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How to Fix Windows 10 Not Recognizing USB Device Error?

Nowadays, people use USB devices on a daily basis to perform their various activities. But sometimes, you may experience problems while connecting your USB  device to Windows 10 system. One of the most common issues that users have reported is Windows 10 may not recognize their USB devices. Whenever you get a “USB device not recognized” error message on the screen after plugging a USB device into Windows computers, find its root cause. Here, in this article, we have mentioned a common workaround to troubleshoot USB devices not recognized in Windows 10 devices issue.

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Quick Methods to Fix USB Device not Recognized Windows 10 Issue

As explained, whenever your device is not recognized on your computer, try to find the exact reason behind the issue. After that, apply troubleshooting methods like reset Windows 10 system to fix your issue. All you have to do is:

Method 01. Disconnect all Cables from the Power Source

This might sound like the easiest and quickest workaround but it works effectively. Many users claimed that a simple computer restart could resolve the issue. Usually, this reboots the motherboard and all other computer hardware connected to it, including the USB ports. For this:

  • Remove all the cables connecting power source, like wall outlet from your computer.
  • Leave the computer idle for a few minutes and then plug it again into the wall outlet.
  • Restart your computer and check if it detects the USB device and performs relevant tasks.

Method 02. Change the USB Port

Is your computer still unable to recognize USB devices even if it is connected properly? Is yes, make sure there is no issue with the USB port. Check all the available USB ports one by one and see whether your computer hardware problem is resolved with any other port. If changing to another port resolve the issue, then try to identify the problem with the previous port.

Method 03. Uninstall USB Device Driver

There may be some problems with the USB drivers, as unstable or damaged drivers can bother you a lot. In such cases, uninstall the drivers and later install them from the official site of the manufacturer, if required. To uninstall the USB device drivers, you need to follow the below-given steps:

  • Right-click on the Windows logo that appears on the bottom-left corner and then chooses Device Manager.
  • Locate and expand the “USB root hub” option, right-click on any of the USB drivers that appear in the list, and click Uninstall. Follow the same steps for all USB drivers one by one.
  • At last, restart your system. The USB drivers will automatically reinstall, otherwise, you can install it online to fix the corrupted USB devices problem.

Method 04. Change the USB Selective Suspend Settings

Sometimes, the hub driver suspends the USB automatically and causes USB malfunctions. In such cases, you can change the USB selective suspend settings to fix your issue. Just apply the following steps:

  • Firstly, right-click on the Windows icon and then choose Power Options from the list of applications.
  • Now, click on the “Choose or customize a power plan window” option followed by a click on the “Change plan settings” option.
  • Click Change advanced power settings option from the Edit Plan Settings window.
  • In the Power Options window, find and expand USB settings. Again, expand USB selective suspend settings, and then choose Disable option to turn off both the “On battery” and “Plugged in” settings.
  • At last, click Apply followed by a click on OK button to save the settings.


The above-mentioned methods will definitely fix the “USB device malfunctioned and not recognized” issue. These troubleshooting methods will definitely enable users to access their USB and use the saved data on it again.  If you have any other suggestions or solutions, please share with us by writing us a comment below.

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