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Uninstalling Programs on External Hard Drive (Win 10), Then Re-Use


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#1 wangson

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 03:15 PM

I had a working notebook until I installed a video driver causing my Win 10 to have black screen with no cursor. I tried working blind to get my computer working but no success.

 

So in the end I bought an external hard drive enclosure. What I am going to do is take out my notebook's hard drive and put in the enclosure and try to retrieve my files.  

 

Now here's my question: while my hard drive is in the enclosure, is there anyway to uninstall the driver software (maybe a uninstall software or just simply delete the driver folder in the c:/programs folder), and then re-put the hard drive from enclosure into my notebook and run it like normally (that way I don't have to re-install windows)?



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 04:06 PM

You can use AutoRuns in offline mode to disable any video driver or Service by unchecking the box next to the entry.

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/school/sysinternals-pro/lesson6/all/

 

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Analyze an Offline System (As in Hooking Up a Hard Drive to Another PC)


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#3 wangson

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 05:05 PM

You can use AutoRuns in offline mode to disable any video driver or Service by unchecking the box next to the entry.

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/school/sysinternals-pro/lesson6/all/

 

See the heading

 

Analyze an Offline System (As in Hooking Up a Hard Drive to Another PC)

 

So hook up the enclosure, run Autoruns, disable the video drivers, save the settings, then re-put the hard drive into notebook and hope it works again?



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Posted 18 May 2016 - 05:17 PM

Yes, If it works then you can uninstall the video driver normally and if the items you unchecked are still in Autoruns you can remove them by highlighting and pressing the red X.



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Posted 25 May 2016 - 10:45 PM

Yes, If it works then you can uninstall the video driver normally and if the items you unchecked are still in Autoruns you can remove them by highlighting and pressing the red X.

I tried Autoruns, But I can't seem to access my external hard drive. Even if I select System Root and User Profile as the external hard drive, The search results are still my main computer.



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Posted 26 May 2016 - 07:10 AM

For System Root you browsed to X:\Windows where X is the letter of your external drive? And for profile X:\Users\<your name>? If you did that then I am not sure what the issue is. 



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Posted 30 May 2016 - 08:20 PM

Thanks your for help guys. Unfortunately, in the end I just re-installed Windows.

 

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