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Fix: USB Not Working in Windows 10

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USB is a revolutionary standard and has changed the way people connect devices. Almost everything, starting from your phone charger, to peripherals like keyboard, mouse, printer and devices like digital cameras and smartphones use USB. But you might’ve run into issues like “USB Device Not Recognized”, “Power Surge on USB Port” or the device just not showing up on your PC. These methods will help you solve all your issues regarding your USB port so that you can continue with

Fix 1 for USB Not Working: Uninstall the device drivers

The first and most obvious solution is to reinstall your device drivers. When you plug in a device, a small progress bar appears that finishes quickly and displays a message notifying you of successfully installing the device drivers. To uninstall a device driver, all you have to do is open up Device Manger, by right-clicking on the Computer icon and click on Manage. Once there, you’ll have to locate your device. After locating the device, it’s just a matter of right-clicking on it and choosing the uninstall option. Simply restart your computer and then plug in the device again to check whether everything works.

Fix 2: Uncheck the Fast Boot option

Windows 10 boots up too quickly and some users believe that it is the reason as to why the USB device fails to show up. To turn off fast boot, go to the Control Panel and click on Power Options. On the side, there is an option to choose what the power button does. Click on it and a new window should pop up. Once you’re there, click Change settings that are currently unavailable and scroll down to Shutdown settings. You’re almost done. Uncheck the fast startup option and click Save Changes.

Fix 3: Altering the Power Management Settings for USB Controller

Open up the Device Manager and select the Universal Serial Bus controllers menu. It should bring down a list of options. Find an option for the USB Root Hub and right click on it and select Properties. It should consist of 7 tabs and the last one is what you need to select. The Power Management tab will have an option which says ‘Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power’. If that option is checked, uncheck it and click on OK to save changes.

Fix 4: Uninstall the USB Controller

This is another simple solution that involves uninstalling stuff from the Device Manager. Open up the Device Manager as mentioned above and find ‘Universal Serial Bus controllers’. It is a collapsible menu and once you click on it, a host of options will pop up. Uninstall each and every one of them and restart your computer.

That’s pretty much everything that you need to do to fix your malfunctioning USB. At least one of the above fixes should be applicable to you and now you finally know what to do when an issue crops up.

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