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Win 8.1 Won't Recognize USB Devices Without Reboot

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1

    Win 8.1 Won't Recognize USB Devices Without Reboot


    Hi all, new user here

    To the Admins/Mods: Thanks for running such a great forum!

    To get to the point...

    Like the post title says, my HP all-in-one computer (Win 8.1) won't recognize any USB devices unless I have them plugged in during boot-up. This can be quite frustrating when I just need to save/load a file from/to a flash drive, or use my USB headset, etc. I ran a search here on the forum for this problem, but didn't see any matches.

    Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
    Phil

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  2. #2


    Hmm first time I've see this problem. have you uninstalled the USB drivers from Device Manager. Then reboot and the drivers will reinstall. Uninstall the USB 3.0 driver first then the standard USB drivers.
    Computer Management/Device Manager/Universal Serial Bus Controllers/Right Click/Uninstall
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Interesting. Clintlgm, I was going to try your suggestion and right clicked "Generic USB Hub" and clicked "Scan for hardware changes" and it's now recognizing my device (headset). While this works (and makes me very happy ), it is still just a workaround, and not a solution. Do you still suggest I uninstall the USB drivers and reinstall?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Win 8.1 Won't Recognize USB Devices Without Reboot
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