How to Roll Back a Device Driver in Device Manager

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This will show you how to restore the driver for a device to the previous version if you encounter problems with your computer or device after updating to that driver version.

You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps.





Here's How:
NOTE: I will use a graphics card (display adapter) as an example in this tutorial.
1. Open the Control Panel (Classic View-Vista) or (Icons View-Windows 7).

2. Click on the Device Manager icon.

3. If prompted by UAC, then click on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7).

4. Click on the + sign next to the device that you want to roll back the driver of to expand it. (see screenshot below step 5)

5. Right click on the listed device and click on Properties.
Device Manager - Roll Back Driver-step1.jpg
6. Click on the Driver tab. (see screenshots below step 7)

7. Click on the Roll Back Driver button. (see left screenshot below)
NOTE: If there are no previous version of the driver installed for the selected device, the Roll Back Driver button will be grayed out. (see the right screenshot below) You will not be able to roll back to a previous driver version in this case.
Device Manager - Roll Back Driver-step2.jpgDevice Manager - Roll Back Driver-step3.jpg
8. Click on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The driver will now be rolled back to the previous version.
Device Manager - Roll Back Driver-step4.jpg
9. Restart the computer.
NOTE: If rolling back to the previous driver version did not help, then check at the device manufacturer's website to try the latest, or previous, driver version available for download.
That's it,
Shawn