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Disable the Annoying “This device can perform faster” Balloon Message in Windows 7

Are you sick of seeing This Device can perform faster balloon message pop up every time you are using an older flash drive or other device? Here we’ll show you what to do to get rid of it once and for all.

You know the message…it pops up when you put in an older USB drive and tells you it can perform faster. Click on the balloon message to see a list of available USB 2.0 ports.

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At the bottom of the This Device Can Perform Faster window, uncheck the box Tell me if my device can perform faster then close the window.

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That is all there is to it. Now you won’t be annoyed by that message when you’re using an older flash drive or other device.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/14/10

Comments (21)

  1. milerx

    thanks a lot!!

  2. Oneshot719

    Not to be rude, but who has anything that runs on usb 1.1 and runs windows 7 as their OS?

  3. PetFoodz.Info

    I have lots of older USB stuff..

  4. cz-man

    Thanks. Great advice.

    Excuse my bad English…

  5. Taming

    Good tip. I believe my (very new) HP computer has underpowered USB ports. I know that using a powered USB hub got rid of those messages.

  6. Hatryst

    How to remove this annoying balloon in XP?

  7. Mercedes

    I did this, but now I’ve changed my mind. I believe I’ve fixed my slow-device issue, but I can’t be sure unless I re-enable this feature. Do you know how to do that?

  8. jack

    This fix does not work. Windows 7 resets and checks the box when ever the computer is turned off.

  9. blah

    Post is incorrect. Try this:
    •Open Device Manager. To do this, click Start, click Run, type devmgmt.msc in the Run window, and then click OK.
    •Expand the Universal Serial Bus Controllers section at the bottom of the device manager window. Locate and then double-click a host controller that has either the word Universal or the word Open in the title.
    •In the properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab, and then select the Don’t tell me about USB errors check box

  10. Dave

    Blah is correct, that method does stop the pesky message which, by the way, terminates the program that runs my USB modem when it performs that check – most annoying. However, this fix is not permanent. I thought I had it sorted, but after a recent Windows update it came back again. Grrr!

  11. Lucknow

    Blah is also wrong.
    In my computer the properties dialog does not even have “advanced” tab.
    In the recommendation my computer has n check box since all my USB ports are1.1

  12. Mandar

    How to remove this pop up by setting some registry values?
    I tried but it needs to restart your computer for changes to take effect.
    Can anybody tell me any solution for this problem?

  13. tim

    You are exactly WRONG
    Actually unchecking this box makes the balloon appear in the tray once you close the window. Clicking on the balloon makes the window appear again, and the option to show it is ticked again. Therefore you are making false claims and this entry should be taken down.

  14. Mark Vincent

    Blah is actually correct…. Read more carefully.

    Find the entry that has OPEN or UNIVERSAL somewhere in the title. In my case is was “Standard OpenHCD…”.

    Properties on that definitely do have Advanced Tab.

    Thank you Blah for the answer (Feb 18, 2010).

  15. paul (ann arbor)

    Blah seems to be on-track here.

    Running XP.

    Start > Control Panel > Systems > Hardware > Device Manager > USB icon (near bottom of stack) > “Universal Host Controller” > Advanced > click “Don’t tell me about about USB errors.”

    When I changed the setting, I lost the taskbar for some reason. Restarted the computer without further incident. Taskbar was back, annoying balloon was not.

    thanks Mr Blah.

  16. cowgirl37

    Im glad to know Im not the only one that complains of this issue. I bought my laptop last year and the techs have done all this to my computer to make it go away and it does go away a little while but comes right back on! My laptop is new, should this be happening if I have nothing plugged in? just curious

  17. Joe Chugg

    Thanks! Hits the spot. Everything I’m running is 2.0 or above. This goofy thing just started after a required software update. Good old Microsoft.

  18. petegeek

    This is one of the top ten most annoying things to come out of Microsoft in a long time! My pc doesn’t even have any legacy (USB1) ports, I run 7 home premium 64bit and get that annoying balloon all the time!

  19. Heywood Jablowme

    Thankyou Blah!

  20. Simon

    Tim (December 28, 2010 12:03 am) is experiencing exactly what I am. I un-tick the error window, close the error window, but the USB icon in the tooltray re-appears, and clicking on it just brings the dialog box up again with the check box re-ticked. It’s an endless loop!! I’ve got to the stage where I just move the error window as far off the bottom of the screen I can, and forget it.

  21. Juggler

    This doesn’t work. I unchecked that box, and it still pops up and annoys me every day.

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