How to Reinstall USB Drivers in Windows XP (6 Steps)

By David Somerset

Reinstall your Windows XP USB drivers.
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USB is a standard type of connector on most Windows XP computers. It can be used to attach peripheral devices like keyboards, printers and external hard drives. If you are having problems with your USB controllers in Windows XP, you can reinstall all of the USB controller drivers as a last resort. While device drivers are a fairly advanced concept, Microsoft has made it easy for even beginning computer users to reinstall their USB drivers using the Control Panel.

Step 1

Click "Start" and choose the "Run" button. Type in the command "sysdm.cpl" (no quotes) and press Enter.

Step 2

Select the "Hardware" tab. Click the "Device Manager" button on this tab.

Step 3

Choose the plus sign next to "Universal Serial Bus controllers" to expand this option.

Step 4

Right click on the devices located under "Universal Serial Bus controllers" and choose "Uninstall." Uninstall the devices one at a time.

Step 5

Reboot the computer. Windows will automatically reinstall the system drivers for the USB controllers at startup.

Step 6

Plug a USB device into one of your computer's USB ports. Make sure that the device is working correctly.