In all supported versions of Windows, uninstalling a driver through device manager may not remove associated files or applications with that driver
This article provides help to solve an issue where uninstalling a driver through device manager doesn't remove associated files or applications with that driver.
Applies to: Windows 10 - all editions
Original KB number: 2278714
Consider the following scenario:
- You have a third-party driver installed on a system via the third-party installation.
- The driver installer also installs a third-party application or applications.
- You try to uninstall the driver through the Device Manager.
In this scenario, the driver files, as well as the third-party application are not removed. Each time you reboot the machine, or any other action that forces a re-enumeration of plug and play devices, it will try to install the drivers.
Microsoft has confirmed that this behavior is by design.
If you have installed a third-party driver via a third-party installation, it is recommended that Add and Remove programs is used to uninstall third-party driver packages.