How To Fix Windows “USB Device Not Recognized” Error

Are you getting a “USB device not recognized” error whenever you plug in a USB mouse, keyboard, camera, or other any device? Most of the time this works great, but occasionally your computer might stop recognizing USB devices. The odd thing about this error is that the ports are working just fine.So it seems MS has a problem with "usb device not recognized in windows". When a Google search will find no real solutions to the problem.

How To Fix Windows “USB Device Not Recognized” Error

I havent found one hear ether. This is something that needs a REAL FIX. I should not have to pay Tech Support to find out why. This is clearly an OS Win7 problem. the common problems with Windows Vista and Windows 7 ( which used to be an issue in XP before the service pack 3 release), is the annoying “USB Device Not Recognized” error message popping up on the desktop taskbar.

Method 1 : Uninstall and then reconnect the external hard drive

  • Select Start, type Device Manager in the Search box
  • Select Device Manager from the returned list.
  • Select Disk Drives from the list of hardware
  • Press and hold (or right-click) the USB external hard drive with the issue, and select Uninstall.
  • After the hard drive is uninstalled, unplug the USB cable.
  • Wait for 1 minute and then reconnect the USB cable. The driver should automatically load
  • Check for the USB drive in Windows Explorer

Note :- Connecting your USB external hard drive into a non-powered USB hub can cause a lack of enough power to operate the external drive. Instead, plug it directly into your computer.

Method 2 : Install the latest Windows Updates

  • Select the Start button, type Windows Update in the Search box, and then select Windows Update in the results pane.
  • Select Check for Updates. After the scan is complete, select Review optional updates.
  • Select the check box next to the updates, then select Install updates.
  • If prompted, review the license agreement, then select I Accept.
  • Follow the onscreen instructions to download and install the updates.
  • If prompted, reboot your computer.

Method 3 : Reinstall USB controllers.

  • Select Start, then type device manager in the Search box, and then select Device Manager.
  • Select Check for Updates. After the scan is complete, select Review optional updates.
  • Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers. Press and hold (or right-click) a device and select Uninstall. Repeat for each device.
  • Once complete, restart your computer. Your USB controllers will automatically install.

Method 4 : Disable USB selective suspend setting.

  • Select the Start button, type power plan in the Search box, and then select Choose a power plan.
  • Next to your currently selected plan, select Change Plan Settings.
  • Select Change advanced power settings.
  • Select the box to expand USB Settings > USB selective suspend settings.
  • Select Plugged in, select the drop down menu, and then select disabled.
  • If youre using a laptop, select Battery, select the drop down menu, and then select disabled.
  • Select Apply > OK.

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