Windows® 7 USB problems
Problems that can occur while installing USB drivers on a Windows 7 system and how to fix the issues
In most cases, drivers come with the Windows 7 operating system or can be found by going to Windows Update in 'Control Panel' and checking for updates. If Windows does not have the driver you need, you can find it on the disc that came with the hardware or device you want to use, or on the website of the manufacturer. The first time you connect a device that plugs into a USB port, Windows will automatically install a driver for that device. After a driver is installed, you can disconnect and reconnect the device without performing any additional steps. Before you start installing a device, check the instructions included with the device to decide whether a driver should be installed before you connect the device. Usually, Windows 7 detects a new device after you connect it, and then installs the driver automatically. However, some devices require you to install the driver before plugging in the device.
The problems faced while installing USB drivers on a Windows 7 system and tips to fix such problems are given below:
- Issues with USB drivers
- Install using compatibility mode
- Install using device manager
Issues with USB drivers
Sometimes when you are try to install your USB drivers on the PC, it might display a message that the Windows 7 driver cannot be installed. You might still face the problem even if you try different ports in your system. Sometimes your device used to work earlier but not now. Then you need to update the existing driver. If you have a USB device that Windows cannot recognize and that did not come with a disc containing a driver then in that case, you can try to find a driver for the device yourself by checking the website of the device manufacturer. You can also restore your driver to a previous version when your PC used to work properly.
Install using compatibility mode
You can solve any problem regarding the USB driver installation in your PC by installing it using compatibility mode. To install a driver using Compatibility Mode, first right click on the Setup Application Stub (usually titled as Setup.exe or any program you are opening to install the driver) and click on 'Properties.' Then click on the 'Compatibility' tab, and enable Compatibility Mode. Then select Windows Vista RTM from the drop down list and finally click on 'OK' and try again to install the driver.
If the above solution does not work for your PC, use a utility such as WinRAR to extract the files contained within the self-compressed EXE package to a folder, and then use the Device Manager. To select Device Manager to install the drivers, first click on 'Start' then right click on 'Computer' and click on 'Manage.' In Device Manager, simply right click on the device that you need to install a driver for and click on 'Update driver software' and follow the wizard’s instructions, ensuring that you point it to the location of the files you extracted.