How to Update USB Ports

by Tyson SimmonsUpdated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • Installed USB drives

  • Windows 2000+

  • Active Internet connection

Classically, older computers come with outdated USB port controllers running USB version 1.1.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.

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About the Author

Tyson Simmons started writing professionally in 2005 and has worked for multiple media firms and publications, including "EQ Automotive" and various websites. He mainly covers the automotive and technical fields. Simmons has an English writing certification from Uintah Basin Applied Technology College and is also A+ computer repair certified. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in English writing at Utah State University.

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