How to Uninstall Drivers in Windows 11

A device driver is an important component that allows the computer to detect and manage installed hardware. But sometimes installed drivers end up causing more problems than they solve.


Fortunately, you can quickly uninstall the drivers on your computer. Here are five ways to uninstall drivers in Windows 11.


When should you uninstall device drivers?

As mentioned above, a device driver is an important component that tells your computer how to communicate with the associated device. For example, to connect and use your webcam, a camera driver is needed to bridge the gap between the computer and the webcam and provide you with the result.

Without the camera driver, your webcam is just a do-nothing gadget. However, sometimes certain drivers can cause various problems on your computer. These issues can lead to device crashes and are one of the reasons why Windows sometimes freezes.

As such, if any of the installed drivers are causing problems on your system, you should uninstall them to fix the problem.

1. How to uninstall drivers using device manager

Device Manager is one of the most commonly used tools on a Windows computer. It allows you to identify unknown devices, update and uninstall drivers. You can also use it to activate or deactivate a device.

To uninstall a driver using Device Manager, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Food Menu using the Win + X keyboard shortcut.
  2. Picking out Device Manager from the menu.
  3. Double-click the category containing the device driver you want to remove.
  4. Right-click on the device and choose Uninstall device from the context menu.
  5. Click on Uninstall to the confirmation that arises.

The selected driver will be completely removed from your system.

The above steps will uninstall all device drivers except the printer driver. You can uninstall a printer driver using the other methods in this guide.

2. How to uninstall drivers using the Settings app

The Settings app is the central hub for almost all Windows settings. You can use it to manage preferences, configure the operating system, and control connected devices. The Settings app also lets you manually uninstall a device driver.

Here’s how to uninstall the drivers using the Settings app:

  1. Open the Settings app using one of the many ways to open Settings on Windows 11.
  2. Picking out apps of the left panel.
  3. Select Installed apps. Here you will find all the applications and drivers installed on your computer.
  4. Locate and click on the three points next to the driver you want to uninstall.
  5. Picking out Uninstall from the context menu.
  6. Click on Uninstall again to the confirmation box that appears.

That’s it. Restart your computer to apply the changes.

3. How to Uninstall Drivers Using Control Panel

Control Panel is an important component of Windows that allows you to manage system settings. These settings control almost everything about how your system works and looks, and you can use them to effectively configure Windows the way you want.

The Control Panel has a Program and Features section from where you can manage all installed apps and drivers. You can uninstall a device driver using Control Panel by following the steps below:

  1. Open the Run dialog box by pressing the Win + R keyboard shortcuts.
  2. In the Run search bar, type Control Panel and press Walk in.
  3. Change the Seen by at Category.
  4. Click on Programs then click Uninstall a program.
  5. Locate and right-click on the driver you wish to uninstall.
  6. Picking out Uninstall / Modify from the context menu.
  7. Click on Yes to the UAC that pops up.

Then follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall the driver on your computer.

4. How to Uninstall Drivers Using Command Prompt

The Windows Command Processor, also known as the Command Prompt, is the command-line interface of a Windows computer. It’s a way to interact with your system through text commands.

You can use the command prompt to perform various tasks, including uninstalling drivers on your computer. Here’s how:

  1. Open the The start menu by pressing the To win key.
  2. In the search bar, type Command Prompt and click on the Execute as administrator option in the right pane.
  3. Type the following command and press Enter. This command will display all third-party drivers installed on your system.
    Dism /online /Get-Drivers /Format:Table
  4. To view third-party drivers as well as your computer’s system drivers, type the following command and press Enter.
    Dism /online /Get-Drivers / all /Format:Table
  5. Note it published name of the driver you want to uninstall. For example, if you want to uninstall the NVIDIA driverthen his published name is oem28.inf.
  6. To uninstall the driver, type the following command and press Enter. Replace with the published name of the driver you wish to uninstall.
    pnputil /delete-driver  /uninstall /force

Running these commands will forcibly uninstall the driver from your computer.

The list of third-party drivers even contains the names of drivers that are no longer installed on your computer. You will get an error if you try to uninstall these drivers by following the steps above.

5. How to uninstall drivers using Autoruns

Autoruns is a system utility that displays all programs running on your computer. You can use it to close background apps, manage services, and even uninstall drivers.

Here’s how to uninstall the drivers using Autoruns:

  1. Open a browser and visit the Microsoft Autorun Page.
  2. Scroll down and click on the Download Autoruns and Autorunsc link.
  3. Extract the downloaded file.
  4. Locate and double-click Autoruns64.exe.
  5. Picking out To run from the prompt that appears. The Autoruns window will appear.
  6. Click it Drivers tongue.
  7. Locate and right-click on the driver you wish to uninstall.
  8. Picking out Wipe off from the context menu.
  9. Click on Yes at the displayed prompt.

Remove problematic drivers from Windows 11

A corrupt or problematic device driver can hamper your workflow and keep you busy all day. You can uninstall all these drivers using the above methods.

Another way to fix a corrupt or problematic driver is to download its latest update. Each update comes with new features and eliminates all driver issues.

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