Fix USB Device Not Recognized Error in Windows


The “USB device not recognized error” in Windows can occur anytime and most of the time it leaves the user frustrated. This error usually occurs when you connect a new USB device to your Windows running computer.

Fix USB Device Not Recognized Error

If you see this message after connecting a new USB device, then this is mostly because of missing drivers on your computer for the connected device. Now, if you are getting USB device not recognized message for a USB device that you have been using for a long time then here, we have few fixes.

Here in this post, I have described few methods to fix “USB Device not recognized error” in Windows PC. Some are incredibly easy, and some are easy but bit time-consuming methods.

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Fix for USB Device Not Recognized Problem in Windows

For New Device:  If you are getting USB not recognized message for the newly connected device, then I would strongly recommend you to install the latest drivers that you have received with your device or visit your manufacturer website to download the latest drivers.

If you are facing the same problem for your USB device that was working flawlessly, then follow below methods.

Method 1:  Unplug your Computer

Yes! You read it right. Just unplug your computer completely. First shut down your computer normally by clicking on Shutdown or long press power button until your computer screen goes off.

Now unplug it from a wall outlet or from any other power source (Battery/if you are using Laptop, UPS) that your PC is getting power from and wait for few minutes and plug it back into a wall outlet.

That’ it! Now reboot your Windows PC and connect your USB device to see if this method solved your USB Device not recognized the problem.

Method 2:  Reinstall you USB Device

If the first method didn’t fix your problem, then proceed with the second method.  Here you have to uninstall your USB device. To do this

  1. Go running from your start screen (or press Win Key + R) then type devmgmt.msc. This will open Device Manager. (For Windows 8 Win Key+ X + M it will directly open Device Manger).
  2. Now find Universal Serial Bus controllers in the list and click on “+” sign to expand it.
  3. Now right-click on the message where it says “USB device not recognized or USB device is malfunctioned“ with a yellow exclamation mark and select “uninstall.”
  4. After uninstalling your device, make a fresh install of your USB Device by reconnecting it to your computer.

Restart your PC to complete the installation process.

Method 3: Restore your System

If the method 2 also got you no solution then proceed with method 3. Restoring your system solves most of the major and minor issues you have with your computer.

Restoring your computer to the earlier point is recommended as it will undo all the changes that you have made to your computer from the date of selected restore point.

What is System Restore? System Restore can return your PC’s system files and programs to a time when everything was working fine, potentially preventing hours of troubleshooting headaches. It won’t affect your documents, pictures, or other data. Read more about System Restore from Microsoft (Who else can tell you better than the developer) !

Note that if you restore your computer, all your recently installed programs will be uninstalled. So, before proceeding with restore process, create a restore point of the current state in your system.

  1. To Restore your Windows XP PC: Press Win Key + R > Type Restore > Then click on “rstrui.exe” and follow onscreen instructions.
  2. To restore Windows 7 PC: Type Restore in the search bar and then click Restore and proceed with on-screen instructions.
  3. To restore Windows 8 PC: Go to Control Panel > All control panel Items > Recovery > Click System Restore and then follow onscreen instructions.


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