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#1 TheSentinel


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Posted 16 December 2011 - 09:37 AM

How to Uninstall Drivers in Windows
If your computer is acting up, hardware drivers may be to blame. Learn how to roll back or even uninstall driver software with this handy guide.

By Michael King, PCWorld Dec 15, 2011 12:00 am

Installing drivers can be a hair-raising adventure, even on today?s modern operating systems. These finicky pieces of code act as the middleman between your PC's hardware and its operating system. Although they install with ease just like any other software, they integrate deeply into the OS, sinking their teeth into areas most other software doesn?t go near. Most of the time the driver installation process is simple, seamless, and transparent to you, as it should be.

On those occasions when things go wrong, however, they can go really wrong, and even crash your entire computer. For example, when Microsoft's Windows Vista came out in 2007, critics lambasted it for being slow and prone to crashing; Microsoft investigated the causes and found that a majority of crashes were due to driver issues.

Thankfully, when you prepare yourself for battle with a problematic driver, you have a couple of tricks that can help. Microsoft has introduced an easy way to roll back to a previous (and, you hope, more stable) version of the driver, or remove it from the system altogether, giving you a clean slate to try again or install a different version.

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