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To rewind a driver in Windows



Updating a driver on your computer does not always work well. Sometimes they present bugs or run not only as much as the version they replace. Fortunately, Windows makes it easy to roll back to a previous Windows 10 driver.

While driver updates generally go pretty well, this is not always the case. Often updated versions introduce new features or fix bugs, but sometimes they give new problems by themselves. These problems can range from poor performance to odd behavior to system crashing errors. In general, we do not recommend updating drivers unless you experience particular problems or require specific features that you know the update addresses or includes. In other words, do not fix what is not broken. Still, sometimes you want to install new drivers and take the chance. Here's how to restore when that chance doesn't pay off.

RELATED: When do you need to update your drivers?

How to roll back a driver

When you roll back a driver, Windows uninstalls the current driver and then reinstalls the previous version. Note that Windows keeps the previous version of the drivers around for this particular purpose, but only the previous version. It does not contain an archive of even older drivers for you to choose.

Note! You will have to be logged into an account with administrator privileges to roll back a driver. This feature is not available for printer drivers.

As with any other such, we recommend that you back up your computer before you begin.

Open the Device Manager by tapping Windows + X and then clicking "Device Manager" in the Power Users menu.

 select device manager from the user menu

In the Device Manager window, you find the device that causes problems (you may need to expand a category), right-click the device, and then click the "Properties" command.

 Right-click the device and then click properties

Click the Driver tab at the top of the window and then click "Roll Back Driver."

 Click on Device and scroll back

Windows asks a warning and asks you why you roll back to a previous driver. Click on an answer and then click "Yes". If you feel the need, you can provide a detailed answer in the Tell us More field, located at the bottom of the window.

 Windows asks if you are sure you want

Windows automatically restores your driver to the previous version, which can take up to 5-10 minutes, depending on the driver's size. Video card drivers are much larger and take longer to roll back.

RELATED: How to uninstall and block updates and drivers on Windows 10


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