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Windows 7: Deleting a "Ghost" Driver (and removing an Event ID 7026)

13 Sep 2013   #1

Win 7 64bit ultimate
Deleting a "Ghost" Driver (and removing an Event ID 7026)

Recently, I retired an older zSAN (Zetra SAN) technology in favor of NAS (ie. replaced all the zSAN boxes with NAS). I then uninstalled the software that monitored the zSAN boxes. The zSAN "service" was removed as part of that process. The device and driver do *not* appear in "Device Manager." However, I'm still getting an Event ID 7026 at boot time indicating that:
The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load: ZetSFD.
The ZetSFD.sys file is still in the %system%\windows\System32\drivers folder. I still see references to the driver file in the registry under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\ZetSFD" (as well as ControlSet001, 002, 003 etc.). The service is no longer listed in the Services module. I imagine that because the zSAN software and the service are deleted, it's why I'm getting the Event ID.

It's not a big deal (i.e. it's not causing any system problems) other than the one error Event ID. I was just wondering if there's a more standard way to un-associate drivers like this as a boot-start or system-start driver, other than deleting the driver file/directory and/or the registry entries (reg entry deletions for me are a last resort). That is, how can I stop Windows from attempting to load this driver or recognizing it as something that needs to be loaded at boot time? All help appreciated. Thanks.

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