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LINK 46: Removing Unwanted Device Drivers

Postby Martin Walker » Thu May 26, 2005 1:01 pm

Most hardware devices you use with your PC require drivers — but what happens to them and their associated files when you change the hardware or update to new drivers? Unfortunately, they hang about in various locations, cluttering your hard drive and storing up problems for the future. We explain how to make a clean sweep and get rid of them once and for all.


Introduction - problems, Windows generic drivers, using the most up-to-date drivers.

Problems, Problems - why drivers are so important, possible conflicts, driver installation and removal problems.

Non-driver Difficulties - how to rule out simpler problems before blaming them on drivers.

Installing The Latest Drivers - when and when not to update them, and what to expect as a result.

Uninstalling Drivers - the problems caused by lurking redundant drivers, simple and thorough ways to remove drivers.

Unwanted Control panel Entries - how to remove any left behind after a driver uninstall.

Updating Existing Drivers - the safest approach, intelligent belts-and-braces install routines.

Unwanted Startup Routines - how to selectively disable or remove them.

Uninstalling By Hand - hidden Device Manager entries, the 10-entry Device Driver Limit.

Redundant INF Files - removing those associated with long-gone hardware.

Leftovers - cleaning out the Registry using freeware RegSeeker.
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