[Tried & True] How to Download and Update USB Drivers in Windows 10

Brithny updated on Jan 11, 2024 | Home >Computer Instruction

You'll always need USB drivers when using digital cameras, external hard drives, mouse, keyboards, webcams, printers, and scanners. These devices are connected to your PC via USB connections. Your computer will ask you to install the corresponding USB drivers on Windows 10 so that the devices can run smoothly.

In this post, you can download and install the appropriate USB drivers for USB flash drives, external devices, keyboards, monitors, printers, scanners, etc. Also, you can learn how to update USB drivers in Windows 10 to make the devices work well.

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Part 1. How to Download/Install USB Drivers in Windows 10

Usually, you don't need an additional driver, if you are using a USB flash drive. The flash drives are plug-n-play devices. Therefore, an additional driver is not required. But if you use a scanner or a printer, you must download USB drivers.

The easiest way to download the proper USB driver is to check your manufacturer's website. For example, I have bought a new HP printer. So I go to HP's official site and download the USB driver for my product.

Step 1. Enter your product name and click "Submit".

download usb driver from manufacturer's site

Step 2. Download and install the USB driver.

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Then, you can follow the on-screen instructions to finish the USB driver installation in Windows 10.

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Part 2. How to Update USB Divers in Windows 10

There are many ways to update the USB drivers, upgrading Windows 10 to update the drivers, using a driver updater, or using Device Manager. The easiest way to update to the newest USB driver is using Device Manager. You don't need to install additional software or upgrade your Windows system. The process is easy and fast.

Step 1. Press Windows + X and select "Device Manager" to open Windows Device Manager.

Step 2. Expand the "Universal Serial Bus controllers" category.

Step 3. Right-click your USB device and select "Update driver".

Step 4. Click Search automatically for updated driver software. Windows will automatically search and download the latest USB driver on your Windows 10 computer.

how to update USB driver in Windows 10

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

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Part 3. How to Reinstall USB Drivers in Windows 10

If you cannot update your driver, you can uninstall your driver and reinstall it.

Step 1. In the search box on the taskbar, enter device manager, then select "Device Manager".

Step 2. Right-click (or press and hold) the name of the device, and select "Uninstall".

how to reinstall USB driver in Windows 10

Step 3. Restart your PC. Windows will attempt to reinstall the driver.

Part 4. How to Recover Data from USB Devices After Update Driver

To recover deleted or lost files from USB devices or external devices, we recommend EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free. This USB data recovery software restores data after sudden deletion, formatting, hard drive corruption, virus attack, etc.

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Download and install this data recovery software. Follow the steps below to recover USB drive data.

Note: To guarantee a high data recovery chance, install EaseUS data recovery software on another disk instead of the original disk where you lost files. 

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7 computer. Select the disk partition or storage location where you lost data and click "Scan".

select the disk on Windows  to scan

Step 2. This recovery software will start scanning the disk to find all lost and deleted files. When the scan process completes, click "Filter" > "Type" to specify lost file types.

choose the recovered data type

Step 3. Preview and restore lost Windows files. You can double-click to preview the scanned files. Then, select the target data and click the "Recover" button to save them to another safe spot in the PC or an external storage device.

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The most likely problem with the USB drives in Windows 10 is that they are not detecting, not working, or not recognized. This article explains how to install, update, and reinstall USB drivers to fix your problems. By the way, if you lose data after updating or reinstalling drivers, run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. It can recover lost files in Windows easily.

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