USB devices (peripherals) include flash drives, printers, routers, scanners, and drafting pens. Most computer peripherals use USB (Universal Serial Bus) technology to connect to the computer. Configuring a USB device for Windows Vista is easy if you know how to set up the correct drivers for your USB device.

1

Choose Start→Control Panel→Hardware and Sound→Device Manager.

The Device Manager shows all the hardware associated with your computer as well as the health of that hardware.

2

Click the plus sign to the left of the Universal Serial Bus Controllers item.

This opens a list of all devices that either are plugged into a USB drive or have previously been set up on your computer.

3

Right-click an item and choose Enable to enable it.

Or click Disable to disable it.

4

Right-click the item you want to configure, choose Properties, and then click the Driver tab.

5

Click the buttons on the Driver sheet to manage the driver; you can view details about it, upgrade it to a newer version, or uninstall it.

6

Click OK.

This will save your updated USB device settings.

If a USB device isn’t working properly, click the Resources tab of the USB Device Properties dialog box. This includes a list of any conflicting devices that could be causing problems. Also, check the Help and Support Center for Windows (Start→Help and Support) to find troubleshooting help.