Driver Installation with Zadig
QMK presents itself to the host as a regular HID keyboard device, and as such requires no special drivers. However, in order to flash your keyboard on Windows, the bootloader device that appears when you reset the board often does.
There are two notable exceptions: the Caterina bootloader, usually seen on Pro Micros, and the HalfKay bootloader shipped with PJRC Teensys, appear as a serial port and a generic HID device respectively, and so do not require a driver.
We recommend the use of the Zadig utility. If you have set up the development environment with MSYS2, the qmk_install.sh script will have already installed the drivers for you.

Installation

Put your keyboard into bootloader mode, either by hitting the RESET keycode (which may be on a different layer), or by pressing the reset switch that's usually located on the underside of the board. If your keyboard has neither, try holding Escape or Space+B as you plug it in (see the Bootmagic Lite docs for more details). Some boards use Command instead of Bootmagic; in this case, you can enter bootloader mode by hitting Left Shift+Right Shift+B or Left Shift+Right Shift+Escape at any point while the keyboard is plugged in. Some keyboards may have specific instructions for entering the bootloader. For example, the Bootmagic Lite key (default: Escape) might be on a different key, e.g. Left Control; or the magic combination for Command (default: Left Shift+Right Shift) might require you to hold something else, e.g. Left Control+Right Control. Refer to the board's README file if you are unsure.
To put a device in bootloader mode with USBaspLoader, tap the RESET button while holding down the BOOT button. Alternatively, hold BOOT while inserting the USB cable.
Zadig should automatically detect the bootloader device, but you may sometimes need to check Options → List All Devices and select the device from the dropdown instead.
!> If Zadig lists one or more devices with the HidUsb driver, your keyboard is probably not in bootloader mode. The arrow will be colored orange and you will be asked to confirm modifying a system driver. Do not proceed if this is the case!
If the arrow appears green, select the driver, and click Install Driver. See the list of known bootloaders for the correct driver to install.
Zadig with a bootloader driver correctly installed
Finally, unplug and replug the keyboard to make sure the new driver has been loaded. If you are using the QMK Toolbox to flash, exit and restart it too, as it can sometimes fail to recognize the driver change.

Recovering from Installation to Wrong Device

If you find that you can no longer type with the keyboard, you may have accidentally replaced the driver for the keyboard itself instead of for the bootloader. This can happen when the keyboard is not in the bootloader mode. You can easily confirm this in Zadig - a healthy keyboard has the HidUsb driver installed on all of its interfaces:
A healthy keyboard as seen by Zadig
Open the Device Manager, select View → Devices by container, and look for an entry with your keyboard's name.
The board with the wrong driver installed, in Device Manager
Right-click each entry and hit Uninstall device. Make sure to tick Delete the driver software for this device first if it appears.
The Device Uninstall dialog, with the "delete driver" checkbox ticked
Click Action → Scan for hardware changes. At this point, you should be able to type again. Double check in Zadig that the keyboard device(s) are using the HidUsb driver. If so, you're all done, and your board should be functional again! Otherwise, repeat this process until Zadig reports the correct driver.
?> A full reboot of your computer may sometimes be necessary at this point, to get Windows to pick up the new driver.

Uninstallation

Uninstallation of bootloader devices is a little more involved than installation.
Open the Device Manager, select View → Devices by container, and look for the bootloader device. Match up the USB VID and PID in Zadig with one from the table below.
Find the Inf name value in the Details tab of the device properties. This should generally be something like oemXX.inf:
Device properties showing the Inf name value
Then, open a new Command Prompt window as an Administrator (type in cmd into the Start menu and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter). Run pnputil /enum-drivers to verify the Inf name matches the Published Name field of one of the entries:
pnputil output with matching driver highlighted
Run pnputil /delete-driver oemXX.inf /uninstall. This will delete the driver and remove it from any devices using it. Note that this will not uninstall the device itself.
As with the previous section, this process may need to be repeated multiple times, as multiple drivers can be applicable to the same device.
!> WARNING: Be extremely careful when doing this! You could potentially uninstall the driver for some other critical device. If you are unsure, double check the output of /enum-drivers, and omit the /uninstall flag when running /delete-driver.

List of Known Bootloaders

This is a list of known bootloader devices and their USB vendor and product IDs, as well as the correct driver to assign for flashing with QMK. Note that the usbser and HidUsb drivers are built in to Windows, and cannot be assigned with Zadig - if your device has an incorrect driver, you must use the Device Manager to uninstall it as described in the previous section.
The device name here is the name that appears in Zadig, and may not be what the Device Manager or QMK Toolbox displays.
Bootloader
Device Name
VID/PID
Driver
atmel-dfu
ATmega16u2 DFU
03EB:2FEF
libusb0
atmel-dfu
ATmega32U2 DFU
03EB:2FF0
libusb0
atmel-dfu
ATm16U4 DFU V1.0.2
03EB:2FF3
libusb0
atmel-dfu
ATm32U4DFU
03EB:2FF4
libusb0
atmel-dfu
none (AT90USB64)
03EB:2FF9
libusb0
atmel-dfu
AT90USB128 DFU
03EB:2FFB
libusb0
qmk-dfu
(keyboard name) Bootloader
As atmel-dfu
libusb0
halfkay
none
16C0:0478
HidUsb
caterina
Pro Micro 3.3V
1B4F:9203
usbser
caterina
Pro Micro 5V
1B4F:9205
usbser
caterina
LilyPadUSB
1B4F:9207
usbser
caterina
Pololu A-Star 32U4 Bootloader
1FFB:0101
usbser
caterina
Arduino Leonardo
2341:0036
usbser
caterina
Arduino Micro
2341:0037
usbser
caterina
Adafruit Feather 32u4
239A:000C
usbser
caterina
Adafruit ItsyBitsy 32u4 3V
239A:000D
usbser
caterina
Adafruit ItsyBitsy 32u4 5V
239A:000E
usbser
caterina
Arduino Leonardo
2A03:0036
usbser
caterina
Arduino Micro
2A03:0037
usbser
bootloadhid
HIDBoot
16C0:05DF
HidUsb
usbasploader
USBasp
16C0:05DC
libusbK
apm32-dfu
APM32 DFU ISP Mode
314B:0106
WinUSB
stm32-dfu
STM32 BOOTLOADER
0483:DF11
WinUSB
kiibohd
Kiibohd DFU Bootloader
1C11:B007
WinUSB
stm32duino
Maple 003
1EAF:0003
WinUSB
qmk-hid
(keyboard name) Bootloader
03EB:2067
HidUsb
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