Windows® Not Recognizing USB Device
Get to know more about why Windows does not recognize the USB device
The USB is a connecting standard between the computers and the external devices. USB stands for Universal Serial Bus. The USB devices help the user to carry information and also sharing of data between the various devices. The USB devices are connected to a computer through the USB ports in the system. After inserting the USB devices in the port Windows Explorer window will display the device icon in the External Storage devices section. The user can exploit the use of the device through this way. If the computer is not recognizing the USB drive, then reinsert the device. The Windows Operating System sometimes fails to detect the device. The reasons for the issue are conflicts with the operating system, issues with the USB device or the port, updation problems with the USB drivers, Internet Protocol binding issues, etc. Some of the issues can be solved just by restarting the system. In some Windows Operating Systems, the USB devices are not recognized due to the compatibility issues. The issues with the USB devices also cause problems while inserting the device on the system. Update the USB drivers for better synchronization with the system.
Discussed below are some points related with the Windows not recognizing the USB device issue:
- Features of the USB Devices
- Causes for Not Recognizing Issue
- Tips to Solve the Issue
Features of the USB Devices
The USB devices are external storage devices that are connected to the computer via the USB port. The devices include the computer peripherals like the mouse, keyboard, printers etc, external hard drives, etc. The devices are used as a medium of storing the data from the computers. The USB devices are also removable and the external hard drives are portable too. Some of the USB devices show compatible issues with the operating systems and as a result the devices could not be recognized.
Causes for Not Recognizing Issue
The compatible issues with operating system can cause the not recognizing issue. For verifying the issue, the user should connect the device on another system with a different operating system version of Windows or on another OS like Linux or Mac. If the problem is not with the operating system then the USB device would be the issue. The issue can also occur due to the problem with the USB port. Sometimes the failure in updating the USB drive can cause the not recognized issue. The hard drive issue, Protocol binding issues, etc. can also cause Windows not to recognize USB device issue.
Do not insert the USB device immediately after restarting the computers. The OS needs some time to resume. So insert the device only after some seconds. Also if the device is not recognized by the Windows reinsert the device or insert the same in another port. The restarting of the computer is also recommended. If the Windows Explorer window is not displaying the device, then do the following steps: Click 'Start' and select the 'Run' command. Type "Devmgmt.msc" and click 'OK'. A device manager window will be appeared and click on the computer option in it. From the 'Action' menu select the 'Scan for hardware' changes option. This will display the device. Also format the device if the problem still exists.
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