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How To Remove Devices From Your Device Manager in Windows 7

Scan For Hardware Changes Device Manager

If one of your devices is not working properly, it’s usually a good idea to remove it from the device manager.

1. Step Open the device manager, you can simply enter “device manager” into the search bar on your Start menu:

Searching Device Manager

2. Step Uncollapse the type of device that you want to remove, e.g. Disk drives, Display adapters, Network adapters

3. Step When you remove a network adapter, you should know what your main adapter is

Uncollapse Network Adapters

4. Step Now right-click on the device and click on Uninstall

Uninstall Remove Device From Device Manager

5. Step The computer will remove the device now.

6. Step If you right-click on your username at the top and select Scan for hardware changes, Windows 7 will automatically detect that the device was removed and it will re-add it along with re-installing the necessary Windows drivers

Scan For Hardware Changes Device Manager

The device may now work properly again. If removing the device does not help, you should try finding a driver on the manufacturer website rather than using a Windows driver

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Published: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 Last Modified: March 28, 2012

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