How to Fix the Error “USB Device Not Recognized”

Here, we will tackle a common issue that many computer users face: the “USB device not recognized” error message. This frustrating error can prevent you from connecting and using your USB devices effectively.

However, fear not! In this article, we will walk you through the troubleshooting steps to fix this problem and get your USB devices up and running smoothly again.

Step 1: Try Another USB Port

The first solution we recommend is simple yet effective. If you encounter the “USB device not recognized” error, try connecting your device to a different USB port. Sometimes, the port you are using may have a temporary glitch or a hardware issue. By plugging your device into another port, you can determine whether the problem lies with the specific port or the device itself.

Step 2: Adjust USB Settings in Power and Sleep Settings

If switching USB ports doesn’t resolve the issue, we can proceed to the next troubleshooting method. Here’s what you need to do:

  • You have to click on the Windows icon and then click on “Settings.”
  • Now click on the “Power and Sleep settings” option.
  • Here you can find “Additional power settings.”, so click on it
  • Now choose “Change plan settings” for the selected power plan.
  • Here you can find another option “Change advanced power settings.” Click on it.
  • Scroll down until you find “USB settings” and expand the option.
  • Click on “USB selective suspend settings” and expand it as well.
  • You have to disable these both options within this setting.
  • Now, click “Apply” and then click “OK” to save the changes.
  • Restart your system.Now check if the “USB device not recognized” error persists.

Step 3: Update USB Drivers via Device Manager

If the issue still persists, we can try updating the USB drivers through the Device Manager. Follow these steps:

  • Click on the Windows icon.
  • Search for “Device Manager” and click on it.
  • Expand the “Universal Serial Bus controllers” category.
  • Then right-click on “Generic USB Hub” and select “Update Driver.”
  • Click on the “Browse my computer” and then click on “Let me pick.”
  • Select the appropriate driver and click “Next” to update the USB port.
  • Repeat the same process for all other “Generic USB Hub” entries.
  • Next, right-click on “USB Root Hub” and select “Update Driver.”
  • Click on the “Browse my computer” and then click on “Let me pick.”
  • Update the USB drivers for all the “USB Root Hub” entries.
  • Finally, restart your system, and hopefully, the USB-related issues will be resolved.


By following the above 3 troubleshooting steps outlined, you should be able to fix the “USB device not recognized” error and regain full functionality of your USB devices. Remember to restart your system after applying these solutions to ensure the changes take effect.

Chandra Shekar

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