How to Roll back a Driver and Restore Driver Updates

Roll back a Driver and Restore Driver Updates

The best practice when it comes to computer hardware drivers is to always keep them up to date. Usually newer versions of drivers bring with them better compatibility, more stability and sometimes new features. Why wouldn’t you want to upgrade? Because some times after upgrading you might start seeing one of these:

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Well sometimes new drivers that are released (especially BETA versions of drivers) can actually cause problems including Blue Screens, crashes and hardware malfunction. If you have found yourself in the situation where you have recently updated a driver and since then have been having problems then don’t panic, this problem can be fixed. Below I have listed two  methods for reverting back to a previous version of a driver. The first method is using the Windows Device Manager utility and the second method is using Driver Reviver, our award-winning driver update tool.

Rolling back a driver using the Windows Device Manager

The Windows Device Manager is where all pieces of hardware on your computer are listed. You can find the device you are looking for in this list to roll back to an older version of the driver that is installed for it.
Device Manager
To access the Device Manager you need to first go the the Control Panel (you can access this through the Start Menu) and then once there open ‘Device Manager’. Once you have opened the Device Manager you need to follow these steps to roll back a driver to a previous version:

    • Find the device that you think you are having trouble with, usually blue screen errors are caused by a display adapter

Display Adapter

    • Right click on the device name

Select Properties

    • Select ‘Properties’. This will, open a dialog box for that device.
    • Open the ‘driver’ tab.

Rollback Driver

    • Click on the ‘Roll Back Driver’ button.
    • This will open a warning message about rolling back the driver. You can always install the newer version again, so click ‘Yes’

Rollback Warning

  • Follow the prompts. A system restart may be required. If the problem is not fixed you can follow the same steps and click the ‘Update driver..’ button instead.

Rolling back a driver using the Driver Reviver

If you have been using Driver Reviver to keep your drivers up to date then the process for rolling back to an older version of a driver is even easier. Driver Reviver has a Backup feature that allows you to restore a previous driver in just a few easy steps. Here’s how:

    • Open Driver Reviver

Driver Reviver Home

    • Click on the ‘Backup’ tab.

Backup

    • Click ‘Start Restore’

Start Restore

    • Here you will see a list of previously created restore points. Select the one where you updated the driver which is now causing issues.

Select Restore Point

    • You will now see a list of drivers that were included in this backup. Select only the specific driver that you want to roll back. You don’t need to roll them all back. Click ‘Restore’

Select Drivers

    • You may receive the below message about the driver being unsigned. Select ‘Install this driver anyway’

Security Warning

    • And your done!

Drivers Restored Successfully

    • If you wish to not see this driver listed in scan results in the future you can run a scan with Driver Reviver after restoring the driver. You will see that this driver is out of date (because we restored an old version and we always look for newer versions when conducting a scan). Right click on the driver and then select ‘Exclude this driver from future scans’. Now you will not see this update and you can update all other drivers without updating this one.

Exclude Driver

Hopefully this has helped you with what ever problem you were experiencing. If not please leave me a comment below and I will do my best to help you.

Mark

  • Bolo Tie

    I rolled back a driver for my touchpad device, but now the touchpad does not work at all. I can navigate to the device manager and the driver using the keyboard, but without the ability to right click I don’t know how to get to the window that has the driver tab. When I navigate to Properties with the keyboard don’t get that window.

  • Bolo Tie

    I finally figured out how to navigate using mouse keys, and was able to go back and install the most current drivers for my touchpad, but now I can’t get mouse keys to stop working and get the touchpad working again. Anyone at ReviverSoft or elsewhere have any suggestions?




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