Windows® XP USB Drivers
Do you need drivers for connecting USB devices with the Windows® XP system?
The Universal Serial Bus (USB) is a new way of attaching devices to personal computers. The bus features two-way communication and has been developed as a response to devices becoming smarter and requiring more interaction with the host. USB support is included in all current PC chipsets. The USB standard provides an interface to a variety of storage devices. USB devices are those devices which are connected to the system through USB ports. There are different types of USB devices. Examples are: external magnetic hard drives, external optical drives, including CD and DVD reader and writer drives, portable flash memory devices, adapters bridging between standard flash memory cards and a USB connection, digital cameras, various digital audio players & portable media players and Card readers. You cannot connect a USB device without a device driver. System cannot recognize the external device without device driver. The device driver is the translator between the device and system. So you need to install device driver for connecting USB devices with Windows® XP system.
Issues that can occur with connecting USB devices with Windows® XP system and tips to resolve it:
- System might not detect the USB devices
- Compatibility issues with the system
- USB error code 10 and other problems after Windows® XP upgrade
System might not detect the USB devices
When Windows® XP will not recognize any USB device, regardless of which port it is connected to, there is likely a BIOS or Windows® configuration problem. So make sure that your system BIOS is up to date. A problem with Windows® XP’s USB Controller configuration can also prevent USB devices from working. So check whether USB configuration is working properly.
Compatibility issues with the system
Make sure that USB hardware drivers are up to date. The drivers are the hardware-specific interface between Windows® and the USB ports. Drivers should be compatible with the operating system. Otherwise it might lead to incompatibility with other system devices and operating system. Always update your device drivers with the latest versions of software as new devices might conflict with the old ones.
When you plug a USB device to a system sometimes it might not work showing error code 10. You can resolve the problem by remove and reinstall all USB controllers in Windows® XP. A problem might arise after upgrading a computer from Windows® 98, or 2000 to XP. If you encounter a problem after upgrading, you'll first want to determine whether the device is compatible with XP®. You should also download and install the latest device drivers.