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Video: Find and delete hidden Windows Vista and XP device drivers

Windows Vista and XP often retain old drivers even if you upgrade or change hardware. Unfortunately, these old, and sometimes hidden, drivers can cause hardware conflicts or make your system behave erratically. Bill Detwiler shows you how to find those old drivers and root them out once and for all.

Sorting out device driver problems in Windows, can be a bit tricky. Windows Vista and XP often retain old drivers even if you upgrade or change hardware. Unfortunately, these old, and sometimes hidden, drivers can cause hardware conflicts or make your system behave erratically — even if you're no longer using them. In this IT Dojo video, I'll show you how to find those old drivers and root them out of your system once and for all.

For those of you who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or you can also read Greg Shultz's article, "Get rid of old device drivers hidden in Vista," on which this video is based.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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