How to Reinstall a USB Root Hub

By Meaghan Ellis

USB Root Hubs, also known as Universal Serial Bus Root Hubs, serve as viable communication portals for today's technologically enhanced computers and other electronic devices. USB Root Hubs are both physical and virtual installation ports that can be found on your computer. These ports are used for implementing and installing additional hardware files and components to your computer's hard drive. USB Root Hubs can be utilized several times as long as the port is clear and reinstalled properly for functional reinstatement purposes.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with USB functionality
  • Universal Serial Bus Root Hubs


Step 1

Click on the "Start" icon on your computer's desktop screen and access the "Control Panel" menu, which will be listed as a Start menu subtopic. When the Control Panel window opens, select the "System & Maintenance" link, which will be the first option listed on the screen.

Step 2

Select "Device Manager" when the system's components and operations appear on the following screen. Bypass the Administrative Control prompt by clicking "OK".

Step 3

Select the "Universal Serial Bus" collapse tab, which will be the last option listed at the bottom of the Device Manager menu. A list of blank locations where your drivers should be located should appear in the collapse menu. The driver items in the list should read, "Driver Not Installed".

Step 4

Right-click on one of the drivers that reads "Driver Not Installed." Select the "Properties" option in the drop box list that will appear. A pop-up dialog box, regarding the driver, will appear on your screen. Click on the "Driver" tab and select the "Update Driver" tab. The device will restore any missing components that are prohibiting the USB Root Hub's functionality.

Tips & Warnings

  • Sometimes a USB Root Hub may appear to be dysfunctional because of multiple installations of the same device. You may need to either use a different hub on your computer or check the device you are trying to implement. Your USB Root Hub may only require that you uninstall and repair certain devices and functions, rather than the entire hub itself.
  • Do not delete the driver in the collapse menu regardless of what its status may indicate. If you delete it instead of repairing its installation, you will have to restore your computer's settings by running a full recovery. This is the only way to restore your hard drive's components in entirety.