USB Ports Not Working on Laptop or PC – Windows 10 – Quick Fix!

In this video, Josh walks you through the process of fixing USB ports that aren’t working on your Windows 10 laptop or desktop. He explains that USB issues are more common on laptops due to power management, but these fixes should work for any Windows 10 machine. Josh provides step-by-step instructions on how to update Windows 10, disable USB power management, disable USB selective suspend mode, uninstall and reinstall USB devices, and enable or disable fast startup.

By following these solutions, you can quickly fix your USB ports and get your devices working again. If you’re still having issues, Josh encourages you to leave a comment and he’ll personally respond to help you out. Don’t forget to drop a like on the video to let others in the community know which fix worked for you.

Update Windows 10

To start off, it’s important to make sure that your Windows 10 is fully updated and that you’ve restarted your computer. This may seem like a simple solution, but it can actually fix a lot of issues, including USB port problems. Windows 10 updates can sometimes break your system, but they can also fix it, so it’s important to keep your system up to date.

To update your Windows 10, you can simply hit your search bar and type “Windows update”. Once you’ve loaded in, make sure that your Windows machine is up to date. If you find yourself constantly dealing with Windows updates on your laptop, you might want to check out this video that explains why it’s a pain in the butt on laptops specifically.

Updating your Windows 10 and restarting your computer may have solved your USB port problem right there. However, if it doesn’t, let’s move on to the next solution.


Updating your Windows 10 is a simple yet important step in fixing USB port problems. It’s always a good idea to keep your system up to date to ensure that it’s running smoothly. If updating your Windows 10 and restarting your computer doesn’t fix your USB port problem, don’t worry – there are still other solutions to try.

Disable USB Power Management

If you’re experiencing issues with your USB ports not working, it could be related to power management settings on your laptop. By default, laptops are configured to save power whenever possible, which can sometimes cause USB ports to deactivate. To fix this issue, we can disable USB power management.

First, open the Device Manager by searching for it in the search bar. Scroll down to the Universal Serial Bus Controllers section and open it up. Look for the Root Hubs, which may be called USB Root Hubs with USB 3.0 in parentheses or Generic Root Hubs. Right-click on each Root Hub and select Properties. Then, go to the Power Management tab and uncheck the box that says “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.” Repeat this process for all Root Hubs listed.

Once you’ve disabled USB power management, check to see if your USB device is now working. If not, move on to the next solution.

Disable USB Selective Suspend Mode

If your USB ports are still not working after updating your Windows 10 machine and disabling the power management feature for USB root hubs, you may need to disable the USB selective suspend mode. This mode is another power-saving feature in Windows 10 that can cause USB devices to stop working.

To disable the USB selective suspend mode, go to your power and sleep settings and click on “Additional power settings.” From there, select “Change plan settings” under your current power plan and then click on “Change advanced power settings.” Scroll down to “USB settings” and expand the menu. Look for “USB selective suspend setting” and disable it for both when your laptop is plugged in and when it’s on battery.

Once you’ve disabled the USB selective suspend mode, restart your computer and check if your USB devices are now working. If not, move on to the next solution.

It’s important to note that disabling the USB selective suspend mode may slightly reduce your laptop’s battery life, but it should not have a significant impact. If you’re still experiencing USB issues after trying all of the solutions, consider seeking professional help or contacting the manufacturer of your laptop.

Uninstall and Reinstall USB Devices

If the previous fixes did not work, you may need to uninstall and reinstall your USB devices. This process will refresh the drivers and may resolve any issues with your USB ports.

To uninstall your USB devices, you will need to access the Device Manager. You can do this by typing “device manager” into the search bar and selecting the appropriate option.

Once in the Device Manager, locate the Universal Serial Bus controllers and expand the menu. Right-click on the USB root hub and select “Uninstall device.” Repeat this process for all USB root hubs listed.

After uninstalling the devices, click on the “Action” tab at the top of the Device Manager window and select “Scan for hardware changes.” This will prompt your computer to search for and reinstall the USB devices with fresh drivers.

Once the devices have been reinstalled, test your USB ports to see if they are working properly.

If this fix worked for you, consider leaving a comment in the video and liking it to help others in the community.

Enable or Disable Fast Startup

To enable or disable Fast Startup on your Windows 10 machine, you need to access the Power Options menu. First, open the Start menu, type “Power and Sleep Settings,” and click on the corresponding option. Next, click on “Additional Power Settings,” then select “Choose what the power button does.”

From here, you’ll see a link that says “Change settings that are currently unavailable.” Click on this link, and you’ll be prompted to enter your administrative password. Once you’ve done that, you’ll see a list of options that you can enable or disable.

To turn off Fast Startup, uncheck the box next to “Turn on fast startup (recommended).” If you want to turn it back on, simply check the box again. Once you’ve made your selection, click “Save changes” to apply them.

It’s worth noting that Fast Startup can sometimes cause issues with USB ports, so if you’re experiencing problems with your USB devices, it’s worth trying both enabling and disabling this feature to see if it makes a difference.

Key Takeaways

  • Updating Windows 10 and restarting your computer can sometimes fix USB issues
  • Disabling USB power management and USB selective suspend mode can help keep your USB ports active
  • Uninstalling and reinstalling USB devices, as well as enabling or disabling fast startup, can also solve USB problems.