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    Ghost Devices & Drivers
    How to make Ghost Devices and Drivers Visible in Device Manager
    Published by dmex is offline
    22 Jun 2008
    Ghost Devices & Drivers

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    This Tutorial will show how to make Ghost Devices you have removed from your Computer and Drivers used by programs Visible in Device Manager along with many other Ghost Devices and Drivers used by utilities and Applications within Vista, This will free up a bit of memory and stop any possible Conflicts between Devices while clearing out old devices that are no longer used.


    Step 1
    Right-Click Computer in your Start Menu and open Properties



    Step 2
    You can now see Basic Information about your Computer, on the left click Advanced System Settings



    Step 3
    You will now see a System Properties window automatically opened to the Advanced Tab, Just click the Environment Variables button located at the bottom.



    Step 4
    Under User Variables click New


    Create a Variable name called devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices With a Variable Valve of 1



    Click OK when Done.

    Step 5


    You will now see this entry appear under your User Variables at the top, Once you confirm it has been entered correctly just click OK on the Environment Variables Window then again on the System Properties Window.

    Step 6
    Open your Start-Menu again and right-click Computer and open Manage



    Step 7
    Select Device Manager found on the left, then at the top click View > Show Hidden Devices


    warning   Warning

    Do Not Delete any Generic Volume Shadow Copy Drivers or Non-Plug and Play Devices without Checking what their functions are or some programs and utilities will fail.


    Alternatively use this Simple Device Manager


    You can now see ghost Drivers and Devices by expanding the Groups in Device Manager, They will appear faded compared to other drivers.

    Your have now Successfully made hidden and unused Devices Visible in Device Manager.

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    Re: Ghost Devices & Drivers

    great tutorial saved me a lot of heart ache, my only problem is that it still does not help me. Let me explain, every so often my system close down unexpectedly. The sevice control manager shows a system failure with the following boot start or system-start driver failed to load " i8042prt", this is supposed to be driver controls for keyboard and PS/2 compatable mouse for the intel 8042 controler.
    I am using a microsoft whireless multimedia keyboard 1.1 and optical mouse 2000.
    in showing hidden devices, there are no groups to expand!!!!
    can you point me in a direction to follow, i have windows vista buisness sp1 and office sbo 2007

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    Re: Ghost Devices & Drivers

    Hello Alexanderd,

    Microsoft has recently released the 6.3 versions of the IntelliType and IntelliPoint drivers. You might see if they may work better for you.

    http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/do...sta_32&lang=en

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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    Re: Ghost Devices & Drivers

    The fault I get is so intermittent, it could be 1 month before it happens again. I will have to wait and see.
    thank you for your quick reply

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    Re: Ghost Devices & Drivers

    Your welcome Alexanderd. I hope it sorts itself out for you.

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    Re: Ghost Devices & Drivers

    having downloaded and installed the update only time will tell

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    Re: Ghost Devices & Drivers

    This may not be the place for this issue, but since it is already started, I'll continue.
    I have the same problem everytime I boot; the i8042prt driver fails to load. Running a bootlog confirms this failure, yet I can find the driver in the folder it is supposed to be. I have had it for a very long time, but I do not really think it is causing any problems. Would like to get rid of it at some point anyway. My guess is it appeared at a time I could not get my Bluetooth keybord to work when trying to log on. Had a PS2 keyboard and logged on with that; it has now gone for recycling and I am dependent on bluetooth. So, by today, I am a wizard on bluetooth keyboards, and always manage to log on, no matter what. Last time I got it running by hitting it with my head.

    Anyway, ever since, I have had this error when starting. It has puzzled me, as I cannot find this driver for any of the 5 (!) mysterious keyboard entries I have in my Device Manager (2 HID Keyboard Devices, MS eHome MCIR 109 Keyboard, MS eHome MCIR Keyboard and MS eHome Remote Control Keyboard keys). None of them seem to be using the failing driver.

    If I show the hidden devices in the Device Manager, an entry "Terminal Server Keyboard Driver" turns up under System Devices. This one use i.a. the i8042prt.sys driver. This also show in the dxdiag (thanks for the tutorials helping me find it).

    So what is the "Terminal Server Keyboard Driver" and anybody having a suggestion how to fix the error?

    alexanderd, are you still around, and did you find any solution?

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    thank you, thank you, thank you, this was driving me nuts. I couldn't get rid of old ghost router in devices and printers for the life of me. this worked beautifully on windows 7. question though. do I leave the new variable that I made during this process or go back in and delete that variable? thank you

    oh man, I was just looking at all the ghost items. this computer used to have a amd radion graphics card on it, now I've installed a NVidia gtx. would it be ok to uninstall the ghost amd graphics card off of this computer you think?

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    Re: Ghost Devices & Drivers

    Hello Justin,

    Yes, you can delete the variable after finishing if you like.

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    Re: Ghost Devices & Drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Justin,

    Yes, you can delete the variable after finishing if you like.
    thank you again brink!! one more question, on those devices I now can see. one of them is my old radion grahpics card. can I delete that as well? thanks again

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