5 Best Solutions to Reset USB Ports That aren't Working

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Hi, for almost a week now, my computer no longer sees devices connected on the USB port. I have attached my phone, camera, drives, etc., but nothing seems to work. Is it a virus? How do I reset the USB of my computer? I can use the other ports, but I need all to work. Thanks.

Today, we will talk about an issue most people have experienced on their computer USB ports, where it suddenly stops recognizing plugged-in devices. The tricky thing about reset USB is that a variety of factors could potentially lead to your USB drive not working, and it can be solved by methods ranging from simply blowing out or removing obstructions from the port or having to reset it completely. Here is everything you need to know about this situation and several proven methods of performing a reset on USB ports.

How to Reset USB Ports That aren’t Working

1Physically Inspect the USB Ports

Before doing anything technical, you should first confirm that nothing is blocking the USB port. Most times, debris can obstruct the contact between the connector and port. So, your first step here is to shut down the computer and remove any obstruction with a thin object like a toothpick or blow it out.

USB ports may also not work if there is a partial connection in the port. If there is no obstruction, you can put on your computer, connect the USB, and wiggle the connection gently.

2Restart Your Computer

On electronics, sometimes a restart fixes minor issues, and this is also true for USB not working. After inspecting the ports, if your computer still does not see your connected USB device, restart the system and hopefully, the PC fixes itself. If it doesn’t, continue to the next method.

3Check Your Power Management Settings

You might not be aware of this, but Windows disables some unused USB controllers automatically to conserve power. However, you know, no matter how smart the computer is, it’s still basically a machine and is prone to errors and miscalculations. Sometimes, these disabled controllers do not come back on when in use, and this could lead to USB not working. If restarting your computer does not work, follow the steps below to prevent Windows from deactivating USB controllers at all:

Step 1: Launch “Device Manager”.

Step 2: Click the dropdown on “Universal Serial Bus controllers” to expand the branch.

expand universal serial bus controllers

Step 3: Double-click on the first device in the list and click “Power Management”.

power management

Step 4: Make sure the “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power” check box is left unmarked. Click “OK”.

allow the computer to turn off this device

Step 5: Repeat step three and four on every USB Root Hub device in the list.

4Reset USB Ports through Disabling and Re-enabling the USB Controller

Thanks to some errors, the USB port controller driver may have been corrupted or missing. If the previous solution does not work, try re-enabling your USB controller from Device Manager. I’ll show you how.

Step 1: Press the Windows key + R, and the Run box will open.

Step 2: Enter “devmgmt.msc” and hit Enter to open “Device Manager”.

Step 3: On the list, locate “Universal Serial Bus Controller”.

Step 4: Click on the little dropdown next to the option to reveal all the controllers.

Step 5: Right-click on a USB controller on the list and click “uninstall”. Repeat this for all the USB controllers on the list.

Step 6: Reboot your computer.

Step 7: If the driver had a problem, Windows would reinstall it on booting your computer, and your USB will work fine.

5Reset USB Ports with Windows Troubleshooter

Step 1: Open “File Explorer” and enter 'troubleshoot'. Click “Troubleshooting”.

Step 2: Navigate to “Hardware and Sound > Hardware and Devices. Next, click “Advanced” and tick “Apply repairs automatically”. Hit “Next”.

Step 3: The program now starts to find and resolve existing issues in your drive. Click “Apply” and then hit “Next” to continue.

Step 4: Next, select “Enable” and close the “Troubleshooter”.

Step 5: Restart your computer to effect the changes.

How to Recover Data from USB Device after Reset USB Ports That aren’t Working

After repairing the USB ports that aren’t working on your computer, you can try to plug USB device to your computer to transfer data. If the storage device are still inaccessible, it might be corrupted. And you’ll need a special tool to restore data. iMyFone AnyRecover is such a robust software that takes care of your recovery needs.


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Steps to Recover Data from USB Device:

Step 1. Run the program. Connect the USB device to your PC. AnyRecover works well with USB sticks, camcorders, memory cards, music players, digital cameras, etc. Then select the specific drive you want to reset USB from.

select location external device

Step 2. After selecting the location, hit “Start” button to start scanning.

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Step 3. After the scanning, you will be shown all the files that can be recovered. Preview them by either using the File View or Tree View. When set, hit “Recover” and choose where you want to save the files.

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Congratulations, you now know 5 easy methods you can use to reset USB. Attempt them in the order they appear here on this article, they should resolve your problem. If not, you can turn to the highly recommended tool -  AnyRecover to restore data from your corrupted USB device.

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By  Alva Doris , to External Device Recovery

Posted on Jul 23, 2019  ( Updated: Jul 27, 2020 )

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