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    Driver - Uninstall in Windows

    Driver - Uninstall in Windows
    How to Uninstall Drivers in Windows 7 and Windows 8
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    How to Uninstall Drivers in Windows 7 and Windows 8


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    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.





    Driver - Uninstall in Windows OPTION ONE Driver - Uninstall in Windows
    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)

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    3. If prompted, click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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    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.





    Driver - Uninstall in Windows OPTION TWO Driver - Uninstall in Windows
    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.

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    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)

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    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.


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    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.



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







    Driver - Uninstall in Windows OPTION THREE Driver - Uninstall in Windows
    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.


    1. Open an elevated command prompt.

    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"


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    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.


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    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.

    For example: pnputil -f -d oem15.inf



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    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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