This post will show you how to fix, if USB device not recognized and you can't access its data in your Windows 10/8.1/8/7 running system.

Modern day computing seems incomplete without Universal Serial Bus (USB) devices. These devices are fast, handy and provides better storage facilities. Along with this, they can be used for instant transfer of data from one device to another.

However, if you’ve plugged in some USB device to your Windows and in case if the system doesn’t recognizes it, this article may interest you. Following is the message you will receive in this case:

USB device not recognized

The last USB device you connected to this computer malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognize it.

FIX USB Device Not Recognized In Windows 10

We recently came around this problem with one of our USB device. Users facing this issue can try below mentioned suggestions and see if they helps.

FIX: USB Device Not Recognized In Windows 10/8/7

FIX 1 – General Suggestions

1. Try to plug the USB device to different port. It might be possible if the port it is currently plugged in is not a supported port for the device. See this fix, if USB ports are not working.

2. Open Device Manager (run devmgmt.msc command), right click USB device and select Uninstall. Plug out USB device and re-plug it after few minutes. The USB driver will be reinstall and this may solve the issue.

3. There might be conflict between USB controllers. So if issue persists, uninstall all the USB controllers as mentioned in step 2 and restart your system. This will automatically reinstall those USB controllers.

4. Make sure you system has latest Windows Updates installed.

5. Also ensure you’ve updated your system BIOS firmware to latest version.

6. Run Windows USB troubleshooter.

FIX 2 – Disable USB Selective Suspend

1. Right click battery or power icon on taskbar and select Power options. If battery icon is missing, refer this fix first.

FIX USB Device Not Recognized In Windows 10

2. In the Power Options window, click on Change plan settings for the currently selected plan.

FIX USB Device Not Recognized In Windows 10

3. Next, in Edit Plan Settings, click on Change advanced power settings link.

FIX USB Device Not Recognized In Windows 10

4. Finally, under Power Options window, click USB settings > USB selective suspend setting > On battery > select Disabled. Similarly, for Plugged in, select Disabled. Click Apply, followed by OK.

FIX USB Device Not Recognized In Windows 10

We hope after trying above mentioned fixes, the issue will be longer appearing.

Feel free to drop a comment, if you still face this issue!

Related: FIX: Unknown USB Device (Device Descriptor Request Failed) In Windows 10.


  • Thanks kapil running troubleshooter fixed my issue.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad to help!

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