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Windows 7: How do I uninstall a windows driver permanantly?


21 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
How do I uninstall a windows driver permanantly?

I have a USB 706 controller for PC. When I plug the controller into my USB Port windows has installed the windows driver for this controller. I do not wish to use this driver at all being I have the drivers disk to the controller. I have uninstalled the default windows driver in the device manager. Did the scan for hardware changes and it still uses the default windows driver. I would really like to use the driver that came with the controller and not the default windows driver.

The windows driver makes my controller read as a steering wheel in the latest Need for Speed The Run game. And its driving me crazy. Please let me know.

Thanks.

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21 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

How is the driver from the manufacturer packaged? There are 2 ways to install this driver (it should automatically replace the Microsoft driver)

1. By running the setup file on the manufacturers disk and restarting the computer.
2. By gong into the device manager and selecting the controller and updating its driver from there. You will not be able to do this with an .exe file the driver files will need to "unpacked".

Edit: When updating from the device manager I always browse for the driver manually to make sure the one I want is selected.
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21 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I dont even get a chance to install the driver on my own. Windows installs the driver automatically before i get a chance to install from the disk....But today I installed the driver from the disk before plugging in the controller and windows still installed the windows driver after i plugged in the controller....which makes no sense at all.
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21 Nov 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If the manufacturers driver is unsigned, windows will always default to microsofts signed driver. You can install a new driver while the other driver still installed. It will be replaced.

Plug in the controller (please use the same USB port each time)

Let windows install the driver if it needs to, although it should already be there.
Open the device manager
Right click on your controller in the list and select properties
Click the "Driver" tab at the top of the properties screen
Click the update driver button
Browse for the driver manually and install it.

Please report back any error messages.
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21 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have done this and windows states the driver is currently up to date.
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21 Nov 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I'd be inclined to just install the manufacturer's driver, choosing a custom install if it offers it.

Doing that you sometimes are given the option of uninstalling the old driver, and then carrying a clean install of the new one.
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22 Nov 2011   #7

Windows 7 64 bit SP1
 
 

Have you gone to the device manager, chosen the device's properties menu, select uninstall. It should ask you if you want to uninstall the driver software. Choose yes then OK.
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22 Nov 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GeneO View Post
Have you gone to the device manager, chosen the device's properties menu, select uninstall. It should ask you if you want to uninstall the driver software. Choose yes then OK.
If you read the post accurately it states that i uninstalled it from device manager.
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23 Nov 2011   #9

Windows 7 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by majicninja View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GeneO View Post
Have you gone to the device manager, chosen the device's properties menu, select uninstall. It should ask you if you want to uninstall the driver software. Choose yes then OK.
If you read the post accurately it states that i uninstalled it from device manager.

I read your post accurately. My point was did you select to "delete the driver software for this device" when you did so?

If you still have problems, in the device manager, choose update driver, choose location, and point it to the disc or disk where you have the manufacturers driver and inf file.
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23 Nov 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

yes i did...the post states that.
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