How to Remove an Audio Device Driver in Windows 7


Device drivers are used to provide a common interface between software applications, and the many different types of hardware available. Some device drivers can be difficult to track down, with a number of different versions available, and you may find that the installed driver does not work correctly. In this case, the current driver should be removed before a new driver is installed and tested. All of the device drivers installed on the computer can be accessed through the Windows Device Manager.

  • Click on the Windows "Start" button and click "Control Panel" to launch.

  • Click "Hardware and Sound," and then click "Device Manager" in the "Devices and Printers" section. The Device Manager opens showing a tree view of all the different types of hardware installed.

  • Click on the "Sound, Video and Game Controller" branch to expand. Installed audio device drivers will be displayed.

  • Right-click on the audio device driver you want to remove, and click "Uninstall" from the menu that appears.

  • Click "OK" to confirm that you want to remove the device driver. You may then be prompted to restart the computer, which should be done to allow the driver to be fully uninstalled.

Tips & Warnings

  • Click on "View," then "Show Hidden Devices" if a device driver is not initially displayed.

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