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Windows 7: Remove Ghost Devices - Device Manager

19 Jan 2014   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
Remove Ghost Devices - Device Manager


When Windows is configured to show ghosted devices (non-present devices) it shows a number of missing devices - at least on my machine. So my question is how to decide what to remove in order to improve boot time?

I've managed to figure out that the Avast legacy driver entries are okay to remove along with a few other entries that were related to previously installed software. It seems that Avast's own aswclear removal tool left them behind!

Anyway, currently system restore is disabled on my machine (I make system image backups) and I see numerous entries under "Storage Volume Shadow Copies" and "Storage Volumes" - is it safe to remove these? Is there any way that "Storage Volumes" could be related to encrypted drives?

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19 Jan 2014   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1


I decided to remove non present devices - other than system devices and a couple of non plug and play devices. Rebooted and everything is ok.

Storage Volume Shadow Copies has vanished but under Storage Volumes - Generic Volumes re-appear when new drives are connected.

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