Updated | USB Device Not Recognized Keeps Popping Up in Windows 10/8/7

Jean updated on Jan 26, 2021 to Computer Instruction | How-to Articles


Situation - USB Device Not Recognized Keeps Popping Up

"I keep receiving the 'USB device not recognized' notification on my HP laptop currently running Windows 10 whether there is a real USB connected or nothing plugged there. Besides, with 'USB device not recognized' keeps popping up, my USB flash is not working properly as it could. Can anyone tell me how to turn it off or totally stop the error from happening again?"

USB device not recognized - notification

"USB device not recognized" is a common hardware device error that many users may come across. This notification may keep popping up no matter there is a USB plugged in or not. When it happens, you cannot use your device as normal and it could be quite annoying especially when there is nothing plugged in. To eliminate the trouble, we will present you all the possible fixes. But before you try the solutions, in order to fix "USB device not recognized keeps popping up" without losing data, you should make a backup of your USB device.

Preparation - Back Up Your USB Before Fixing the USB Device Not Recognized Error

Don't skip this important step to take a full backup of your USB flash drive which carries documents, music, videos or other critical data, for some advanced troubleshooting may wipe your USB data and make it unrecoverable. If you are using a USB flash drive, you can make a backup simply by copy-and-paste. However, if you are using a USB hard drive that has a large capacity, to back up your USB files safely and quickly, we recommend you try the data backup software - EaseUS Todo Backup. With it, you can back up your important files with simple clicks on other storage devices or cloud storage. Follow to keep your data safe.

Note: Make sure that the new USB flash drive is empty and big enough for saving the backup image of your present USB files and data.

Step 1. Connect the new USB flash drive to your PC/laptop.

Step 2. Launch and EaseUS Todo Backup on your PC and click "Disk/Partition" on the home screen. Or, click the menu icon at the left top corner, and choose Disk/Partition Backup

Select Disk/Partition backup mode to start backing up your disk

Step 3. Choose the USB that you want to back up as the source disk, and select the new USB flash drive as the destination disk to save the backup image of the selected USB data.

Choose the source and destination disk to backup computer to USB flash drive

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to start backing up USB to USB now. When the process finishes, you can unplug or disconnect the USB flash drive. And all the data on the old USB flash drive will appear on your new USB flash drive, displaying as a compressed form by taking small space.

Fixes to USB Device Not Recognized Keeps Popping Up 

According to the users who have successfully solved the error, here are the most effective solutions.

Method 1. Troubleshoot Your USB Device

A problematic USB is the main cause of "USB device not recognized keeps popping up", the easiest way to check your USB error is to run the Windows built-in troubleshooter.

Step 1. Press the "Windows" key and type troubleshoot.

Step 2. Click "Troubleshoot".

Step 3. In the Settings window, scroll down to choose "Hardware and Devices".

Then the troubleshooter will run to detect and fix your USB device. After that, go to see whether the "USB device not recognized" notification still keeps popping up.

Troubleshoot hardware and devices

Method 2. Reinstall Your USB Device Driver

Something wrong with the USB drive can not only cause the "USB device not recognized" error but also lead to error "Code 43" in Windows 10. To Stop the repeatedly popping up notification, you can try:

Solution 1. Update the Device Driver

Try to install the latest drivers for your USB drive. It's very likely that installing the latest drivers for the device will remove code 43 error.

Step 1. Go to "Search", type device manager, and choose "Device Manager" from the result. Then it opens with your computer name at the top and a list of devices that are installed on your computer beneath your computer name.

Step 2. Find and right-click the problematic device and choose "Properties".

Step 3. Click "Driver" and then choose "Update Driver".

Step 4. Click "Search automatically for updated driver software".

USB device not recognized keeps popping up - update driver

Solution 2. Roll Back the USB Driver

If you have updated the device driver before the error code 43 occur, rolling back the device driver could be one of the choices to fix the issue.

Step 1. Open "Device Manager".

Step 2. Right-click your device driver and choose "Properties".

Step 3. Go to "Driver" > "Roll Back Driver".

USB device not recognized keeps popping up - Roll Back Driver

Solution 3. Uninstall and Reinstall the Device Driver

Some users have also reported the effectiveness of reinstalling the device driver to fix error code 43 in Windows 10. Try to uninstall and then reinstall your USB driver:

Step 1. Search and open "Device Manager". 

Step 2. Locate the malfunctioning device in the list of devices, right-click the device, and then click Uninstall. When a warning message appears that you are uninstalling a device from your system, click "OK". Device manager uninstalls the device.

Step 3. Right-click your computer name in Device Manager and click "Scan for hardware changes". Device manager scans your system and automatically reinstalls your device.

Step 4. Right-click the device and click "Properties". On the General tab of the device Properties dialog box, in Device status, you should see the message "This device is working properly".

USB device not recognized keeps popping up - Reinstall Device Driver

Method 3. Disable Notification

If your USB works properly or "USB device not recognized" keeps popping up with no USB plugged in, this is the most useful tip to prevent the notification from showing up.

Step 1. Open "Settings" and choose "Devcies".

Step 2. Click "USB" from the left panel.

Step 3. Uncheck the option "Notify me if there are issues connecting to USB devices".

Fix usb device not recognized keeps popping up - disable notification

"USB device not recognized" still keeps popping up in Windows 10? Although the methods above can solve the problem for most of the users. There are a small number of users reporting that the error remains after trying these fixes. As you may know, the causes of the "USB device not recognized" error vary. After doing some searching on Google and careful analysis, we find that, in rare cases, the endless popping up error may occur due to the following factors. Read on to see what's going on with your own device and follow the corresponding to try to prevent "USB device not recognized" from popping up.

  Cause Solution
1 External connection of mouse, keyboard or other peripherals that are malfunctioning Remove all peripherals including a mouse, keyboard, card reader, display screen from your PC
2 Malware or virus attack, which can be unknowingly brought by downloading insecure apps or files, outside devices infected with the virus were connected to your computer Run antivirus software to scan and remove the virus. Or, you can use cmd to remove virus from any drive in Windows
3 System bug or system error that detects a device by wrong Perform system restore*

How to Perform System Restore

In the same way in backing up the USB drive, remember use EaseUS Todo Backup to back up your computer before performing the system restore.
  • Click "Start" > "All Programs" > "Accessories" > "System Tools" > "System Restore".
  • Click "Continue" or provide Administrator credentials if necessary.
  • Click "Choose a different restore point", and then click "Next".
  • Select a "Date and Time" prior to the first sign of the issue you've described.
  • If the date you need is in excess of (5) days click the Show restore points older than 5 days check box.

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