How to restore a driver in Windows 10

Driver problems are quite common in Windows 10. Sometimes a new driver update doesn’t go well with the version of Windows 10 you’re using and causes a blue screen of death. Fortunately, the problem can be solved by reversing the driver. This feature is available in Device Manager settings. You can use the driver restore feature to restore a driver update to an earlier version. Let’s see how you can restore a driver on a Windows 10 computer.

Restore the driver in Windows 10

1. Press Win + R keys to open the Run command.

2. Enter in the blank field devmgmt.msc and press the Enter button.

You can also right-click the Start menu button on the taskbar below and select “Device Manager” from the list of options.

3. In the Device Manager window, select the driver whose driver update you want to cancel.

4. Right-click the desired driver and select Properties.

5. The “Properties” window opens. Select the “Driver” tab and you will see the “Restore Driver” option.

6. After pressing the “Roll Back Driver” option, you will be asked why you are going back. You can either choose the answer to this question from the list of options or enter it manually. Press the “Yes” button and you are ready to restore the driver.

You can use the driver restore option in Windows 10 before continuing to remove the problematic driver. In particular, if the previous version of the driver works correctly, you do not need to remove it from your computer.

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What if the driver return option is grayed out?

Another thing to note is that there are multiple users for whom the “Restore Driver” option in Device Manager is grayed out. This means that you cannot restore the driver to a previous version of Windows 10.

This is usually because the operating system installed on your computer does not have an earlier version of the driver files.

All you have to do is visit the device manufacturer’s website and download a copy of the driver version you want to return to. Be sure to remove all other driver versions from your computer before installing the previous version.


Restoring a driver to a previous version is an easy way and can help you fix system problems with minor errors that you may encounter with your drivers. You can also look at recently updated drivers to see which driver is causing the problem.

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