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Uninstalling a driver can accidentally cause critical system problems such as blue screen, device not working, and system crash. So, you should be very careful to check if the name and version of a driver is the right one that you want to uninstall. Besides, in order to reduce the risk of an unexpected problem during the driver uninstallation, we recommend you to create a system restore point and backup the driver before uninstalling a driver.
Note: Way 01 & Way 02 are both manual methods and require certain computer knowledge to compete the driver uninstalling. For those who are not experienced, prefer an automatic solution or want to avoid any unexpected problems, please directly move to Way 03.
Graphics card driver
Network adapter driver
Wi-Fi card driver
Audio device driver
USB device driver
Printer adapter driver
Game Ready driver
Device Manager is a Windows’ built-in tool to help users manage all devices that are currently connected to the computer. You can use Device Manager to remove unwanted devices and uninstall device drivers. By default, Device Manager does not show all devices and some are meant to be hidden by Windows. For readers who want to check hidden devices, we will also show you how to operate in Windows 10 in this method.
Aside from Way 01, Windows offers another built-in tool which allows users to uninstall drivers through “Uninstall a program”. You can check all currently used drivers here, including display drivers, audio drivers and network drivers, etc. This method will show you how to uninstall a problematic Nvidia graphics driver step by step.
There’re many driver-related tool in the market to help Windows users to deal with driver issues, such as updating drivers, fixing device problems, uninstalling display drivers, backing up drivers. Third-party driver tools offer easier solutions to uninstall drivers and make it easy to update drivers and fix common PC problems.
In Way 03, 04, 05, we will talk about 3 tools which offer the driver uninstalling function.
Particularly worth mentioning is that you may install some unnecessary driver components when you install a driver. Nowadays, many majoy driver manufacturers offer bundled components with the driver installer. In order to avoid install something unwanted on your computer, Driver Booster can help users install and update clean drivers without any bundles and uninstall unwanted drivers easily.
Driver Booster is a free driver updater tool from IObit. Driver Booster offers ‘Uninstall Driver’ feature to help users remove any unwanted drivers, including problematic Nvidia graphic drivers. It can detect old, outdated, missing and problematic driver and install the latest drivers directly from driver vendors. Driver backup and system restore features are also offered.
Driver Easy is a driver updating tool that also offers “Driver Uninstall” feature to help users remove unwanted drivers. As a driver updater tool, it also can detect and update outdated drivers, backup and restore drivers, and check system information. But many features are only available to PRO users including driver uninstalling.
Display Driver Uninstaller DDU is a driver removal tool that can help you uninstall AMD, NVIDIA and Intel graphics card drivers, Realtek audio driver from your system. It’s not like driver updater tool such as Driver Booster or Driver Easy mentioned above. Display Driver Uninstaller DDU can only uninstall drivers but can’t help users download and install drivers.