation which should contain the name of the motherboard manufacturer.
  • Visit your computer manufacturer’s support website. For an inventory of computer manufacturers’ support sites, see Computer manufacturers’ contact information.
  • Navigate their website to seek out the acceptable drivers for your motherboard. For assistance, contact your computer manufacturer.

So these were some method by using them, you can fix USB Device Not Recognized error in Windows 10. If still, the problem persists, you can write it at Microsoft Support to file a bug.

Are you facing any problems and issues with Windows 10? Then there is nothing to worry about, we have an article dedicated to Windows 10’s issues and guides, visit Windows 10 Troubleshooting Guide. I hope you would like this content if you have some more suggestions let us know in the comment section.

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