What To Do When USB 2.0 Hub Driver Stops Working

My main computer was having a very annoying problem that prevented me from connecting any USB devices to it. It always prompted a message saying the USB driver cannot be installed. And when I went to the Device Manager, I saw the USB 2.0 Hub driver showing as an unknown device under Other Devices with a yellow exclamation mark on it.

Looks like a new driver was needed. But since USB 2.0 is a generic system driver that doesn’t require any special drivers from 3rd party vendors since XP, where should I go to find and replace the corrupted driver? I’d been scratching my head and was at the edge of going the process of reinstalling everything when I finally found the easy fix. Thanks to Sarkie’s Site.

Here is how:

1. Locate the latest original USB 2.0 driver from the following folder.

%SystemRoot%\system32\DriverStore\FileRepository\usb.inf_xxxxx

Here is what’s on my computer.

Widnows DriverStore

2. Copy everything in that folder to

%SystemRoot%\INF

3. Once done, go back to Device Manager, uninstall USB 2.0 Hub from the list and re-scan for new hardware. The USB 2.0 driver will be installed successfully using the driver we just copied.

It worked like a charm on my computer.

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