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how can i remove old obsolete drivers in device manager

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    how can i remove old obsolete drivers in device manager


    Hi so i have done allot of upgrading and such and i would like to remove the old obsolete drivers from windows 8.1 device manager i know they are still there that windows hides them so how can i remove them so i can reinstall my new mouse coming in the mail today, and i know there is probable more in there that i would like to clean up as well. So is there a way to see them and uninstall them?.

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    I just looked and there are allot of old grayed out once in there that i would like to remove is there a tool for this please?
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    At top of Device Manager, in menu select View then " Show Hidden Devices " when device not using that driver it will be greyed out. Right click and uninstall. Be careful what you remove, make sure right one, some are shaded because not hooked up at time.
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    do you think i should just leave them since i dont clearly know what it was some is the old root hub and stuff but i cant tell if its this one and just grayed out or not.
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    here are some pictures of what i'm talking about i mean i never had that many mouse installed in my life is wired, as well as the other stuff is just insane. should i leave them or could those extra drivers for mice interfere with my new mouse.

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    For one do not mess with USB Universal Serial Bus Drivers, then USB ports will have issues. I would leave HID ones. Be good know mouse your removing, but if i recall you are one with Steel Series gaming mouse in another thread.

    Again have to wait till put the new mouse on to remove old drivers. Not really going to effect anything if you left them.
    If remove software for that mouse chance may remove drivers, not sure in some cases. Also might be another way i am not familiar with or can't remember to remove old drivers.
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    Download the portable version: GhostBuster - Download: GhostBuster Setup (106145) then right click to run as Admin then click on "remove Ghosts". All the ophan drivers should be removed for you. Here's an example:

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    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    For one do not mess with USB Universal Serial Bus Drivers, then USB ports will have issues. I would leave HID ones. Be good know mouse your removing, but if i recall you are one with Steel Series gaming mouse in another thread.

    Again have to wait till put the new mouse on to remove old drivers. Not really going to effect anything if you left them.
    If remove software for that mouse chance may remove drivers, not sure in some cases. Also might be another way i am not familiar with or can't remember to remove old drivers.

    The new mouse is the same one i just got a RMA on it as something went wonky with the other one, i had to send it back and for a while i was using a old Logitech one i removed or uninstalled those drivers for it, so i should just leave the USB ones and HID there.as for those what is up with so many like the mouse once what the heck is up with that i never had that many mice in my life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
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    Nice pictures, Growler !!
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