How to uninstall old drivers in Windows

For every component or device you have connected to your Windows PC will need a driver for the device to work properly. There will be lot of drivers installed on your windows PC and as the time passes your PC will contain lot of useless and old drivers which causes odd behaviour in your computer. Odd behaviour is like devices not working properly, slowing down your PC, driver clashes, crashes, frequent freezes and more. It will be more difficult to deal with the driver related issues. Let us see here how to delete the old and useless drivers in Windows computer.

Before uninstalling the old drivers on your PC, make those old drivers to appear in the list.

Force old drivers to appear in list

  • Press Win+X keys and select Command Prompt(admin) option from the power user menu. In case if you are using Windows 7 or Vista then search for command prompt and open it as admin from your start menu.
  • Enter the below command and press Enter key to execute the command.
    SET DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES=1

This command will force all the old and useless drivers to display in the Device Manager list. After displaying them in the list you can proceed to uninstall these drivers.

How to uninstall old drivers in Windows

  • Press Win+X keys and select Device manager option from the list of power menu options. In case if you are using Windows 7 or Vista then you can search for device manager from start menu.

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  • In the Device Manager window click on view tab and click on show hidden devices from the dropdown list and this will reveal all the non persistent and old drivers.

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  • The best thing about this option is that all the old drivers are faded out, such that you can identify old drivers from current drivers very easily.
  • From the list, select the old drivers which you want to uninstall and right click on it and select uninstall option.

That’s it, it is that easy to uninstall all the old, hidden and useless drivers. Be careful, not to uninstall any current device driver as this cause issues with your connected hardware device.

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