- USB ports are essential in our computers to interact with different peripherals
- Beyond differences between them, all these accessories depend on the connection with the port
- But what happens when the USB inputs are not responding and we have no way to sync them?
USB ports are essential for many of the interactions that we carry out between PCs and peripherals. They generally offer us stable performance, without major inconveniences, even if we connect them daily. Really It is not common to encounter this problem, but just in case, we will show you what you should do if the USB ports do not work on your PC running Windows 10 or Windows 11 operating systems.
The fact is that if none of your USB ports respond to the connection of these external devices, such as printers, keyboards or mice, you may be experiencing both software errors and hardware failures. Since the solution depends on the cause of the problem, it is key to rule out potential explanations.
Solution to USB ports not working in Windows 10/11
Restart your PC
As always, the first thing you need to do is restart your PC to remove temporary system lockups. Try turning your computer off and on again, and better if you disconnect the peripherals in the meantime.
Check the power output
Most current USB ports supply 5V of electricity with a maximum current of 0.5A. Check that your USB ports are working by providing power output. If not, they need a repair.
Run the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter
The Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter helps Windows users fix hardware-related problems, or rather, see how the operating system itself handles it. When you run it, it will try to look for specific issues. If he finds them, he will get rid of each one.
Disable fast startup
Fast Startup or Fast Startup allows you to start your PC a little faster than in a normal startup, since it does not completely shut down when it is paid. The kernel session is not closed and that saves us a bit of time. Basically, Windows goes into a hibernation mode that can fail, so you should disable it. You can do it from Control Panel, Command Prompt, Group Policy Editor, Registry Editor.
Look for hardware changes in Device Manager
Some explain that their USBs were working until some hardware change in Device Manager. You can check it from Device Manager, Action, Check for hardware changes.
Roll back or reinstall USB drivers
A USB controller manages the connection between a USB device and a computer, so if the drivers on your computer are corrupted, the USB ports will stop working properly immediately.
- Open Device Manager
- Expands the Universal Serial Bus controllers branch
- Right click on the USB controller driver and select Properties
- Within this tab click on Back, whenever it is available, and follow the instructions
If this option is not available, right-click on the USB controller driver and select Uninstall. Restart your computer as when it comes back on it will install the driver again automatically.
Uninstall and reinstall the USB root hub
If disabling the USB root hub power management setting doesn’t help, you can uninstall and reinstall the USB root hub driver. Right click on it and hit Uninstall device. Follow the instructions on the screen and once you have uninstalled USB Root Hub, restart your PC.
Update your chipset driver
A chipset driver tells Windows how to communicate with the motherboard and its subsystems. A possible cause of this issue is a corrupted chipset driver, so update it soon.
Uninstall recent Windows update
Bugs/glitches in recent Windows updates are more common than we would like them to be. Whenever you notice that the problem appears after an installation, you should uninstall the latest version of Windows. You have to do it from System Settingsand it shouldn’t take you more than a few seconds.
Restore the system
The System Restore tool will allow you to return it to the state it was in before this issue. Of course, for that to be possible, you have to create a restore point first, or there will be nowhere to go back. Eventually Windows will show you all available restore points and you need to select one.
Perform an update in place
In-place upgrade is the process of installing the Windows operating system on top of the existing Windows operating system without uninstalling it. With an in-place update you can fix system problems. Remember that even if your data is not deleted, it is convenient to make a backup copy when updating.
Have you been able to fix the issue of USB ports not working on your PC?