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remove drivers from Windows

posted Dec 10, 2010, 1:08 AM by d graham

In the course of using windows devices it may sometimes be necesary to uninstall a driver. For example if a device is attempting to use an incompatible or obsolete driver, one may desire to remove it before installing a newer version. A most helpful tool for doing just that is called USB Deview.


If you were able to install the driver using a program, there may be an uninstaller which you can also run from a program and this is the recommended method. Go to Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs and attempt to locate the software in question. If you can find it here be sure to use the uninstaller not the method listed below. If it is not listed, proceed onwards.


All driver information on a Windows system is stored in the registry. To open the windows registry go to Start > Run > Regedit


To manually unload a DLL as service, use the command:

regsvr32 -u nameOfDLL.dll

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