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How to Roll Back a Driver in Windows

Updated: Mar 23, 2023

You may want to roll back your driver in Windows if you experience issues or problems after updating a driver. Rolling back a driver can help to restore the previous driver version, which may be more stable and compatible with your system and can help to resolve any issues caused by the updated driver. Here we will guide you on how to Roll Back a Driver in Windows.

While driver updates generally go pretty well, that’s not always the case. Often, updated versions introduce new features or fix bugs, but sometimes they bring new problems of their own. Those problems can range from poor performance to odd behaviour to system-crashing bugs. Generally, we don’t recommend updating drivers unless you’re experiencing particular problems or need specific features that you know the update fixes or includes. In other words, don’t fix what isn’t broken. Still, sometimes you’ll want to install new drivers and take a chance. Here’s how to recover when that chance doesn’t pay off.

How to Roll Back a Driver in Windows

When you roll back a driver, Windows uninstalls the current driver and then re-installs the previous version. Note that Windows keeps the previous version of drivers around for just this purpose, but only the previous version—it does not keep an archive of even older drivers for you to select.

Note: You’ll need to be signed into an account with administrator privileges to roll back a driver. Also, the feature is not available for printer drivers.

As with any other such procedure, we do recommend backing up your PC before getting started.

STEP 1: Press the Windows key + R. Select the "Device Manager" option.

STEP 2: In the Device Manager window, find the device that’s causing you problems (you might have to expand a category), right-click the device, and then click the “Properties” command.

STEP 3: Go to the Driver tab at the top of the window, and then click “Roll Back Driver.”

STEP 4: Windows prompts with a warning and asks you why you’re rolling back to a previous driver.

STEP 5: Select a response and then click “Yes.”

You can also leave a detailed response in the 'Tell Us More' field, located at the bottom of the window.

Windows then automatically restores your driver to the previous version, which could take up to 5-10 minutes, depending on the size of the driver. Video card drivers are much larger and take longer to roll back. Your PC might restart, after which your computer will be running the previous version driver.


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