If you’ve followed this blog lately, you know I’m a big fan of TenForums.com. This Windows 10 self-help site is a huge source of news, information, and tools referrals. I hit paydirt yesterday when I found a mention that German website Win-Raid offers updated USB 3.0/3.1 Win10 drivers. Actually, Win-Raid offers quite a bit more than that. Its forums also include AHCI/RAID, NVMe, Intel Chipsets, and more. The site’s curator, Fernando (aka Dieter), has done a tremendous job in organizing this stuff. He’s broken out the individual .cat, .inf, .dll and other files that go into collections so users can manually update drivers in DevMgr. Thus, users can pinpoint individual drivers and update them easily.
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Taking Advantage: Win-Raid Offers Updated USB 3.0/3.1 Win10 Drivers
Interested admins and power users must follow forum instructions carefully. For USB 3.0/3.1 this starts with downloading the necessary files from the General: Storage Drivers forum. For the Intel USB 3.0 controllers on several of my systems, that meant first registering Win-Raid’s certificate with my local certificate authorities. The download includes a .cmd file that automates the job if launched from an admin command prompt (or PowerShell environment). Next, comes a manual update for the generic Intel USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller. After that, likewise for the USB 3.0 Root hub. And for those with a USB 3.0 Switch device, there’s a similar update (none of my systems includes such a beast, however). Here’s a “before and after” screencap from a system with a Z87 (Intel 8 Series) chipset:
DevMgr USB device info: before Win-Raid install left; after right.
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Installing the Win-Raid drivers replaces the 1.0 (Microsoft) USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller with a newer version. The latter shows a file date of 8/18/2016 on the Driver tab/Properties window, instead of a 2013 date. Ditto for the root hub. Better than new, however, is those drivers’ stability and performance. Both offer improvements over the default items. Sure you must jump through some hoops during the install process, but the results are worthwhile. Check it out!