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How to Rollback a Device Driver to an Older Version?

Many times Windows shows strange behavior and at times even shows the deadly BSoD due to corrupt or faulty device drivers. People like me want to keep their drivers up to date. But there may be times when after updating a particular driver, the system starts misbehaving.

At one time, this kind of situation caused all kinds of problems but then a feature called the Driver Rollback was introduced into Windows. So, now if you are in such a situation that updating a driver fails or causes problems, you can just roll back to the previous version of the driver. The following steps will help you perform the driver rollback easily. Read on.

1. Make sure that you are logged into Windows XP as an administrator or a user with administrator rights (i.e., an administrator equivalent).

2. Click Start, click Run and then type the command, devmgmt.msc into the Run dialog box and then press Enter.

3. When the Device Manager opens, click the (+) symbol next to the device title to show the device driver you were trying to update.

4. Now, right-click the device you were updating and then select Properties.

5. In the Device Driver Properties, click the Driver tab and then click the button labeled Roll Back Driver.



6. The driver will be rolled back to the previous version. Follow the instructions on the screen and your Windows XP should be back to normal. Device Driver Roll Back is available in normal mode or safe mode.

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