How to Update USB Ports

By Tyson Simmons

Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • Installed USB drives

  • Windows 2000+

  • Active Internet connection

USB Ports

Classically, older computers come with outdated USB port controllers running USB version 1.1. This configuration, while quite stable, robs the computer of much of its possible speed. By simply updating the port controller to USB 2.0, the speed of all your USB peripherals nearly quadruples. This upgrade is quite simple, and requires only driver updates and no hardware upgrades.

Click "Start," then choose "Control Panel."

Double-click on the "System" icon and let the window load. Click on "Hardware," then choose the "Device Manager" option.

Locate the "Universal Serial Bus controller" section of this window (this will be a simple text-based list), and click on the plus sign next to it to expand the selection.

Right-click on any of the subsections, such as "USB Root Hub" or "Mass USB Storage Device" located in this section, and click on "Properties."

Click on "Driver."

Click on "Update Driver" and follow the on-screen instructions. Windows will automatically locate USB 2.0 drivers for your root hub off the Internet, and will then install them.


Updating your USB root host will allow even things like USB card readers and USB jump drives to work much faster.


Do not change any other settings within hardware configurations. The wrong kinds of changes can damage or even ruin hardware.