How to Roll Back a Driver in Windows

Updating a driver on your PC does not always work well. Sometimes they introduce bugs or just do not work as well as the version they replaced. Fortunately, Windows makes it easy to restore a previous driver under Windows 10. Here's how.

Although driver updates are generally good, this is not always the case. Often, updated versions introduce new features or fix bugs, but they sometimes bring new problems. These problems can range from poor performance to strange behavior, to bugs blocking the system. As a general rule, we recommend that you do not update the drivers unless you have particular problems or need specific features that you know the update fixes or includes. In other words, do not correct what is not broken. However, you will sometimes want to install new drivers and try your luck. Here's how to recover when this chance is not working.

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How to roll back a driver

When you restore a driver, Windows uninstalls the current driver and then reinstalls the previous version. Note that Windows retains the previous version of the drivers for this purpose only, but only the previous version. It does not keep an archive of even the oldest drivers to select.

Note: You must be logged into an account with administrator privileges to restore a driver. In addition, the feature is not available for printer drivers.

As with any other procedure of this type, we recommend back up your PC before you start

Open Device Manager by tapping Windows + X, and then clicking the "Device Manager" option on the Preferred Users menu.

choose Device Manager from the Power Users menu

In the Device Manager window, find the device that is causing you a problem (you may need to expand a category), right-click it, and click the "Properties" command.

Right-click the device, and then click the properties.

Click the Driver tab at the top of the window, and then click "Back to the previous version".

Click the device, and then roll back

Windows warns you and asks why you are returning to a previous driver. Click on an answer and click on "Yes". If you feel the need, you can leave a detailed answer in the Tell Us More box at the bottom of the window.

Windows does ask if you are sure you want

Windows then automatically restores your driver to the previous version, which could take between 5 and 10 minutes, depending on the size of the driver. Video card drivers are much larger and take longer to go back. Your computer may restart, after which your computer will run the previous version of the driver.

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