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By buzzbee ·
Wondering how to remove device drivers in Win 98.
Is it as simple as removing the device in device manager and then physicaly removing hardware ?
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by Alpha-Male In reply to Device drivers

For the vast majority of devices, that is exactly correct. If you have software that utilizes the device, make sure to delete it or point it to the new replacement device once installed.

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by TheChas In reply to Device drivers

That works for removing the device from "active" status.
However, the files are still on the PC.

In addition, some drivers install utility programs that you need to remove from add/remove programs prior to removing the device from device manager.
So, look in add/remove first.

If you truely want/need to erradicate the files and registry settings, it takes a bunch of detective work.
Once you identify a few files that are directly related tot he device, you can search by date, and find most of the other files.
(make sure to look at the properties of the file(s) to verify that they are from the device, and not some other program.)

You may then want to search the registry, and remove any keys related tot he device.
CAUTION!!! deleteing the wrong key could cause your PC to not boot, or programs to not run.

Chas

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by zlitocook In reply to Device drivers

If you shut down your computer and touch the case to ground yourself. Then remove the card that you need to and reboot Win98 should not load the driver. If you are installing a new card like a newer sound card then check the device manager and the add/remove programs to see if the old drivers are listed. Then remove them and add the newer drivers. Some times if you still have older drivers they will be listed in the config.sys or autoexec.bat. Then you will need to run sysedit to remove any reference to them, because if you don't you will receive error messages saying can not find any driver relating to the older driver.

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