When drivers are installed, they integrate deeply into the OS. Most of the times, the whole process is simple. But when things go wrong, they can crash your computer. When Microsoft launched their Vista OS back in 2007, the OS was slow and often crashed. They investigated the matter and came to know that there was some problem with the drivers.
You might need to uninstall drivers if you are experiencing weird issues after upgrading your PC or your existing drivers are creating problem, then you might need to remove the old drivers which are still installed on your PC, even you can’t normally see them in uninstall programs menu.
If you don’t follow the correct steps, then, you might face some problem and in some cases it can harm your PC. So, to avoid this all, follow the methods mentioned in this article. You can easily tackle the problem by following simple steps mentioned in this article. In this article, I will be showing how to uninstall drivers in Windows 7.
NOTE: – There can be two scenarios – if your earlier driver was working well, then, you might need to roll back and in other scenario – you might need to uninstall a driver completely. You can follow the steps according to your issue with driver. Here, I am sharing the two best methods to uninstall drivers.
Rolling Back to a Previous Driver
This step will be helpful if the drivers have started creating problem after you have updated your drivers and facing some kind of error. However this method will only work if the driver was working before the update. Follow the below steps to implement this method.
Step 1 – Go to Start Menu and Type Device Manager in the search box as shown in the image below. Now, click on Device Manager.
Step 2 – Now, you will be presented with a list of options as shown in the image below.
Here, you have to select the component which is creating problem after updating the driver.
Step 3 – After selecting the components, you will be presented with a new dialog box as shown in the image below.
Step 4 – Now, click on Drivers. Once you do this, you will get below options.
Step 5 – Now, click on Roll Back Driver. Once you click it, it will remove the current driver for the device and reinstall the previous driver for the device you choose. You may find different options like, update driver, disable, uninstall. All these are explained below.
Driver Details – It provides you the details of the driver.
Update Driver – You can update your driver using internet or external DVDs.
Disable – It will disable the driver and it will stop working.
Uninstall – It will completely uninstall the driver. I have shown the complete method of uninstalling drivers below.
If you are unable to click the Roll Back Driver button then this means that you can’t rollback to previous version of the driver.
After the completion of whole process, Windows might ask you to reboot. If you see this message, you should reboot your computer immediately.
If you have not updated the driver for the device and it is still creating problem, then you can try uninstalling the drivers and installing it again.
Uninstalling a Driver
Simply go to Start Menu and type “Uninstall programs”. Now, a list of programs will be opened. You might find your drivers listed there. If you found it, then, simply uninstall it. If you are unable to find the required driver, then follow the steps mentioned below.
Step 1 – Go to Start Menu and search for Device Manager.
Step 2 – Right click on the device of which you want to uninstall the drivers as shown in the image below.
Step 3 – Now, click on uninstall as shown in the image below.
Step 4 – Now, click on OK. Once you do this, Windows will uninstall the driver for the device you choose.
Step 5 – Once the whole process completes, please reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.
After you uninstall the driver which was creating problem, you can try downloading and installing the latest version from the manufacturer’s website, or try the previous version which worked correctly.
I recommend you to follow steps mentioned above carefully as uninstalling the wrong driver can result in issues with your OS.
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