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How and Why to Completely Uninstall/ Remove Drivers in Windows 10
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How and Why to Completely Uninstall/ Remove Drivers in Windows 10

Device drivers on Windows act as a middleman between PC’s hardware and the operating system. Installing them is pretty easy but when things go wrong because of them your system can crash. Therefore, to avoid such unforeseen situations and to battel with a problematic driver, knowing how to update or uninstall a device driver is a must.

This will help fix the problem and will make your Windows operating system work smoothly. So, in this post firstly we will discuss how to update outdated or corrupt drivers followed by how to uninstall device drivers from Windows 10.

Why Should You Roll Back or Uninstall Old Drivers?

When you face issues like:

Microphone not working on Windows 10

Mouse Not Working On Windows 10 PC

Realtek HD Audio Manager Missing from Windows 10

Windows Cannot Connect to the Printer Issue

PS4 Sound Not Working etc. updating the old driver or rolling back the driver update becomes a must. This is required to fix any issues caused by the old driver or driver update.

But doing so manually is time-consuming and not all are that well versed with Windows drivers.

Therefore, if you are facing any driver issue using the best driver updater tool is suggested.

Also Read: How To Take Backup Of Drivers In Windows 10 And Restore Them

How to Update Old Drivers and Fix Driver Related Issus?

Here we will enlist all the possible ways to update drivers and remove them if things don’t work.

Easiest Way To Update Old Drivers

The quickest, safest, and fastest way to update old drivers is to use Smart Driver Care – an ultimate driver updating tool for Windows. Using this tool you can not only update outdated drivers but can also take a backup of old drivers.

Moreover, this tool also helps update outdated programs the most common reason responsible for malware attacks.

To use Smart Driver Care and update outdated drivers follow the steps below:

1. Install Smart Driver Care

2. Click on Start Scan Now. Your PC will now be scanned for old and outdated drivers

Smart Driver Care - Scanning

3. Once the scan is finished you can update the driver. If you are using a registered version of the product click Update All and fix all outdated drivers. However, if you are using trial version you will have to click the Update Driver option against each driver. This is can be time-consuming but this is the limitation of the trial version.

4. After updating the drivers restart your system to apply changes and see a performance boost.

In addition to this, if you are using a registered version of the product you can use the Backup feature and take a backup of old drivers or selected drivers.

Smart Driver Care - Backup

Also Read: Other Best Free Driver Updater Software For Windows 10

In case updating a device driver doesn’t solve the problem and you wish to uninstall drivers you can follow the steps below.

Ways To Neatly Uninstall/ Remove Old Drivers

1. Remove The Drivers Of Hidden Devices

Uninstall Bluetooth Device

One way to remove or uninstall old drivers in Windows 10, is to bring hidden devices to the forefront and then uninstall their drivers. To do that follow the steps mentioned below

1. Type Device Manager in the Windows search bar, click the search result to open Device Manager

2. Now, click the View menu and click on Show hidden devices. This step will show all the hidden devices. After you have clicked on this option, you will see faded icons

3. Right-click on a faded entry and click on Uninstall device

You shall now be able to remove any old driver. Now, to verify this you can click on the properties of any hidden device and you will find the message, Currently, this hardware device is not connected to the computer. To fix this problem, reconnect this hardware device to the computer

2. Delete The Registry Keys

Note: If you are not comfortable making changes to the Windows registry please skip this step. An incorrect change might make your Windows inoperational. Therefore, use it only when you are sure and confident.

Registry EditorIn addition to this, before making changes to the registry take a backup of the Windows Registry. Once done, follow the steps to delete driver-related keys.

1. Open Run dialog box by pressing Windows + R keys

2. Type Regedit

3. Navigate the following path

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\PnpLockdownFiles

4. Now, you will be able to find all driver-related keys

5. Delete all these keys by right-clicking on them and then pressing delete

3. Using Device Manager

Uninstall Device

You can uninstall Windows 10 drivers using the device manager. The steps for the same are mentioned below –

1. Right-click on the Windows (Start) icon and select Device Manager

2. Go to the device whose driver is old or problematic

3. Click on the dropdown (down arrow key) and right-click on the driver

4. Select the Uninstall device

5. The step is not yet completed, check the box that says Delete the driver software for this device

6. Now, click on Uninstall

7. Restart your computer and check if the driver for your desired device has been removed or not.

4. Roll Back Driver

It could be that your intent behind removing old drivers is to replace the corrupt driver with a new one. Instead of removing the old driver, you can roll back to a more stable version. For rolling back –

1. For this again open Device Manager

2. Click on the device whose driver you want to roll back and click on the arrow icon

3. Right-click on the device and then click on Properties

4. Click on the Driver tab and then on Roll Back Driver

Conclusion

We hope using, the steps explained above when required you will be able to completely uninstall or remove old drivers in Windows 10. Though, we highly recommend updating drivers first, for this you can use Smart Driver Care for installing and updating drivers. This Windows driver updating tool is designed to scan your PC for incompatible, outdated, or missing drivers and replace them with new ones. If you liked the blog, do give it a thumbs up and for more such content keep reading Tweak Library and follow us on Facebook and YouTube as well.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Amara Smith

    How much driver it can remove for free?

  2. Hamza

    How can I confirm that all hidden drivers are not in use and can be uninstalled?

  3. akshita

    Wow, a superb tool to get rid of all my outdated drivers at once. Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Aditya Purohit

    Thanks it's work for me.

  5. Harshita Singh Chauhan

    I got so baffled when I can't updated outdated drivers :( But thanks you solved my prob

  6. Akanksha

    I definitely try this.

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