Drivers are crucial components that allow your PC’s operating system to communicate instructions to software programs and hardware devices. Since Microsoft regularly rolls out updates for the Windows operating system, you need to ensure that your drivers are keeping up with the improvements. Otherwise, your computer will encounter various issues that will prevent it from functioning properly.
However, there are some cases wherein a driver update causes more problems than enhancements. Sometimes, new drivers come with bugs or they do not perform as well as the version they replaced. Thankfully, it is easy to go back to that older version. So, it would be useful for you to learn how to roll back a driver in Windows 10.
How to Roll Back to a Previous Driver in Windows 10
Once you roll back a driver, your operating system will remove the current version from your computer, then re-install the older version. It is worth noting that Windows stores the previous versions of your drivers for this purpose. However, it does not keep copies of even older versions of the drivers. So, your only option is the version preceding the current one.
Here are the instructions for rolling back your drivers:
- Sign into a user account with administrator privileges. Create a backup of your PC before proceeding to the next step.
- On your keyboard, press Windows Key+X.
- Select Device Manager from the Power User options.
- Once the Device Manager is up, look for the item that is causing issues. Remember to expand the categories to see the devices they house.
- Once you’ve found the device, right-click it, then select Properties.
- Go to the Driver tab, then select Roll Back Driver.
- You will see a system warning, asking you why you are rolling back your driver to an older version.
- Choose a response, then click ‘Yes.’ You can also write down comments in the Tell Us More field at the bottom of the window.
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There are many reasons why a recently updated driver is causing problems. It is possible that malware has found its way into your PC, corrupting the drivers. So, to protect your drivers from threats and attacks, we recommend Auslogics Anti-Malware. This tool will detect malicious programs that may be running in the background. This way, you can prevent malware and viruses from corrupting or damaging your device drivers.
On the other hand, if you want to avoid making mistakes when updating your drivers, we recommend that you automate the process and use Auslogics Driver Updater. This software program will update all your drivers to their latest, manufacturer-recommended versions. By using Auslogics Driver Updater, you won’t have to worry about having drivers that cause problems and crashes.
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