Windows 7 Tips- How to roll back a driver in Windows 7

Reinstall the driver you were using previously and restore any driver settings that were changed when you added the new driver.


How to restore earlier driver in case the new driver is not compatible or creating any serious issue?


Windows 7 has Driver Roll Back feature, which can be used to uninstall the current driver for a device, and then automatically installs the earlier used driver.

Follow these easy steps to roll back a driver in Windows 7:

STEP 1. Open Control Panel and click on Device Manager.

STEP 2. In Device Manager, choose the device that you want to roll back the driver for.

STEP 3. Right click on device and open the Properties window for the device, click the Driver tab.

STEP 4. Next, you need to click on the Roll Back Driver button on the Driver tab.

STEP 5. Click the Yes button to the Are you sure you would like to roll back to the previously installed driver software .

STEP 6. Click the Close button at the bottom of the device properties screen.

STEP 7. Next reboot your system to bring changes into effect.

1.    This tool allows you to roll back a driver once. In other words, Windows 7 only keeps a copy of the very last driver installed. It does not keep any record of all previously installed drivers for the device.

2.    Depending on the device driver you’re rolling back, it’s possible that you won’t need to restart your system.

3.    If the Roll Back Driver button is disabled, Windows 7 does not have a previous driver to roll back to, so you won’t be able to use this feature.