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How to uninstall and reinstall Windows Drivers

If you’re having device driver conflicts on your computer, one of the best ways of fixing the problem is to reinstall the drivers. The first way you should try this is by finding the manufacturer’s disk that came with the hardware. These disks include all of the manufacturer’s tested drivers that are guaranteed to work with your computer. However, that doesn’t mean that you won’t have hardware conflicts or that viruses or other malicious programs won’t damage your drivers. Despite all the precautions, sometimes driver files get corrupted or even deleted.

How to uninstall and reinstall Windows Drivers

How to uninstall and reinstall drivers windows 10

If your computer has been infected or your drivers damaged, you may find that reinstalling them doesn’t go quite as smoothly as you’d like it to. In that case, you may need to uninstall these damaged drivers before you can reinstall them. Fortunately, doing that isn’t as difficult as one might think. In fact, it’s a fairly easy process.

These instructions will walk you through the process of uninstalling Windows drivers and updating them in Windows XP. If you’re using a different version of Windows, you may find that things are named slightly different or are in a different place. First, right-click on the My Computer icon on your desktop and select properties. Then go to the Hardware tab and click on Device Manager. This will give you a list of all the device drivers installed on your computer. If you see any with a red X by them that means those drivers are not functioning properly.

Windows 10 update driver automatically

Uninstalling the malfunctioning driver is very easy: just right click on the driver and click on uninstall. This will completely remove the driver from your computer. Most likely, Windows will immediately detect the “new” hardware (i.e., hardware that it does not have drivers for) and will launch the new hardware wizard. This wizard will take you through the steps of installing the drivers again. It will prompt you to insert the driver disk you received with your hardware. If you don’t have that disk, Windows will automatically search its database for drivers that are compatible.

If you need to update drivers, you do much the same things—go to the Device Manager and right-click on the driver. Instead of uninstall, though, you want to click on “update driver.” Windows will automatically search their database for updated drivers, and if any are found, it will download and install them. If it doesn’t find any new drivers, you’ll get a message saying that no updated drivers could be found. This doesn’t always mean that no new updated drivers are available. To double-check, you can always visit the hardware manufacturer’s website and look at the drivers they have available.

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