Remove Hidden Printer Drivers Windows 7 Install Update
Last Updated on April 23, This tutorial describes the steps used to remove unwanted devices, drivers, and services from the device manager. Have you had drivers or devices that will not go away even though you are sure you have uninstalled them? Have you replaced your old Mbps network card with a faster Gbps adapter, but you cannot re-assign it the same IP address because your system insists there is still an adapter installed with that same IP address?
The system also insists that you forgot to remove the driver before removing the old card. Unwanted items in the device manager can cause numerous problems such as these. To get rid of unwanted drivers, devices, or services, use the following steps: Note that nothing seems to happen. You are actually setting an environment variable which is going to help you to see hidden devices. This will launch the Windows Device Manager Console. As you expand the different drivers and devices in the device manager, you will see not only the items that Windows currently detects as installed on your PC; but you will also see drivers, devices, and services which have been loaded in the past but were not uninstalled or are not currently started.
You can find your offending device, right-click, and choose uninstall to remove it from the system completely. Only remove items you know you do not need. Be careful that you do not change too many devices, or you might need to re-activate your Windows installation.
Finally, if you accidentally exit the Device Manager Console you will need to start over again at the command prompt. To close the command prompt window, type exit. Your participation helps us to help others. By visiting this site, users agree to our disclaimer. The members, admins, and authors of this website respect your privacy. All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. A Cookbook Full of Tech Tutorials.
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7 Ways to Detect And Remove Old, Unused or Hidden Device Drivers
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For example, if you plug your mouse into your computer, your computer will remember that mouse and the drivers that went with it. This guide involves the use of the Command Prompt and Device Manager. If you are uncomfortable performing these actions, please see an authorized computer technician instead. As always, be very careful when deleting anything from your computer — especially hardware devices. Open the Command Prompt by opening the Start menu and selecting Run, then type cmd and press enter. Copy and paste the following into the command prompt and press enter you need to Right Click and select Paste in the command prompt. Open the Device Manager. This can be done by typing devmgmt into the command prompt or by right clicking My Computer, selecting Manage , then clicking Device Manager on the left. The Device Manager shows you all hardware currently installed on your computer, sorted by hardware classification. Go to the View menu and select Show hidden devices. In my case, I was able to remove several identical mice that were all from the same device. To remove the extra devices, just select them limited to one at a time and press the Del key.