Using Device Manager to Uninstall Devices and Driver Packages

Device Manager is a Control Panel application that allows you to manage devices and drivers on your system. You can use Device Manager to uninstall devices and driver packages with some limitations. Typically, an end-user does not use Device Manager to uninstall devices or driver packages, but might have to use Device Manager to troubleshoot problems they might encounter on their computer.

Note  You must have administrator privileges to uninstall a device or driver package by using Device Manager.

For more information about uninstalling driver and driver packages, see How Devices and Driver Packages are Uninstalled.

Uninstalling the Device

To uninstall a device by using Device Manager, follow these steps:

  1. Start Control Panel, click Hardware and Sound, and then click Device Manager.

  2. Expand the node that represents the type of device that you want to uninstall, right-click the device entry, and click Uninstall.

  3. On the Confirm Device Removal dialog box, click OK to start the uninstall process.

  4. When the uninstall process is complete, remove the device.

Note  With some devices, you might have to restart the system to complete the uninstall process. The device might continue to function until the system has been restarted.

Deleting a Driver Package from the Driver Store

On the Confirm Device Removal dialog box, click the Delete the driver software for this device option to delete the driver package that was used for the device.

Deleting the Binary Files of the Installed Driver

Device Manager cannot be used to perform this action.