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How can I check the USB type from the win OS with out connecting USB

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How can I check the USB type is whether it is USB 2 or 3 from the windows operating system without connecting the USB.
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by:Callandor
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Look in device manager for the speed - low, full, high, super http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/10-things-you-should-know-about-usb-20-and-30/1265
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by:helpfinder
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you can download software which can tell you - e.g. aida 64

or if you know the motherboard manufacturer and model you can check on manufacturer web
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by:masnrock
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If you open the Device Manager, look at your USB controllers. If you see any that say Enhanced, then it should be at least USB version 2 (some will specify if they are USB 2 or 3, but not always).

To know whether a port is USB 3, check the color of the USB port itself. USB 3 ports are blue.
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masnrockP

I can not see anything enhanced. Could you send me a screenshot.
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by:Callandor
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If you looked at my link, you would see what an Enhanced Host Controller looks like.
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Any luck noticing whether you had any USB 3.0 ports or not? That won't even require looking at anything within Windows. If they're not blue, they're not USB 3.

Here's a screenshot from a Dell desktop that I work with. Notice the section related to USB controllers. The enhanced host controller in this particular desktop is USB 2.

Dell Device Manager Screenshot
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