How To Fix Unresponsive USB Ports In Windows 7 Home Premium

I was working with the VCR today when, after a reboot, all the USB ports went dead. After much consternation (and a little bit of cussing), I was able to determine a solution.

Fortunately, I already had TeamViewer installed, so jacking in remotely was a snap. Without any kind of remote access, this process would be nigh impossible since the entirety of input devices are USB.

  1. Navigate to Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Device Manager (listed under Devices and Printers).
  2. The last item in the tree should be Universal Serial Bus Controllers.
  3. Expand the USB Controller branch to expose the list of USB devices connected to the computer.
  4. Right-click and uninstall each of the listings, thus removing it from the system. One or more of the controller drivers was likely corrupted and removing all of them will ensure a clean installation.
  5. Reboot and allow Windows 7 to recognise and reinstall all the connected USB devices. Everything should work like new again!

More information on this problem as well as other solutions can be found here.

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