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Device Drivers Options

On the Drivers tab of a device properties dialog box you have 5 options but the most useful one, is the Roll Back Driver option. As its name implies, using this feature you can go back to the previous working device driver. The following are the available options:-

  • Driver Details:- Display details about the driver files such as, provider and version
  • Update Driver:- Search and install the latest driver for this device
  • Roll Back Driver:- Go back to the previously installed driver – available only if a new driver was installed to replace a previous one
  • Disable:- Disables the selected device such as, when diagnosing problems and you want to temporarily deactivate some devices – disabled for some system critical devices
  • Uninstall:- Uninstall the driver and hence, removing the device from your system

drivers options

These options may become very handy when installing new drivers for hardware devices. Sometimes, when updating device drivers instead you achieve the desired results, you end up with more problems such as, software conflicts or incompatibility issues! In some special cases, for example when installing display drivers you may end-up with a blank or illegible display! Then you need to use the Last Known Good Configuration in the Advanced Boot Options.  If you cannot use the Last Known Good Configuration then you need to perform a system restore . However, if returning your system to a previous state is not an option then you would boot into Safe Mode and use the Roll Back Driver option :)

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