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In this article, we are going to discuss two ways to resolve the problem of the lack of COM ports on computers running the Windows 10 operating system. Windows 10 COM port issues plague many users whose computers have been designed without the inclusion of any serial interfaces. The absence of physical COM ports can hinder a user’s ability to make use of computing peripherals that transmit their data serially.
The way to resolve this issue is through the use of Windows virtual serial ports. It can be very frustrating to query your Device Manager with the expectation of finding COM ports only to find that they are not present. We are going to show you two different methods you can use to add COM ports to Windows 10. One is a procedure that employs the native functionality built into the operating system and the other uses third-party software.
Locating virtual COM port in Windows 10 can be a problem for users. You navigate to your Device Manager with the expectation to see the virtual COM port drivers that were previously loaded on your machine and find they are not there. The serial port option might not be available due to the installation of a Windows 10 update. The update may have impacted the ability of the virtual serial port drivers for certain devices to load by default. This poses a significant issue when you are trying to use these devices.
First, we will investigate the use of Electronic Team’s Virtual Serial Port Driver to add Windows 10 virtual serial ports. We provide a step-by-step procedure which can help you eliminate issues related to COM ports on Windows 10 in as little as three clicks. Read on to learn more about how to use this efficient virtual COM port driver for Windows 10.
When the COM and LPT ports do not appear in your Windows 10 Device Manager your ability to perform your work is negatively impacted. There is a way to resolve this annoying problem in a manner that will prevent it from recurring. The solution is to install the aforementioned Virtual COM Port Driver from Electronic Team. This application allows the creation of an unlimited number of virtual serial port pairs. The virtual COM port pairs employ a virtual null-modem connection to enable communication with each other.
Users engaged in the practice of developing and testing serial applications and hardware will benefit from the configuration options that are possible through the use of Virtual Serial Port Driver. One example is the ability to allow two applications to share data via virtual serial ports. Connecting the apps with a pair of virtual COM ports lets the data written by one program be immediately made available to the other program. This can save significant time and effort when debugging and testing serial apps and devices.
Step-by-step guide to add virtual COM port Windows 10:
Following these steps with Virtual Serial Port Driver (VSPD) will enable you to easily create virtual serial ports on a Windows 10 machine:
Most often, virtual COM ports in Windows 10 install automatically when a user connects a converter to a computer with internet access. Unfortunately, there are Serial Converter device drivers that won’t automatically install on certain operating systems.
This is not a major issue, as users can simply install the drivers utilizing the disk that comes with their specific Serial Converter.
Follow the instructions below to install Serial Converter device drivers from a disk:
Some software applications are designed to only operate with designated serial ports. If you need to work with this kind of program, you may need to know how to find port numbers in Windows 10 so you can modify them if necessary.
In many cases when working with older devices or applications, you will be called upon to change COM port numbers to successfully operate the programs and peripherals. Some legacy equipment is only capable of working with specifically named serial ports.
The following procedure allows Windows users to change the COM port number for any attached device.
There are multiple scenarios in which you may need to assign a COM port to a USB device on your Windows 10 computer. Some devices need to have a COM port identifier that falls within a certain range, say between COM1 and COM4. Windows may have assigned a different identifier to the port which you will be required to modify. It’s a relatively simple procedure to perform.
Here is how to assign a COM port to a USB device Windows 10:
Following these steps will enable you to change the COM port identifier for USB devices attached to your Windows 10 machine.
Virtual COM Port Driver is an advanced way to add virtual COM port pairs. There are many instances where this Windows 10 COM Port Driver software can be instrumental when working with serial devices and applications. Some of the uses of the software include testing and debugging in usage scenarios that include:
There are a number of way to access the Device Manager in Windows 10:
The easiest way is to use the default Windows search bar located next to the Start Menu on the toolbar. Simply start typing “Device Manager” into the search field and it will be located for you with an easy “Open” link to access it.
There are two ways to access the WinX menu. Either right-click on the “Start” menu or you can press Windows + X keys on the keyboard at the same time.
Device Manager will be listed as an option in the menu that appears.
If you prefer using command line, open the Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt windows. Type in any of the following commands (only one):
Open the Run window (Windows + R or simply type run in the Search field)
As with Command Prompt and PowerShell options, type one of the following commands:
You can access the Device Manager from the Computer Management Console. Device Manager will be listed in the left panel under System Tools.