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How to Update USB Drivers on Windows 10 (Automatic and Manual)

753 17/08/2021

What Are USB Driver Issues?

The aim of the Universal Serial Bus (USB) standards was to create a method of common networking for computer devices, including the protocol for exchanging data and instructions between computers and peripheral devices. Sometimes it may not work properly.

If you upgrade your operating system or buy a new

USB device like a printer or mouse or external drive

, you may encounter several types of problems such as:

Your device is not recognized by the computer when plugged into the USB port.

Although the device manager recognizes the device, a yellow warning icon indicates that you cannot use the device in the current state.

Windows has automatically installed a driver, but the device doesn’t seem to be working.

Outdated drivers can cause conflicts with other devices

Infecting or damaging drivers can cause your system to crash unexpectedly

You can solve these issues by updating the USB driver.

How to Update USB Drivers on Windows 10?

The USB driver needs to be updated after some time. Here are some of the methods that will help you update your USB driver.

Using Windows update

Using Device Manager

Update your USB driver manually

You will need an administrator account to follow these suggestions.

1] Windows Update

Windows also update drivers using the Windows update functionality. It looks for drivers to upgrade on both scheduled and

user-initiated Windows updates.

Follow these steps to update your USB driver using Windows Update:

Open

Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update

Right under it, look for a clickable link—

View optional updates

.

Under Driver Updates, a list of updates will be available, which you can choose to install if you are facing an issue manually.

From there, you can choose to update your USB drivers to the latest stable version.

This feature is useful as you can see all the driver updates available for your system here in one place. If you have a specific problem because of an outdated driver; then, you can choose to install it.

2] Device Manager

Microsoft knows that the driver issues are a

menace. Therefore, it provides a tool known as

Device Manager

in Windows systems to resolve the driver problems. You can use it to update USB drivers on Windows 10.

Automatic/Manual Update:

When it fails to find a driver, Device Manager shows a button labeled

Search for updated drivers on Windows Update

, which opens the Settings app to the Windows Update page. To find this button, right-click a device and select

Properties

. On the

Driver tab

, select

Update Driver

and then

Search automatically for drivers.

Windows Update: In this case, you will get another option when you ask Windows to find an update. Click on the link—

Search for updated drivers on Windows Update—

and then select

View optional updates > Driver updates

to install the drivers manually.

3] Update your USB driver Manually

If you want to update your drivers

manually

, there are a few ways.

Right-click the

Start menu >

select

Device Manager

.

Select the

USB device

where you want to update the driver from the

USB devices list

.

Right-click it, then select the

Update Driver

.

Please select the option

Browse my computer for the driver software

for the new driver

A browser window will open, allowing you to select the file from the folder where you saved the downloaded driver.

After you’ve selected the new driver, click

Next

to begin the update.

The driver will be updated with your downloaded file.

Update USB Drivers is easy but can be tricky at times. I hope this post will help you update USB drivers on Windows 10. Windows Update can download the updates rather easily, but at times can result in issues.

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