How to Install USB 3.0 Drivers on Windows 11

And where to get Win 11 USB 3 drivers

What to Know

  • Open Device Manager and expand Universal Serial Bus controllers.
  • Right-click USB Root Hub (USB 3.0), then select Uninstall device.
  • Select Action in Device Manager and tap Scan for hardware changes.

Windows 11 typically installs USB 3.0 drivers by default. If USB 3.0 devices aren't working, however, the USB 3.0 drivers may be missing or corrupt. A fresh install could fix the problem. Here's how to install USB 3.0 drivers on Windows 11.

How to Install USB 3.0 Drivers on Windows 11

Follow these steps to install USB 3.0 drivers on Windows 11.

  1. Open the Windows Start menu and perform a Windows Search for Device Manager. Device Manager should appear as the first result. Select it.

    Windows Start menu device manager highlighted in search and results.
  2. Expand the Universal Serial Bus controllers category in Device Manager.

    Device Manager with the Universal Serial Bus controllers category expanded and highlighted.
  3. If it is visible, right-click USB Root Hub (USB 3.0) and then click Uninstall device. If it's not visible, proceed to the next step.

    Some PCs will display multiples USB 3.0 hubs. Uninstall every entry shown before proceeding.

    Device Manager with the right-click menu of a USB Root Hub open and Uninstall device highlighted

    Uninstalling the USB Root Hub (USB 3.0) will cause all currently connected USB 3.0 devices to stop working.

  4. Open the Action menu in Device Manager and select Scan for hardware changes. Windows 11 will automatically search for devices, including the USB Root Hub (USB 3.0) and install drivers.

    If successful, the USB Root Hub (USB 3.0) will reappear in Device Manager. Reboot your PC if it does not appear.

    Device Manager with the Action menu open and Scan for hardware changes highlighted.

How to Install USB 3.0 Drivers With Windows Update

The steps above will install USB 3.0 drivers on Windows 11 but won't update them. That could be a problem if your USB 3.0 driver is faulty. While you can update drivers through Device Manager, Windows Update is the better choice.

  1. Open the Windows Start menu and select the Settings app.

    Windows 11 start menu with Settings highlighted
  2. Select Windows Update from the left-hand menu.

    Windows 11 settings app with Windows Update in the left hand menu highlighted
  3. Tap Advanced options.

    Windows Update in Windows 11 with Advanced Options highlighted
  4. Select Optional updates.

    Windows Update with Optional Updates highlighted
  5. Expand Driver updates and select the drivers shown. Then tap Download & Install. Download and installation may take some time, but you can continue to use your PC while this happens in the background.

    A screenshot of Windows Update with optional updates visible and Download and Install highlighted

How to Manually Install USB 3.0 Drivers on Windows 11

The steps in this guide will install USB 3.0 drivers on most PCs, but you may face issues if Windows 11 doesn't recognize the make and model of your PC. You'll need to track the drivers down and manually install them.

Your PC manufacturer's support website will often provide these drivers. Support sites differ between manufacturers, so we can't provide step-by-step instructions. However, you'll generally need your PC's model number or serial number to search for your PC. This can be found on a label printed on your desktop or laptop.

If drivers aren't available through your PC manufacturer, or the PC is a custom build, you can try downloading drivers directly from the manufacturer of your PC's motherboard. Download a Windows system information tool and launch it. Note the brand and model number of the motherboard manufacturer, head to the manufacturer's support site, and search for the motherboard model number. This may lead you to USB drivers you can download and install.

  • How do I update USB drivers in Windows 10?

    To update your USB drivers in Windows 10, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, then click Check for Updates. Windows will search for available updates, including driver updates. Alternatively, navigate to Device Manager and click Universal Serial Bus Controllers. Right-click the device you're having an issue with and select Update Driver.

  • How do I reinstall a USB driver?

    To reinstall a USB driver, navigate to Device Manager, right-click the name of the device you're having an issue with, and select Uninstall. Restart your PC, and Windows will automatically reinstall the driver.

  • How do I install motherboard drivers with USB?

    An easy way to install motherboard drivers via USB is to navigate to your motherboard manufacturer’s website, then download the drivers directly to a USB drive. Connect the USB drive to your Windows PC and install the drivers by opening the driver files and following the on-screen instructions.

  • How do I uninstall USB drivers?

    To uninstall USB drivers, navigate to Device Manager, click the View menu, and enable Show Hidden Devices. Find the type of device you're dealing with, then expand the menu, right-click your device, and select Uninstall. In the confirmation dialog, click Delete the driver software for this device > OK.

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