Resolving Windows® XP Flash Drive Not Recognized error
How to resolve the Windows® XP error regarding flash drive?
When you attach USB-flash drive to a computer running on Windows® XP, you might experience the problem that displays “Flash drive not recognized on Windows® XP system”. The computer does not recognize the device and you will not see the device in the My Computer folder. This problem can occur if there are corrupted or incorrect keys in the registry. This problem occurs due to various reasons. Changes in the system registry, outdated device drivers, wrong connectors, or compatibility issues with the drivers and operating system, driver conflicts, hardware or device malfunction are some of the main reasons for this error. Windows® XP system might not recognize the flash drive and you could not use any of the USB devices such as mouse, web cam, pen drive, etc. you need to fix this error and make the device functional for smooth working of the devices that are attached to the system.
Here are some tips to solve the issue:
- Uninstalling the drivers and reinstall the latest version
- Edit system registry
- Power supply
Uninstalling the drivers and reinstall latest version
The flash drive might not be recognized by the system due to outdated device drivers. So uninstall the device drivers and reinstall latest version of it might help you to fix the error. You can also try uninstalling the USB Root Hub devices in the Device Manager. When you reboot Windows®, they will automatically be reinstalled. Sometimes doing this can fix the error.
Edit system registry
Sometimes a registry problem can also cause problems with USB device detection. You need to modify the system registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. So edit registry very carefully to fix the issue. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it.
Inadequate power supply might cause this USB not recognition device issue. All you need to do is to shutdown the computer and unplug the computer power supply from the socket. Wait for minutes, then plug it into the socket and start the computer again. Sometimes to solve this issue motherboard needs to be reloaded. The small microprocessor on the motherboard will reload the drivers and your USB ports should be back to recognizing all devices.