How to Fix Windows XP and 7 USB Device Not Recognized Error Message

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How To Fix Windows XP and 7 USB Device Not Recognized Error Message

How to fix iPhone, iPod, Printer, Scanner and all ‘USB device not recognized’ error message by Windows XP, Vista, and 7? Did you receive the ‘usb device not recognized’ error? There could be a few possibilities, they are:

  • Your driver is corrupt, not recognizable or compatible
  • Your hardware or device malfunction

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Assuming that your device is in good condition and your driver is compatible with Windows. What’s next? To work around this issue, try the following solutions:

  • Method 1 – Unplug your USB device, restart your computer wait for 5 minutes, plug in your USB device again. This enables your motherboard to clear all of its cache.
  • Method 2 – Uninstall and Reinstall your driver, or download the latest driver from your manufacturer
  • Method 3 – Use the Device Manager to scan for new and recently installed hardware.

How To Fix Windows XP and 7 USB Device Not Recognized Error Message

  • Step 1 – Search for ‘devmgmt.msc’
  • Step 2 – Click on ‘devmgmt.msc’

How To Fix Windows XP and 7 USB Device Not Recognized Error Message

  • Step 3 – Look for your USB in the list, click on it.
  • Step 4 – Select ‘Action’ Menu, click ‘scan for hardware changes’.

Windows will perform a quick registry scan for any new hardware changes. IF it still doesn’t work, try this:

  • Test the hardware on another computer, if it works, then it could be your Windows. If it doesn’t, try it on another different computer. If the USB device does not work again, it could be hardware malfunction. See your dealer if it is a new purchase.
  • Obtain the latest service pack for Windows XP, it could be a bug.
  • Shut down your comp and unplug your computer from the power supply, allow the motherboard to clear its cache and memory, restart and plug in your USB.

Still Doesn’t Work? Maybe It Is a Fake USB?

How To Fix Windows XP and 7 USB Device Not Recognized Error Message

Don’t worry; I doubt your USB device is a fake.

How to Fix USB Device Not Recognized – USB Not Working?


13 comments on “How to Fix Windows XP and 7 USB Device Not Recognized Error Message

  1. Heart
    Heart October 25, 2009 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    HOw to fix a usb thats really not being read by the pc and it starts to heat up, tell me if it cant be fixed.

    • mummyboy
      mummyboy April 7, 2013 at 9:52 pm - Reply

      It is time to change to a new PC

      • Jimmy
        Jimmy April 11, 2013 at 8:57 pm - Reply

        How to fix Error USB Device Not Recognized?

      • Harrison Weber
        Harrison Weber April 11, 2013 at 9:01 pm - Reply

        any Simple fix for “USB device not recognized”!???

  2. Joel
    Joel January 20, 2011 at 2:58 am - Reply

    OK, I have a Olympus SP 320 Digital Camera. I get the same messages, Windows does not recognize and malfunctioning ect. I have done it all to fix. Computer is (Dell 4600 Windows XP) We also have a Gateway Desktop also running Windows XP and the camera loads fine on that one. So I am missing a file on the Dell that kinds it from finding my camera? Thanks

    • scott
      scott April 7, 2013 at 9:52 pm - Reply

      Maybe you need to upgrade the firmware or driver

  3. Aseem Kishore
    Aseem Kishore April 7, 2013 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Are you getting a “USB device not recognized” error whenever you plug in a USB mouse, keyboard, or other USB device?

  4. Gau Mug
    Gau Mug April 7, 2013 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    USB Device Not Recognized, something that many people face while trying to connect smartphones, mobile phones, keyboard, USB sticks

    • Liza
      Liza April 11, 2013 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      my laptop cannot recognize my Western Digital Passport, Element hard disk and my seagate HDD too, what is wrong? But it recongnise my sandisk and kingston memory card on USB3.0

  5. Wikipedia
    Wikipedia April 7, 2013 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    How to Fix Usb Device Not Recognized Error. This article only fixes these errors that happen when the device used to work just fine but suddenly

    • India
      India April 11, 2013 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      USB DEVICE not detected!!!!!

  6. Wendy Sheehan Donnell
    Wendy Sheehan Donnell April 11, 2013 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    fix for usb device not recognized flash drive
    solution usb device not recognized windows 7 malfunction

  7. help me
    help me April 11, 2013 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    my microsoft windows 7 and xp cannot recognise my apple ipad and samsung tab, why? how ?

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