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How to remove drivers in Windows 10?


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#1 sjf99

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 07:23 PM

I think this is a relatively simple question.  I am replacing my USB WiFi adapter with a new WiFi adapter.  Different make, model, etc.  What is the best way to remove the old drivers associated with that particular WiFi adapter I will replacing?  Is this something I even need to be concerned about?  Thanks in advance.

 

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 08:01 PM

Right click the Device in Device Manager and select Uninstall.

 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/drivers/install/using-device-manager-to-uninstall-devices-and-driver-packages



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Posted 02 June 2018 - 08:46 PM

Thanks JohnC_21



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Posted 02 June 2018 - 08:59 PM

Your Welcome.  :)



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Posted 02 June 2018 - 09:44 PM

I land on the "you don't need to worry" side, particularly if you're using an entirely different make and model.

 

I've never had a USB WiFi not be "plug n' play" and I have used different ones in succession on the same machine.


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     . . . the presumption of innocence, while essential in the legal realm, does not mean the elimination of common sense outside it.  The willing suspension of disbelief has its limits, or should.

    ~ Ruth Marcus,  November 10, 2017, in Washington Post article, Bannon is right: It’s no coincidence The Post broke the Moore story


 

 

 

              

 


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Posted 02 June 2018 - 10:11 PM

Thanks britechguy.  I get what you are saying, but would it still have merit as a general "cleanup activity" at the least (i.e. nothing left behind that isn't needed)?



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Posted 02 June 2018 - 10:16 PM

Thanks britechguy.  I get what you are saying, but would it still have merit as a general "cleanup activity" at the least (i.e. nothing left behind that isn't needed)?

 

Given the little amount of space device drivers take, this is the very, very lowest on my "needs to be cleaned up" list.

 

That doesn't mean it shouldn't be elsewhere on yours.  It's just something that I am really unconcerned about as a general rule.


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     . . . the presumption of innocence, while essential in the legal realm, does not mean the elimination of common sense outside it.  The willing suspension of disbelief has its limits, or should.

    ~ Ruth Marcus,  November 10, 2017, in Washington Post article, Bannon is right: It’s no coincidence The Post broke the Moore story


 

 

 

              

 


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Posted 05 June 2018 - 04:16 AM

DriverStore Explorer has got a nice option to remove older driver packages.



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Posted 05 June 2018 - 07:05 AM

Thanks eLPuSHeR



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Posted 05 June 2018 - 12:18 PM

You are welcome.






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