Device drivers are programs that allow Windows to communicate with your hardware devices. Without them, the computer will fail to function on some internal components. If one of these device drivers on your PC is causing the problem. You may want to remove it entirely.
Windows 11 makes it reasonably easy to remove unwanted device drivers. You Device Manager, Settings app; You can uninstall the driver from Control Panel or Command Prompt terminal. We will show you in detail how to use them all.
1. Uninstall Drivers using Device Manager.
Device Manager is a handy utility that lets you manage the various hardware devices installed on your system. You can also use it to easily uninstall a driver from your computer. How to do that?
Step 1: Right-click on the Start icon or press Windows key + X to open the Power User menu. Then select Device Manager from the list.
Step 2: In the Device Manager window, Find the driver you want to remove. Right-click on it and select Uninstall device.
Step 3: Select Uninstall when it appears.
After completing the steps, Your computer will remove the notorious driver from your PC.
2. Uninstall Drivers via Settings app.
Another option for uninstalling drivers in Windows 11 is to use the Settings app. It’s as simple as uninstalling an app from Windows. Here are the steps you can follow.
Step 1: Open the Start Menu and tap the gear-shaped icon to launch the Settings app. Alternatively, you can press Windows key + I to achieve the same.
Step 2: Use the left panel to go to the Apps tab. Then tap on Installed apps.
Step 3: Scroll down or use the search bar at the top to find the driver you want to remove. Click the three-dot menu icon next to it and select Uninstall.
Step 4: Select Uninstall to confirm again.
3. Uninstall Drivers with Control Panel.
Microsoft intends to retire the Control Panel soon, but it’s still a popular option for making system-level changes in Windows. If you are a veteran Windows user who loves the Control Panel; You can use the following steps to uninstall the device driver.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog. hit control Press Enter in the field.
Step 2: Use the drop-down menu in the upper right corner to change the view type to small or large icons. Then click on Programs and Features.
Step 3: Find and select the unwanted driver from the list. Then click on the Uninstall option at the top.
Step 4: When the User Account Control (UAC) prompt appears, select Yes.
Follow the on-screen prompts to remove the driver from there.
4. Uninstall Drivers with Command Prompt.
Command Prompt is one of two command-line interpreters available in Windows. If you’re a terminal geek; You can open batch files; Command Prompt is now used to troubleshoot system problems and perform many other tasks. But did you know that you can also use it to uninstall a driver from your Windows PC? How do you do it?
Step 1: Click the search icon on the taskbar or press Windows key + S to open the search menu. hit cmd Select Run as administrator in the search box.
Step 2: When the User Account Control (UAC) prompt appears, select Yes.
Step 3: Paste the following command and press Enter to see the list of drivers available on your PC.
Dism /online /Get-Drivers /Format:Table
Step 4: Note the published name of the driver you want to uninstall.
Step 5: Finally, run the following command to remove the driver.
pnputil /delete-driver [Published Name] /uninstall /force
Replace it. [Published Name] with the name mentioned in the last step in the command above.
In the following example, We try to remove the Samsung Electronics Modem driver. So this is the command we use
pnputil /delete-driver oem52.inf /uninstall /force
After running the above command, Windows will remove the specified driver from your PC. Similarly, If you want to uninstall additional drivers, you can use the above command.
Remove the unwanted.
Your Windows 11 PC may contain drivers for devices you no longer use. It’s important to remove old or unused drivers so your system runs smoothly. Fortunately, Windows 11 offers several ways to uninstall device drivers. Let us know which method you use in the comments section below.