How to Update USB Drivers on Windows 11. Easily!

Outdated or missing USB drivers can cause USB ports not working or your USB devices not recognized. In that case, you may want to update the USB drivers to fix the problem. For whatever reason, if you need to update your USB drivers manually, you can read on to learn how to download and update the USB drivers.

There are three available ways below to download and update the USB drivers. All three ways not only work for Windows 11, but also Windows 10. You can select one of the three ways below according to your needs:

Way 1: Update USB drivers via Device Manager
Way 2: Update USB drivers from device manufacturer’s website
Way 3: Update USB drivers using Driver Easy

Way 1: Update USB drivers via Device Manager

You can update the USB driver via Device Manager. Here’s how:

1) On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the R key) at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type “devmgmt.msc” into the Run box and press Enter.

3) Expand the category “Universal Serial Bus controllers”. Right-click on your USB device entry and then select Update driver.

Generally, you’ll see multiple entries under the category “Universal Serial Bus controllers”. For modern computers, the built-in USB port is either USB port 3.0 or USB port 3.1. Assuming you’re using a modern computer, to locate your USB device entry, find the entry labelled “xHCI” or “Extensible Host Controller”.

If you don’t see your USB device entry under “Universal Serial Bus Controllers”, the USB driver probably is missing. In this case, it’s recommended you use Way 2 or Way 3 to download and update the driver.

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4) Select Search automatically for drivers. Then Windows will search for a new driver and then install it automatically.

In some rare cases, Windows might fail to find a new driver. If you’re unable to update the USB driver in Device Manager, Microsoft says:

“If Windows doesn’t find a new driver, you can try looking for one on the device manufacturer’s website and follow their instructions.”

If Way 1 doesn’t work for you, you can use Way 2 or Way 3.

Way 2: Update USB drivers from device manufacturer’s website

You can download and update the USB driver from the PC manufacturer’s website. If you’re using a built computer, download the driver from the motherboard manufacturer’s website. Regarding how to do that, following steps are for your reference:

1) Verify what your PC/motherboard model is.

2) Head to the manufacturer’s website and go to the Support/Download page where drivers are available to download.

3) Search for your PC model (on the motherboard manufacturer’s website, search for your motherboard model).

4) Download the latest USB driver for Windows 11/10.

Tip: If you don’t see any USB driver available for you to download, download the latest chipset driver. The chipset driver should include the USB driver.

5) Once download is done, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

If you want to update the USB driver easily and successfully, it’s recommended you use Driver Easy. See Way 3.

Way 3: Update USB drivers using Driver Easy

To update USB drivers easily and quickly, you can use Driver Easy. Driver Easy is a third-party driver update utility created by Easeware. It can scan your computer to detect any outdated and missing drivers, then provide you with new drivers. To download and update a newer version driver, you just need a few clicks.

Here’s how to use Driver Easy to download and update the USB driver:

1) Download and install Driver Easy on your computer.

2) Launch the application and click on Scan Now to detect any problem drivers on your computer. The process can take a few seconds. Once done, you’ll see a list of new drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to the USB driver, then the driver will be downloaded automatically. Once download is done, you can install the driver with the step-by-step guide from Driver Easy.

Note: Driver Easy Free is partly free. Some features are not available in the Free version, for example, the automatic driver install feature. After the driver download is finished, if you want the driver to install automatically, you’ll need to upgrade to the Pro version.

Hopefully you can update the USB driver successfully with the above steps. If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment below. I’ll get back to you ASAP.

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