Windows 7: Remove obsolete/inactive drivers

December 2016

You have replaced several components of your PC and as result your system still contains obsolete/inactive drivers. Here's how to remove them:

Enable the display of hidden or inactive drivers

  • Open a Command Prompt (Start > Run > cmd)
  • Type the following command and press Enter: set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1

View and remove the hidden drivers

  • Open the Device manager (Start > Run > devmgmt.msc)
  • Click on the View Tab > Show hidden devices.
  • From there simply locate the obsolete drivers > Right-click > Uninstall.

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