How to roll back a device driver on Windows 10

Although Windows 10 users receive driver updates frequently to improve performance and stability, address bugs, and introduce new features, sometimes updates roll out with compatibility issues and unknown problems that can negatively affect your experience.

You may come across a driver issue after updating the graphics adapter to the latest NVIDIA release. Or after installing the newest driver for your network or sound adapter, or any other piece of hardware. Thankfully, you can use the "Roll Back Driver" feature to revert the changes and run your computer with a previous version of a device driver, using Device Manager.

In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the steps to quickly remove and restore a previous version of a driver on your device.

How to quickly reinstall an older driver on Windows 10

To roll back a device driver to a previous version on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Device Manager and click the top result to open the experience.
  3. Expand the category with the device that you want to roll back.
  4. Right-click the device, and select the Properties option.

Device Manager driver properties (Image credit: Windows Central)
  1. Click the Driver tab.
  2. Click the Roll Back Driver button.

Device Manager rollback driver

Device Manager rollback driver (Image credit: Windows Central)
  1. Select a reason why you're rolling back (you can select any option).

Reason to roll back driver

Reason to roll back driver (Image credit: Windows Central)
  1. Click the Yes button to confirm.
  2. Restart your computer.

Once you complete these steps, Windows 10 will uninstall the device, and the previous driver will be restored.

If the Roll Back Driver button isn't available, Windows 10 doesn't have any previous driver to roll back to. If this is the case, you'll need to uninstall the device, download an older version of the driver from your manufacturer's support website, and use their instructions to install the controller. (You can always use this guide to properly install a device driver on Windows 10.)

Although this guide is focused on Windows 10, the ability to roll back drivers has been around for a long time, which means that you can also use these steps on Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.

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Mauro Huculak

Mauro Huculak has been a Windows How-To Expert contributor for for nearly a decade and has over 15 years of experience writing comprehensive guides. He also has an IT background and has achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, VMware, and CompTIA. He has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years.