How to fix BUGCODE USB3 DRIVER errors in Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • One moment the computer works and the second it shows a blue screen and your work is interrupted. The next thing you do is write down the error and look it up.
  • The BUGCODE_USB3_DRIVER error is quite descriptive. It's a programming error in the driver for a USB device that communicates with Windows. Updating drivers should fix this.
  • We have compiled a huge list of these types of errors and their solution in the Troubleshooting BSoD Errors Section.
  • For other software related issues, feel free to visit Windows 10 Errors Troubleshooting Hub for complete and updated guides.
fix BUGCODE USB3 DRIVER errors windows 10

Blue Screen of Death errors are probably one of the most serious errors that you can encounter on Windows 10. These errors will restart your PC every time they appear, and since they can be such a big problem, today we’ll show you how to fix BUGCODE USB3 DRIVER error.

How to fix BUGCODE USB3 DRIVER BSoD error

  1. Keep your Windows 10 updated
  2. Download the latest drivers
  3. Run the BSOD Troubleshooter 
  4. Run the SFC scan
  5. Run DISM
  6. Check the hard drive
  7. Find and remove problematic applications
  8. Update your BIOS
  9. Use USB 2.0 port during the Windows 10 installation
  10. Reset Windows 10

Solution 1 – Keep your Windows 10 updated

Almost every operating system has certain issues with hardware and software, and Windows 10 is not an exception. Sometimes these issues can cause BSoD errors, such as BUGCODE USB3 DRIVER, to appear and it order to fix these errors it’s important that you download the latest updates.

Some updates bring security improvements and new features, but many of them offer both hardware and software bug fixes, therefore it’s crucial to download the latest patches in order to prevent BSoD errors from appearing. To download the latest patches be sure to use Windows Update frequently.

Solution 2 – Download the latest drivers

Drivers are an integral part of every operating system because operating system uses drivers in order to communicate with hardware, and in case your drivers are corrupted or outdated, Windows 10 won’t be able to recognize or use that specific hardware.

Updating your drivers is fairly simple, and in order to do that you just need to visit your hardware manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your device. Bear in mind that you might have to update all your drivers in order to successfully fix this problem.

Update drivers automatically

Searching for drivers on your own can be time-consuming. So, we advise you to use a tool that will do this for you automatically. Using an automatic driver updater will certainly save you from the hassle of searching for drivers manually, and it will always keep your system up to date with the latest drivers.

Tweakbit’s Driver Updater (approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus) will help you update drivers automatically and prevent PC damage caused by installing the wrong driver versions. After several tests, our team concluded that this is the best-automatized solution.

Here is a quick guide on how to use it:

  1. Download and install TweakBit Driver Updater
  2. Once installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check your installed driver versions against its cloud database of the latest versions and recommend proper updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.
    TweakBit Driver Updater diagnostics
  3. Upon scan completion, you get a report on all problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once. To update one driver at a time, click the ‘Update driver’ link next to the driver name. Or simply click the ‘Update all’ button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.
    TweakBit Driver Updater main window
    Note: Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps so you will have to hit the ‘Update’ button several times until all of its components are installed.

Solution 3 – Run the BSOD Troubleshooter

The next thing we’re going to try is Windows 10’s built-in troubleshooting tool. This tool can be used when dealing with various system problems, including the BSOD issues. So, it’s likely to resolve the BUGCODE USB3 DRIVER error.

Here’s how to run Windows 10’s built-in troubleshooter.

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Go to Update & Security > Troubleshoot.
  3. Select BSOD from the right pane and click Run the troubleshooter.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the troubleshooter.

Solution 4 – Run the SFC scan

The next troubleshooting tool we’re going to try is the System File Checker. This tool scans your computer for potential issues, and resolves them automatically (if possible). So, if the BUGCODE USB3 DRIVER error is caused by a corrupt system file, the SFC scan will deal with it.

Here’s how to run the SFC scanner in Windows 10:

  1. Right-click on the Start Menu button, and open Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Enter the following line and press Enter: sfc/scannow
  3. Wait until the process is done (it may take a while).
  4. If the solution is found, it will automatically be applied.
  5. Now, close the Command Prompt and restart your computer.

Solution 5 – Run DISM

And the third troubleshooter we’re going to try here is DISM. This tool re-deploys the system image, and resolves potential issues along the way. So, it’s possible that running DISM will also resolve the BUGCODE USB3 DRIVER error.

We’ll walk you through both standard and the procedure that utilizes the installation media below:

  • Standard way
  1. Right-click Start and open Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Paste the following command and press Enter:
      • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  3. Wait until the scan is finished.
  4. Restart your computer and try updating again.
  • With the Windows installation media
  1. Insert your Windows installation media.
  2. Right-click the Start menu and, from the menu, choose the Command Prompt (Admin).
  3. In the command line, type the following commands and press Enter after each:
    • dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
    • dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
  4. Now, type the following command and press Enter:
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /source:WIM:X:SourcesInstall.wim:1 /LimitAccess
  5. Make sure to change an X value with the letter of the mounted drive with Windows 10 installation.
  6. After the procedure is finished, restart your computer.

Solution 6 – Check the hard drive

BUGCODE_USB3_DRIVER BSoD error can be caused by your hard drive, so it’s recommended to perform a chkdsk scan. To perform a chkdsk scan, do the following:

  1. Enter the Advanced Startup (Restart your computer while holding the Shift key).
  2. Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced Options.
  3. Select Command Prompt from the list of options.
  4. When Command Prompt appears, enter the following lines and press Enter after each line in order to run it:
    • bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd
    • bootrec.exe /fixmbr
    • bootrec.exe /fixboot
  5. Some users are also suggesting that you need to run additional chkdsk commands as well. To perform these commands, you need to know drive letters for all your hard drive partitions. In Command Prompt you should enter the following (but remember to use the letters that match your hard drive partitions on your PC):
    • chkdsk /r c:
    • chkdsk /r d:

    This is just our example, so keep in mind that you have to perform chkdsk command for every hard drive partition that you have.

  6. Restart your computer and check if the issue is resolved.

Solution 7 – Find and remove problematic applications

Sometimes certain applications just aren’t compatible with your PC, and that can cause BUGCODE_USB3_DRIVER or any other Blue Screen of Death error to appear. The common cause for these types of errors can be your antivirus software, therefore we advise you to remove all third-party antivirus programs from your PC. To completely remove an antivirus program it’s advised that you use a dedicated removal tool. Almost all antivirus companies have these tools available for download on their website, so be sure to download one of these tools.

Another way to fix this problem is to enter Safe Mode. To enter Safe Mode, do the following:

  1. Restart your computer few times during the boot to start the Automatic Repair. Alternatively, you can just press and hold Shift on your keyboard and click the Restart button.
  2. Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings and click the Restart button.
  3. When your computer restarts press 5 or F5 to enter Safe Mode with Networking.

You should know that Safe Mode starts only with the default applications and drivers, therefore if the issue is caused by third-party software, you shouldn’t have any problems in Safe Mode. If the error doesn’t appear in Safe Mode, you can use Safe Mode to find and remove the problematic software.

Solution 8 – Update your BIOS

According to users, you can fix BUGCODE_USB3_DRIVER error by upgrading your BIOS. Updating BIOS unlocks new features of your motherboard thus allowing you to use different hardware. We have to mention that updating BIOS is somewhat dangerous procedure, especially if you don’t do it properly, therefore use extra caution and make sure to check your motherboard manual for detailed instructions.

Solution 9 – Use USB 2.0 port during the Windows 10 installation

Few users reported BUGCODE_USB3_DRIVER BSoD error while installing Windows 10. According to them, Windows 10 installation has certain issues with USB 3.0 ports, therefore if you install Windows 10 from a USB flash drive, be sure to connect the flash drive to USB 2.0 port in order to avoid this error. Alternatively, you can use Windows 10 DVD to install your operating system.

Solution 10 – Reset Windows 10

Windows 10 reset is a similar procedure to clean install, and if this error is caused by software Windows 10 reset should be able to fix it. Since this process will delete all files from your C drive, we strongly recommend that you create a backup. In addition to creating backup, you might also need a bootable USB flash drive with Windows 10, so be sure to create one. To start Windows 10 reset, do the following:

  1. Restart your computer few times during the boot sequence to start Automatic Repair.
  2. Choose Troubleshoot > Reset this PC > Remove everything. You might get asked to insert Windows 10 installation media during this step, so be ready to do that.
  3. Choose Only the drive where Windows is installed > Just remove my files and click the Reset button to start.
  4. Follow the instructions to complete the reset process.

After Windows 10 reset is complete, don’t install any drivers or applications. Test your computer for a while and check if the error appears again. If the error does appear, it means that your hardware is causing this issue, so be sure to perform a detailed hardware inspection and replace the faulty hardware.

BUGCODE_USB3_DRIVER BSoD error can cause certain problems on your PC, but we hope that you managed to fix this error by using one of our solutions.

FAQ: Learn more about USB errors

  • How do I fix my USB stick not reading?

If the flash drive is not detected, try going in Device Manager and uninstall the device and then Scan for Hardware changes. If the process went ok, you might need to format it so it is recognized by Windows You can use a HDD utility to format it in FAT32 or NTFS.

  • How can I tell the difference between USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports?

Usually you can tell the difference visually by looking inside at the connectors. USB 3 ports are blue, while the older ones are black.

  • Will USB 3.0 work on older computers?

It is backward compatible with older USB ports so they will work. Of course, the transfer speeds will be limited by the slower USB2 port.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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