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Microsoft has discovered over the years through experience that many of the common error occur because of outdated drivers. Most users never attempt to download and install latest drivers so has now automated the process of updating popular hardware drivers in .

The new Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs latest hardware drivers via Windows and tries to keep them up to date.

Although this is a good effort to accommodate the users it still has its own flaws and after an automatic update some hardware might not work the way its suppose to and according to your need.

The good thing is if you are having problems with your latest update you can reverse it and switch to the previous version by following the steps given below.

Roll back to previous version of a driver

Method 1 of 2

Step 1: Type Device manager in the start search box and press enter to open Device Manager Window.

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You can also type devmgmt.msc in the search box or Run command box and then press enter.

Step 2: Now when the Device manager is launched, right-click on the hardware you want to reverse the version of and then click Properties.

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Step 3: Switch to Driver tab.

Step 4: Click on the button Roll Back Driver and click Yes to any confirmation dialog.

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And if the Roll Back Driver button is greyed out, it means that the previous version of the driver has been removed from your PC or the driver has not been updated. Please check Method 2 to manually install the previous version.

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In most cases, the roll back will be done in a couple of seconds. If you’re asked to reboot, please do so once.

Step 5: Once the previous version of the driver is restored, be sure to stop Windows 10 from automatically downloading the newer version of the driver (which is causing issues on your PC) again by disabling automatic driver updates.

Method 2 of 2

Sometimes the previous version of the driver is not available and the Roll Back Driver is greyed-out then you need to manually uninstall the current version of the driver and then download and install the previous version.

Step 1: Open Device manager.

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Step 2: Right-click on the device you want to uninstall the driver of, click Properties to open the same, switch to Driver tab, and then note down the version number of the driver.

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Step 3: Right-click on the device you want to uninstall the driver of, and then click Uninstall option. Please make sure that you have selected the right device.

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Step 4: Click Yes and Ok to any confirmation dialog.

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If asked to reboot please do so.

Step 5: Once the current version of the driver is uninstalled, head over to manufacturer’s website and download the previous version of the driver.

If the hardware manufacturer is not offering previous versions, a quick web search should help you in finding the download link from third-party websites. If you’re downloading from websites other than popular sites, please use the service of VirusTotal to make sure that the link and file are safe.

Step 6: Run the downloaded driver setup, follow on-screen instructions to get it installed.

 

 

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