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Driver - Uninstall in Windows


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Driver - Uninstall in Windows
This tutorial will show you how to uninstall a driver for a device in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
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How to Uninstall Drivers in Windows 7 and Windows 8
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This tutorial will show you how to uninstall a driver for a device in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
How to Uninstall Drivers in Windows 7 and Windows 8


information   Information
After a device is installed, it might be necessary to uninstall a device or a driver package. For example, you might decide to replace the associated device, or the driver package might have to be uninstalled when a driver is updated.

The driver store is a protected area of the computer that contains device driver packages that have been approved for installation on the computer. After the driver package has been removed from the driver store, it is no longer available to be installed on a device.

This tutorial will show you how to uninstall a driver for a device in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

You must be signed in to Windows as an administrator to be able to uninstall drivers.





OPTION ONE
To Use Programs and Features to Uninstall a Driver


Note   Note
If a driver package was installed using an installation app, then it's recommended to uninstall the driver in Programs and Features to properly uninstall and remove all files for it.

This will not uninstall the device the driver is for.


1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Programs and Features icon.​
2. Double click/tap on the name of the driver (ex: Microsoft LifeCam) you want to uninstall. (see screenshot below)​
Uninstall_Driver_Programs_and_Features-1.png

3. If prompted, click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)​
Uninstall_Driver_Programs_and_Features-2.png

4. You will now see the driver's uninstaller to use to finish uninstalling it. Some drivers may require restarting the computer to finish.​
5. When finished, you can close Programs and Features if you like.​





OPTION TWO
To Use Device Manager to Uninstall Device and Driver


Note   Note
You can use Device Manager to uninstall devices and driver packages with some limitations.


1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Device Manager icon.​
2. Do step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do.​
3. Expand the node that represents the type of device (ex: Imaging devices) that you want to uninstall, right click on the device entry (ex: Microsoft LifeCam Cinema), click on Uninstall, and go to step 5 below.​
Uninstall_Driver_Device_Manager-1.png

4. Expand the node that represents the type of device (ex: Imaging devices) that you want to uninstall, and double click/tap on the device entry (ex: Microsoft LifeCam Cinema). Click/tap on the Driver tab, click/tap on Uninstall, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshots above and below)​
Uninstall_Driver_Device_Manager-2.png

5. In the Confirm Device Removal dialog box, check the Delete the driver software for this device box, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)​
Note   Note
If you do not have the Delete the driver software for this device check box, then it means that the driver for this device has already been uninstalled.
Note   Note

Uninstall_Driver_Device_Manager-3.png

6. When the uninstall process is complete, remove the device.​
Note   Note
With some devices, you might have to restart the computer to complete the uninstall process. The device may continue to function until the computer has been restarted.
Note   Note

7. You can now close Device Manager if you like.​







OPTION THREE
To Use a Command Prompt to Uninstall a Driver


Note   Note
This option will remove a driver package from the driver store, and will not uninstall the device.


2. In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below, and press Enter to get a list of all installed drivers on the computer outputted to a drivers.txt file on your desktop. (see screenshot below)​
pnputil -e >"%UserProfile%\Desktop\drivers.txt"
pnputil_output_file.jpg

3. Open the drivers.txt file on your desktop, and look for the Published name (ex: oem15.inf) of the driver (Microsoft LifeCam Cinema) you want to uninstall. (see screenshot below)​
Note   Note
While it's not as easy to spot the driver like this, if you know some of the details (ex: class, driver date and version, etc...) about the driver, it will help to find it.
Note   Note

Uninstall_Driver_pnputil-1.png

4. In the elevated command prompt, type the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)​
pnputil -f -d oem##.inf
Note   Note
Substitute ## in the command with the actual number of the .inf file for the driver.
Note   Note

For example: pnputil -f -d oem15.inf
Uninstall_Driver_pnputil-2.png

5. When finished, you can close the command prompt if you like.​



That's it,
Shawn


 
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THIS method is da' BOMB !!!

Thank YOU for the TUTORIAL

I was able to remove ALL the troublesome DRIVERS

EXCELLENT Tutorial !
 

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  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone