Why would anyone need new USB drivers? Don't USB ports just sit there waiting around for a device to be plugged in? The truth is they do more than you think. They are the hardest working drivers on your entire computer! Without them, all your "plug n play" devices would stop working.
What Devices Use the USB Port
All of your plug n play devices will use the USB port. This includes the common mouse and printer. However, most people do not consider the other devices they use regularly. When the USB port goes out, you can no longer charge or update your cell phone. Your iPhone/iPod would stop working and you could lose everything.
Why USB Drivers are Important
When you think of all the devices that use them, it makes perfect sense why they are so important. No other driver on your computer has to do so much work. While most drivers only have to run one thing, any given USB driver may have to run a mouse, speaker, USB hub, microphone, printer, video, or over a hundred other peripheral devices. It has to be in top shape to quickly recognize the device and get it running properly.
How USB Ports are Damaged
When you consider all the factors, it is a wonder the USB ports don't go out more often. But, for whatever reason, they rarely get damaged. When they do, it is generally because they have been overwritten by another driver, accidentally deleted, or have been corrupted. While it doesn't happen often, it is a royal pain when it does.
Signs the USB Driver is Bad
The tell tale sign there is something wrong is an error message. It will generally say something like "Device Not Found", "Device Not Recognized", "Device Not Installed", or "Device Driver Not Found." These error messages let you know the driver has been corrupted and needs to be updated.
How to Update the Corrupted Drivers
Updating your drivers manually is not an easy project. It requires looking for each and every device installed on the USB port. Then you will need to go to each of those websites to locate the new driver. Once you have found a driver, you will need to download the new driver to your computer. Once they are all downloaded, you will need to go to Device Manager and install all the new drivers.
However, most people will prefer to use driver update software. With the software, you don't have to do any of that. It will scan your computer for you. Then it will list all the drivers in need of updating. All you have to do is click "Scan" to start the process, click "Download" to get the latest drivers, and finally click "Install" to install all the drivers. It will only take a few minutes and it will all be done for you.
Installing new USB drivers will keep your computer and its devices running properly.