Fix: USB Ports Don’t Work in Windows 10

Although Windows is a great operating system but there are times when you will experience some problems with this operating system. A lot of the times, especially if you recently upgraded to Windows 10 or installed a Windows 10 update, you will notice that none of your USB ports are working. This can be very inconvenient because it will prevent you from transferring any data with your USB devices.

This problem is mostly related to the drivers or the USB. The reason that this isn’t a hardware problem is mainly because it’s highly unlikely that all of your USB ports malfunctioned at the same time. Since every computer have multiple USB ports, there’s no way that all of them are faulty especially if they were working fine a few days ago. So, the problem is usually related to the drivers or the USB device itself.

This problem can easily be solved by a few checks and updates. So, you don’t have to worry. Just go through the methods given below and your issue will be solved within a few minutes.


Before you dive deep into the methods given below, try the Microsoft’s Fixit Tool. That takes only a few minutes and automatically solves the issue. So, if that works, it will save a lot of your time and effort.

Go here and click on the Find and fix problems with devices and hardware link. Download the tool and run it.

Method 1: Check Power Supply

Checking the power supply for your laptop is a crucial step. A lot of us underestimate and don’t think about the power supply but it can help solve a lot of problems. Your power supply is the thing that provides power to your USB ports. So, making sure that your USB ports are powered is a good way to troubleshoot the problem.

Here are a few steps that you can perform to make sure this isn’t a power issue

  1. Unplug the power supply from your laptop
  2. Restart your laptop
  3. Connect the USB to your laptop
  4. Insert the power supply back to the laptop

Now check if the USB works or not.9

Method 2: Power Management Settings

There are settings in your system that can turn off the USB to save power and for various other reasons. So, it’s important to check those settings as well to make sure it isn’t just a wrong settings issue. You can easily access these settings from the device manager. Follow the steps given below to check your USB device settings

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter

  1. Locate and double click Universal Serial Bus controllers
  2. Locate and double click the USB Root Hub. Double click the FIRST one if you see multiple

  1. Click Power Management tab
  2. Uncheck the box that says Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power (if it isn’t already unchecked)
  3. Click Ok

  1. Repeat steps 4-7 for all the USB Root Hubs you see in the list of device manager (step 3).

Once you are done, reboot the PC, insert the USB and check if it works or not.

Method 3: Unplug Everything and Battery

Unplugging everything that is connected to your USB ports and taking out your battery for a few minutes solves the issue for a lot of users. Here are the steps that needs to be performed for this.

  1. Unplug all the devices connected to your computer
  2. Turn off your laptop/computer
  3. Take out the battery of your laptop. Keep your desktop turned off if you aren’t using a laptop.
  4. Wait at least 3 minutes
  5. Plug the battery back in and turn on the system. For desktop, simply turn on the system

Insert all the USB devices that you want to connect and check if they work.

Method 4: Turn off Fast Boot

For a lot of users, the problem gets solved after turning off the fast boot option on your Windows. This is mainly because the fast boot, well, boots your system very fast which doesn’t give your devices enough time to install properly.

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type powercfg.cpl and press enter

  1. Select Choose what the power buttons do

  1. Select Change settings that are currently unavailable

  1. Uncheck the box that says Turn on fast startup (recommended). It can be found in the Shutdown settings section
  2. Click Save Settings

Reboot your PC to see if the problem is solved or not.

Method 5: Troubleshoot

Using the Windows own troubleshooting system is a great way to handle the error. It will detect and automatically solve the issue without you having to do anything.

Follow the steps given below to troubleshoot the hardware

  1. Insert your device
  2. Hold Windows key and press R
  3. Type control.exe /name Microsoft.Troubleshooting and press Enter

  1. Select Configure a device. It should be under the Hardware and Sound section

  1. Click Advanced and check the option Apply repairs automatically

  1. Click Next

Follow any additional on-screen instructions. Now the Windows will try to find any problems and fix them automatically. If Windows does find some problems then it is a good sign since the Windows will solve the issue that was causing this error. Once done, check if the problem is solved or not.

Method 6: Deleting USB Entries

Deleting the faulty USB entries is also a good way of solving this problem. Once you delete the faulty or all USB entries, Windows will try to recognize the devices again which might solve the issue.

Follow the steps for deleting USB Entries

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter

  1. Locate and double click Universal Serial Bus controllers
  2. Locate any USB devices that have a yellow warning sign beside them. Right click the devices with the warning sign and click Uninstall. Follow any additional on-screen instructions.

  1. Now, locate your USB entries. If you find your USB entry then right click and select Uninstall. Follow any additional on-screen instructions.

Reboot your computer and check if the problem persists or not.


Kevin Arrows

Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.
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