Windows 10 Unrecognized USB Device Solution

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Last updated: December 25, 2022

The mistake USB device not recognized is common on computers running Windows 10. If your computer is running Windows 10 or Windows 7, you may have encountered this error after connecting a device External USB to the PC.

If the error occurs, the USB device will not appear on your Windows PC. This means that you will not be able to open the device or access the data stored in it.

In this article I will show you How to solve this problem. But first, let's see what are the causes?

Causes of USB device not recognized problem

This problem usually comes from two sources: hardware and software.

On the hardware side, it is your key in question that has suffered hardware damage.

On the software side, the driver conflict and the corrupt files are often the offending causes. Or your operating system does not have the correct driver to automatically detect it.

How to fix an unrecognized USB device?

Method 1: Update the USB device driver

If Windows is unable to recognize the device, try to update device driver.

To do this, you need to do the following:

  • Access Device Manager by clicking Start and typing devmgmt. msc.
  • Double-click to open the section USB bus controllers and select the non-working USB drive with a right click (often indicated by a red exclamation mark).
  • Now click on Manufacturing , then on the tab Pilot , And then Update the driver.

If that doesn't work, you can also try to download the driver for your device from the manufacturer's website.

If the USB device is only a drive flash, it is probably not a driver problem. However, if you are installing a USB printer, it might be worth downloading the driver for that specific device.

Method 2: disable and then re-enable the root USB hub

Sometimes, simply re-enabling the root USB hub can fix Windows not recognizing USB error.

To do this, you need to do the following:

  • Access Device Manager by clicking Start and typing devmgmt. msc.
  • Then click USB bus controllers  and then right click on each Root USB hub.
  • Then select Disable. 
  • And after, click on Enable.

You can finally connect the USB device to the computer again. Your USB stick can thus be recognized.