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:
- Open Start.
- Search for Device Manager and click the top result to open the experience.
- Expand the category with the device that you want to roll back.
- Right-click the device, and select the Properties option.
- Click the Driver tab.
- Click the Roll Back Driver button.
- Select a reason why you're rolling back (you can select any option).
- Click the Yes button to confirm.
- 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.
More Windows 10 resources
For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10, visit the following resources:
- Windows 10 on Windows Central – All you need to know
- Windows 10 help, tips, and tricks
- Windows 10 forums on Windows Central
Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.
On the insider builds (19H1), sadly the Realtek driver for the HP Spectre x360 and other laptops causes win10 to freeze. The same exact drivers worked fine in 1809 and earlier. It isn't a driver problem, its an OS problem.
For years Windows 10 changes my trackpad driver on a laptop I have with something that doesn’t work each time I install the new version of Windows twice a year. With that driver not only the trackpad doesn’t work but the keyboard neither. Always have to rollback. Apparently a lot of people have issues with it, I can’t remember the name at the moment but how come Microsoft doesn’t fix this...
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