Microsft Windows OS gives you an opportunity to roll back the drivers to a previous build. But why will you do so in the first place? It might happen that the new version of a driver might be buggy, not having the desired features or even making your PC unstable. In those cases, the best bet is to roll back the drivers to an earlier version. The steps shown here are for Windows 10, but it should be near-about identical in all other versions as well. Moreover, also have a look at our guide to disable automatic driver updates on Windows 10.
How to Roll Back the Driver to an Earlier Build
Rolling back a driver in Windows involves uninstalling the new version and then reinstalling the earlier one. But you don’t have to do all this manually, the system will take care of this. On your end, executing a few of the below-mentioned steps is all it takes. No matter whether you’re rolling back an NVIDIA Graphics Card or an Audio Driver, steps are the same for all. Just make sure you’re using an account with administrative privileges. With that said, here are the steps to roll back drivers in Windows.
Steps to be Followed
- Head over to Device Manager on your PC. The easiest and quickest way of doing so is via the Win+X shortcut key combination. Once you press the mentioned shortcut keys, a menu will appear, select Device Manager from it.
- Now navigate to the device whose drivers you wish to roll back. Click on the arrow next to that device to expand the list.
- Right-click on that device and select Properties.
- Next, under the Drivers tab, look out for the Roll Back Driver option on your Windows PC. On the other hand, refer to these steps to backup and restore drivers on Windows 10.
- In the confirmation dialog box that appears, select the reason for the roll back (compulsory) and click Yes.
- Windows will now begin the process of rolling back the drivers to the previous build. The process might take some time, depending on the size of the driver.
- A System Settings Change dialog box will now appear, which says “Your hardware settings have changed. You must restart your computer for these changes to take effect. Do you want to restart your computer now?” Click on Yes to restart your PC. Once it does, your device will be up and running with the earlier version of the driver.
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In some cases, the Roll Back Driver option in Windows might be greyed out. There could be many reasons for the same. If you are rolling back the driver for Printers, then Windows Device Manager doesn’t support that. Moreover, Windows only holds only the last previous build of any driver. If the option is greyed out, maybe Windows 10 doesn’t have any earlier builds of that driver.
So this was all about rolling back of drivers in Windows. If you still face any issues carrying out the above-mentioned steps, drop in your queries in the comments section below.