How to reset your USB ports in Windows 10?

While working on a computer device or a laptop, people seem to be bothered by a lot of issues that hamper their productivity especially when something important pops up, be it an email, or a video call. One of the major technical problems that people often come across is the USB port issue in Windows 10. The USB problems occur on your PC because you connect a variety of devices to your system such as a camera, hard drive, printer, etc. There are many reasons behind USB port corruption and as a result, your USB port may fail to recognize any external device that you attach. It is important to reset the USB port in Windows 10 before it gets completely damaged.

Reset USB ports in Windows 10

Methods to reset USB ports in Windows 10:

Check the condition of the USB ports

Before performing a reset on USB ports, you must try to analyze the possible factors that could have led to the USB port malfunction. Inspect the physical condition of the USB port.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Turn off your system and blow the dust off your USB port. Dirt acts as an obstruction and slows down data transmission via USB devices.
  2. Check the quality of USB extension cables. Make sure the cables attached to your PC are neither too tight nor too loose as it might cause scratches in the USB port.
  3. Improper way of plugging and unplugging the USB device can also cause damage to the USB port. Do it gently.

Use Device Manager to disable and re-enable the USB Controller

  1. On the taskbar, right-click the Windows icon.
  2. Open the ‘Device Manager.’
  3. Locate the ‘Universal Serial Bus controllers’ section and expand it.
  4. Then, there will a list of devices displayed under the ‘USB controllers’section. Right-click one of the controllers.
  5. Click ‘Uninstall.’
  6. Repeat the same steps mentioned above with the other USB controllers on the list.
  7. Reboot your computer system.

After this process, Windows will automatically run a quick scan of your computer and reinstall the uninstalled USB controllers, thus, resetting the USB port in Windows 10.

Reset the USB Port in Windows 10 using ‘troubleshooter’

  1. Right-click the ‘Windows’ icon on the taskbar.
  2. Select the ‘File Explorer.’
  3. Click the ‘Troubleshooter.’
  4. Go to ‘Hardware and Sound.’
  5. Then, navigate to ‘Hardware and Devices.’
  6. Click the ‘Advanced’ option.
  7. Tick the box next to ‘Apply repairs automatically.’
  8. Click ‘Next’ to continue.
  9. Once the program starts looking for the existing issues in the device, click ‘Apply,’ and hit ‘Next.’
  10. Choose ‘Enable’ and close the ‘Troubleshooter.’
  11. Restart the system to bring the changes into immediate effect.

Reset your Registry Editor

  1. To open ‘Registry Editor,’ press ‘Windows key + R,’ input ‘Regedit’ and hit ‘Enter.’
  2. Before moving ahead, here is an optional step to back up your registry.
  3. In case modifying your registry does not go well, you can restore it and get the registry back to its earlier state:
  • Click ‘File’ and choose ‘Export.’
  • Enter the desired file name.
  • Select the ‘Export range’ as ‘All’ and click ‘Save’ to confirm.
  1. In the left pane, go to the path:


  1. In the right pane, double-click the ‘Start’ option.
  2. A new window will appear, where you have to set the ‘Value Data’ as 3.
  3. Click ‘OK’ to save the changes.

Conclusion: In the end, it is understood that you can now reset USB ports in Windows 10 by following the steps given in this article. However, if you still have confusions related to the topic then we suggest you to visit the official website and get guidance for the same.

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