How to Fix USB Not Working in Windows 10

Fix USB Not Working in Windows 10 - Tweaklibrary

Variety of devices like mouse, keyboard, flash drives, portable hard drives, printers, cameras and others are connected to our PC. Most of which are USB. Sometimes you face problems while accessing USB on Windows 10 due to which different interrelated problem occur. Therefore, today we’re going to show you how to fix USB not working on Windows 10 that results into other common problems.

Also Read: How To Disable USB Ports In Windows 7 & 10

List of problems that may occur if USB is not working on Windows 10.

Common Windows 10 USB Problems

  • USB, mouse keyboard not working on Windows 10
  • USB port not working on Windows 10
  • USB not working Windows code 43
  • USB not working when plugged in
  • USB not working, Toshiba, Samsung, Dell, Lenovo
  • USB not accessible
  • USB not initialized
  • USB not opening files
  • USB is not yet available
  • USB not recognized, detected, showing up
  • USB not opening, not responding
  • USB not transferring
  • USB not reading

First think that you should do when you face USB not working problem on Windows 10 is to try connecting your USB to another port. This is done to determine if the problem is with USB port or the device. If the problem persists, try connecting a USB device to another PC. If the issue isn’t resolved, then too then there might be some issue with the USB device.

To fix USB problem try following solutions:

  1. Reinstall device drivers
  2. Alter Power Management settings for USB Controller
  3. Modify registry
  4. Update USB Root Hub drivers
  5. Install updates
  6. Remove laptop battery
  7. Disable fast start-up

Solution 1: Reinstall Device Driver on Windows 10

Reinstall Device Drivers: You can reinstall device driver either manually or automatically.

To reinstall USB device driver manually, follow the steps below:

1. Press Windows key + X and select Device Manager from the menu.

Device Manager in Windows 10

2. Here under Device Manager window look for (USB) Universal Serial Bus Controllers, right click on it.

3. Now, from the context menu, select Update driver, and follow on screen instructions to install latest driver.

Install or update Driver in Windows 10

If this method doesn’t work, instead of selecting Update driver, choose Uninstall device. Once you do, so re attach the device to install the driver and see if it works.

Uninstall Driver In Windows 10

Tip: Restart your Windows machine to bring driver changes into effect.

If you find the above-mentioned steps time consuming, difficult or they don’t work. Try updating USB device driver automatically on Windows 10. For this you can try using Systweak’s Advanced Driver Updater. This tool is compatible with Windows 10, thoroughly tested, virus, adware, malware free. To install latest USB device driver using Advanced Driver Updater follow the steps below:

Steps to install latest device driver using Advanced Driver Updater on Windows 10

1. Download and install Advanced Driver Updater.

Download Advanced Driver Updater

Once installed, Advanced Driver Updater will start scanning your Windows 10 to identify outdated drivers. Advanced Driver Updater will check for missing driver and installed driver version against the device connected and its database stored on cloud. This is done to install compatible and latest device driver on your Windows 10 machine. All you need to do is let the scan finish.

Download and install Advanced Driver Updater

2. On scan completion, you’ll see a list of all the outdated drivers on your Windows 10 PC. Analyze the list and see which driver you wish to update. To update driver individually, click on OUTDATED next to the driver name. However, if you wish to update all the outdated drivers click on Update ALL.

Update all Outdated drivers

Note: There might be certain drivers that may not get installed at once. Therefore, you’ll need to hit OUTDATED or Update ALL multiple times. Remember to restart the system after updating the driver.

Disclaimer: Trial version of this tool is limited functionality.

Solution 2: Alter Power Management settings for USB Controller

If USB isn’t working on Windows 10 then you can try changing Power Management settings on Windows 10 for USB Controller. To do so follow the steps below.

Steps to change Power Management settings on Windows 10 for USB Controller:

1. Press Windows Key + X together and from the context menu select Device Manager.

Select Device Manager in Windows 10

2. Here under Device Manager window look for (USB) Universal Serial Bus Controllers. Double click on it.

3. Next click on Power Management tab under Generic USB Hub Properties. Here, if “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power,” is checked uncheck it and click on OK, to Apply changes.

4. Repeat these steps for all the USB device driver under Universal Serial Bus Controllers.

5. Restart your Windows 10 PC and see if the problem is fixed.

Solution 3: Make changes to Windows Registry

By making a few changes in Windows registry you can fix Windows 10 USB not working problem. To modify registry, follow the steps below:

1. Open Run window by pressing Windows key + R.

2. Next enter regedit in the Run window and press Enter.

Regedit - Run Windows

Tip: As making changes to the Windows registry is not recommended we recommend taking backup of Windows by clicking on File > Export. Here under Export window set Export range to All, chose a location where you want to export the backup, click Save.

If you find it difficult you can try using RegClean Pro to take full backup of your Windows registry.

This backup will help you restore registry if anything goes wrong.

Restore Registry

3. After taking complete backup of Windows registry navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlClass{4d36e965-xxxx-xxxx-xxx-xxxxxxxxxxxxx}. The registry key will differ from machine to machine, but it will start with 4d36e965. This will help you in locating the key.

Windows Registry in Registry editor

4. Next, in right pane look for entries named UpperFilter and LowerFilters delete them. If you cannot see them switch to next solution as this one won’t work for you.

5. However, if you find these entries after deleting them restart your PC.

After your Windows 10 PC is restarted check if USB device not working problem is solved or not.

Solution 4: Update USB Root Hub drivers

If the problem persists, try updating USB Root Hub Driver to solve Windows 10 USB problem. To do so follow the steps below.

Steps to update USB Root Hub driver on Windows 10

1. Press Windows key + X and select Device Manager from the menu.

Open Device Manager to update USB root hub driver

2. Here under Device Manager window look for (USB) Universal Serial Bus Controllers. Double click on it to expand (USB) Universal Serial Bus Controllers.

3. Now, look for USB Root Hub. Right click on it and from the context menu select Update driver.

Update USB Root Hub

4. You’ll now see a window with two options to search for driver. Select “Search automatically for update driver software” and follow the on-screen instructions.

Update all USB Root Hub Device Drivers

5. Follow the same steps and update all USB Root Hub device driver.

Once done, check your USB should be working without any issues on Windows 10.

Solution 5: Install Windows updates

By installing necessary Windows updates, you can solve USB not working on Windows 10 errors. To install Windows update, follow the steps below:

1. Open Windows settings by pressing Windows key + I.

2. Here, look for Update & Security.

Update windows - Go to windows setting

3. Now click on Windows Update option present in the left pane.

4. Next click on Check for Updates, to see if any updates are available.

Windows Update - Check for updates

5. Download updates, restart PC to install updates and see if USB not working error on Windows 10 is fixed or not.

Solution 6: Remove laptop battery

To resolve USB not working on Windows 10 if you are using a laptop try removing laptop battery. This might fix the problem. What you need to do is remove the battery and press the power button for 30 seconds or more. This will make discharge capacitors completely. In addition to this leave your laptop turned off for complete night. Now try and see if Windows 10 USB problem is resolved.

Solution 7: Disable fast startup

In some cases, if Windows 10 boots quickly then your system does not get  enough time to detect USB. In such a case you need to disable Fast startup on Windows 10. To disable Fast startup on Windows 10 follow the steps below:

1. Press Windows key + X and select Power Options from the menu.

Select Power option - Disable Fast Startup

2. Click on Additional power settings option present in the right.

Aditional power setting

3. Now, click on Choose what the power button does.

Choose what the power button does

4. Next click on Change settings that are currently unavailable

Change setting the are currently Unavailable

5. Here, uncheck “Turn on fast startup” under Shutdown settings and click on Save changes.

Turn on fast Startup in System Setting

In addition to this disable USB selective suspend feature. To do so follow the steps below:

1. Press Windows key + X and select Power Options from the menu.

Power option in Windows setting

2. Click on Additional power settings option present in the right.

Additional power settings option in Windows 10

3. Now click on Change plan settings next to High Performance.

Change plan Setting - USB

4. Next to modify power settings click on Change advance power settings.

Change Advanced Power Setting

5. Now you need to go to USB settings and set USB selective suspend settings to Disabled > Apply > Ok.

Disable USB suspend setting

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We hope these solutions work for you and you are able to resolve USB not working on Windows 10. Do let us know which solution worked for you. If there is any other solution that worked, please share the same. Your comments and feedback are valuable to us.

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