How to roll back a Windows driver to the previous version

Updated: 02/27/2019 by Computer Hope
The Windows logo.

Drivers are quite helpful in the respect that they allow hardware to interact with an operating system. Furthermore, newer versions of drivers can help optimize hardware performance, add new features, or fix bugs. However, sometimes users need to revert to a previous version of a driver for one reason or another. Usually, it's because new drivers don't work with their computer setup. To learn how to roll back a driver in Windows, follow the steps below.

Roll back drivers in Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10

The example below shows you how to roll back a display adapter (video card) driver.

  1. Open the Device Manager.
  2. In the Device Manager window, click the down arrow next to the category that contains the device whose driver you'd like to roll back (A), and then right-click the device (B).

The section in which you may view your display adapters.

  1. Select Properties from the drop-down menu that appears.

The properties selector for drivers in Windows.

  1. In the Properties window, select the Driver tab, then click the Roll Back Driver button (B).

The menu in which you can roll back drivers in Windows.

  1. Once the roll back process has finished, click the The Close button in Windows 10. button.