Fix USB Devices Not Working on Windows 10

Whether you are using PNY or Kingston USB, it is common for you to encounter Device not recognized issues or USB issues specifically on Windows 10. You may often find Windows cannot find your USB or the USB shows itself in Unknown devices.

When you have some significant sources on your USB to be used at once, there exist some annoyance if USB cannot be detected or is not accessible in some vital case. Therefore, chase after this post to get the way to fix this USB not working issue on Windows 10n as soon as possible.


1: Check USB Port

2: Uninstall USB drivers

3: Update USB drivers

4: Run Hardware and Device Troubleshooter

Solution 1: Check USB Port

One must make sure the USB and USB port are usable if you would like to make use of USB on Windows 10. As USB is a data storage device that includes flash memory with an integrated USB interface on Windows 10, now it is widely used. Thus it is natural that USB port goes wrong if used frequently.

You cannot ignore that not only broken USB but also damaged USB port can cause your USB not working or detected on Windows 10.

So it is in great need for you to check if your USB ports are working well.

If your USB failed to work with port 3.0, try to plug it into USB 2.0 port.

Sometimes, power state can also induce this USB not detected or working issue, you can manage to check the power supply of your PC. Maybe it is in the low power supply that the USB cannot be accessible.

If you have investigated all the aspects of the USB ports, USB still undetected on Windows 10, you can also change power management settings to disable power saver.

By checking the USB ports working condition, you have also excluded the possibility that it is the hardware that results in USB not recognized.

Solution 2: Uninstall USB drivers

Some people find even though their USB or SD cards were detected, they could not open any file which denotes the USB is still undetected on Windows 10. Or the USB works fine with port 2.0 but failed to perform with port 3.0, maybe the problem lies in USB drivers. In this way, make sure you have the most up-to-date USB drivers.

1. Open Device Manager.

2. Locate and expand Universal Serial Bus controllers.

3. Right click the USB drivers to Uninstall device.

Here you will find many USB drivers, manage to uninstall them all.

4. Confirm to Uninstall the USB drivers.

Then you will have deleted the USB drivers from Windows 10, what you need to do next is to download or update the USB driver with the latest version to see if it can make the USB detected or back to work on Windows 10.  At this moment when you have just uninstalled USB drivers, Scan for hardware changes can help you find the new USB drivers.

Solution 3: Update USB drivers

As suggested, outdated or corrupted USB drivers can also lead your USB to be undetected or inaccessible. Updating them is a necessary fix. And if scan for hardware changes to enable Windows 10 won’t find the latest USB 3.0 drivers for you, turn to Driver Doctor.

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Driver Doctor would download the most up-to-date USB drivers for you. In this way, you are able to fix this USB not detected or not working issue on Windows 10 with the newly updated USB driver.

Solution 4: Run Hardware and Device Troubleshooter

Windows 10 can use troubleshooters with own device properties to detect and fix different devices errors. For this USB not recognized or working issue when plugging in, it is also advisable to activate the hardware and device troubleshooter.

1. Search Troubleshoot in the search box and stroke Enter.

2. Navigate to Troubleshoot, scroll down to Hardware and devices and click Run the troubleshooter.

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Windows 10 would detect your device errors and in this process, may the issue that USB cannot be detected or recognized be solved in this way.

In a word, USB issues will disappear if you can obey the procedures earnestly on Windows 10. And with these solutions, you are able to make your USB be accessible or detected on Windows 10. You can also get the USB memory stick drivers in compatibility mode for Windows 10. Under this circumstance, USB driver problem may also be resolved, for instance, computers shut down when inserting USB devices.

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