Cannot install USB Flash Drive in Windows 2000

I just plugged in two different USB flash drives and Windows 2000 does not have a driver for it.  The install gives a Code 28 (missing driver).  How do I get one - mine must have been corrupted.
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MereteConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Firstly, make sure the USB function is enabled in the BIOS setting and plug in the disk directly or via extension cable to rear USB port. If you are using a USB hub, make sure it's powered.

When the USB Disk is inserted into the USB port and the LED lights up, it means that the computer has detected the USB . The LED will flicker thus indicating file transfer. DO NOT REMOVE the USB disk whilst the LED is flickering or you might lose your data

Although these products are "plug and play" if you are using Windows XP, recommend that you use the "Safely remove hardware" icon in system tray to STOP device before removing.

It's possible that you may have deleted a part of the standard driver for the operating system. Please download the necessary device driver from the Microsoft Website windows updates.


check under device manager and make sure you actual USB root is there
DSIGRISAuthor Commented:
There are both a Generic USB and USB Root.

Now what?
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Remove your Usb Drive.

Open Device Manager. Scroll Down to "Universal Serial Bus Controllers"

Remove the following if listed "right click uninstall:

Generic Usb Hub
Usb Root Hub
Usb Composite Device
Standard OpenHCD Usb Host Controller


Wait till they show again in "Device Manager"

Now connect back your usb drive.
You dont actually need a driver for "usb drives" in Windows 2000.
Download and install USB 2.0 drivers, it may help.
You will need some updated drivers for 2000, as its original support for USB was rather liimited.  See here --;en-us;819332

Once you have installed the new 2.0 drivers, reboot, and things should work a lot better than they did ...
And windows 2000, pardon
Although these products are "plug and play" if you are using Windows 2000, recommend that you use the "Safely remove hardware" icon in system tray to STOP device before removing.
Did you go to the manufacutes web site and look for a driver?
When your usb drive is connected do you get an icon in device manager for it? is it registering an error there? are you using the front usb ports on your case? have you tried the back ones? are you using a usb hub?

are you running the latest service pack for 2000?

does any other usb devices work in these ports?
DSIGRISAuthor Commented:

It turns out that I was using a hub.  When connected directly to the computer, it worked find.

Thanks for the tip.

;)  you are welcome. Thank you.
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