Every hardware or an external device that we connect to our computer or laptop requires an additional driver to run. In our day to day life, we connect several devices to our computer as a result of which many drivers get installed on the system automatically, and many of these drivers are not compatible with our system and do not support its architecture. These outdated or corrupt drivers consume space on our system and make it slow and laggy, so it is a better option to uninstall such futile drivers.
The procedure of uninstalling drivers varies from one Windows version to another. Moreover, this task can be done manually as well as automatically with the help of third-party software. Today here in this article, I will demonstrate how to uninstall drivers on your Windows PC or laptop, I will be mentioning manual methods as well as the one with the help of third-party software. So read the article till the end to prevent any further debatability.
Drivers are very important for external devices and hardware, they are used to form a communication between the device and the system. But sometimes precarious drivers get installed to our system that is of no use, so it is a better option to uninstall such drivers.
Many people find it difficult to uninstall these drivers. I have compiled this article, where I will guide you to uninstall drivers from your computer or laptop. So without wasting any further time, let us get to the main subject.
How to Uninstall Drivers?
It is always a better option to uninstall drivers who are not in use, as they consume space and memory on our system, making it slow and less responsive. There are two methods of uninstalling a driver; it can either be uninstalled manually or automatically with the help of third-party software. Here we will discuss both the methods, so let’s get started.
How to Uninstall Drivers in Windows Manually?
As we all know, there are several versions of windows, and each of them is very distinctive from each other. Hence the procedure of uninstalling drivers is different in each version, below I have mentioned the procedure for all the versions of windows.
Uninstalling Drivers on Windows XP
Windows XP is the Windows operating system that I used at the very; first, it is one of the most used operating systems of its time, let us get to the method of uninstalling drivers in Windows XP.
- Click on the start button on the left bottom of your desktop.
- Now double click on the “Add or Remove Program” option
- Select the driver you want to remove.
- Then confirm the commands as positive and wait.
- Once done within a few seconds, the driver will be uninstalled.
Remove Drivers from Windows Vista and Windows 7
Windows Vista was launched in the early 2000s; it was the most used windows operating system of its time. And Windows 7 is my personal favorite; it is still one of the best Windows operating systems that are used by the professionals. Let us get to the method of uninstalling drivers in Windows Vista and Windows 7.
- ON the desktop right click on my computer icon.
- The next step is to click on manage.
- In the manage section click on the device manager.
- Select the driver according to the hardware
- Once selected, open its properties and uninstall the driver.
Procedure for Windows 8
Windows 8 was quite an experimental version from Microsoft, it lacked a start button. Windows 8 has mainly made for touch screen pc, but it was never able to outrank its competitor Windows 7, let us get to the method of uninstalling drivers in Windows 8.
- Right-click on the Windows icon on the bottom left corner.
- Select the device manager forms the menu.
- On the next screen, you can see all the hardware connected to the system.
- Click on the device to see the hidden drivers.
- Select the drivers you want to remove and right-click on them to uninstall.
- Once you click on the uninstall button, the driver will be uninstalled within seconds.
How to Uninstall Windows 10 Drivers Manually?
This is the latest version of Windows; it is one of the best Windows operating systems from Microsoft. The very important thing Start Button that was missing in Windows 8 got restored in Windows 10; let us get to the method of uninstalling drivers in Windows 10.
- Go to the bottom search bar situated on the taskbar.
- Search for the Device Manager.
- In the device manager, you can see all the attached hardware and devices.
- Click on a device to see its drivers
- Select the driver you want to remove and then click on uninstall.
- The driver will be deleted in seconds.
How to Uninstall Drivers on Windows 10 Automatically?
Manually uninstalling a driver can be a hectic and laborious task; any many people may find it difficult to remove drivers manually. To make your work easier, there are many third-party software that will help you with this task. Such software helps us to download, update and uninstall drivers compatible with the hardware and your system; there are several such software available in the market premium as well as free you can download the one you want.
If you are having trouble removing drivers manually, then I will suggest you download one of the best driver updater software. Most of the driver updaters will automatically remove or uninstall useless/outdated or corrupt drivers from your Windows PC.
Drivers are the basic need of an external device or hardware that is connected to a computer or a laptop; the driver helps an external device to communicate with the system. Sometimes we download drivers that are not compatible with the architecture of our system, and external devices no longer use some old drivers. We should remove the drivers not in use as they consume space and memory on our system, making it laggy and slow.
Today in this article, I have demonstrated how to uninstall drivers on Windows, where I have mentioned manual as well as the automatic method of uninstalling drivers.
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