One who frequently uses Universal Serial Bus (USB) devices for storing, sharing and transferring data from one computer to another would have surely seen this error “USB Device Not Recognized”. This error can get on your nerves when you need to store or read file in your computer immediately and Windows is unable to read it.

USB Device Not Recognized

If you have experienced this situation, you surely would have been willing to throw your computer and/or USB. However, now you do not need to do this. All you need to do is to control your temper and try the given below methods and I am sure that one of them will be helpful in fixing this issue.

Method # 1: (Try All USB Ports)

It is seen that most of the users do not check the other USB ports of their PC and simply remove USB from a particular port and insert it again in the same port. The reason why they do not check other USB ports.

It usually happens because the user have connected other devices to it and since all ports are working, they think that the port in which they are plugging-in USB is working too and the issue is with the USB or Operating System and not with the port.

However, sometimes not all USB ports are working or supplying enough voltage that is required to operate a device. Therefore, it is must to check the all USB ports of your computer.

Method # 2: (Remove All USB Devices)

If you have tried the above method and still your computer is unable to read or recognize the USB device, there may be some other issue with it. Since you have plugged-in the USB in other ports by swapping the USB devices connected with those ports, it simply shows that the USB ports are working properly.

Sometimes, the operating system is unable to read or recognize the USB device you are willing to operate because of the conflict between it and other USB devices connected to the computer. There are many reasons behind the conflict between USB devices but that is something else.

In order to resolve this issue, you will need to remove all USB devices connected to your computer and restart it. The reason why it is important to restart it is because the conflict between devices may have been stored in the cache which can only be removed by restarting it. After restarting the computer, now you can plug-in the targeted USB only.

Method # 3: (Uninstall and Reinstall USB Driver)

In case, the above two methods are not working, it means that there is something wrong with the device driver. Therefore, now you need to carry out the given methods.

First of all, you need to open the Run window by selecting it from the start menu or by using the combination of Windows Button + R. In the Run window, you will need to enter the given command i.e. “devmgmt.msc” and click Ok.

Once you have clicked Ok, now you need to expand Universal Serial Bus controllers and attach the device which is not recognized. It will display you all USB devices connected to your computer as shown in the following image and the unrecognized device will be highlighted with yellow sign.

Uninstall and Reinstall the device driver

Once you have identified the USB device which is unable to recognize by your computer, right click on it and Uninstall the driver. After uninstalling the driver of that particular device, you need to reinstall the driver. However, make sure to reboot the computer before you reinstall the driver.

Method # 4: (Update Device Driver)

Have you tried all above methods and your USB device is still not recognized by the computer, then there must be some problem with the device driver. In some cases, the device driver is outdated which creates a conflict between operating system and the device you are trying to plug-in and this issue can only be resolved by updating the device driver.

In order to update the device driver, you will need to open the device manager. In the Device Manager window, there will be a tab ‘Action’. Click on this tab and select ‘Scan for hardware changes’ option from the drop down menu.

Update Device Driver 1

Selecting that option will open a new window in which there will be many options. Among those options, there will be an option of Update Driver. You can only click that button and update driver if it is outdated. If there is no driver update available, you will not be able to click it.

Update Device Driver 2

Method # 5: (Windows USB Troubleshooter)

Another option you are left with is using the Windows tool known as Windows USB Troubleshooter. This automated tool analyzes the USB device connected to the computer, detects and fixes any known issues and makes the device operable for the user.

WIndows USB Troubleshooter
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The above methods are found useful for fixing this issue in Windows. In case, you know any other method of fixing this issue which is not mentioned above, share it with us. Also, give us your feedback or suggestions via comments.