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How To Roll Back Drivers To A Previous Version In Windows 10/Windows 11

Windows allows you to revert the device driver to a previous version. And the feature can be beneficial when you are stuck with incompatible or unstable driver software. However, one must know how to roll back drivers in Windows 10/Windows 11 to avoid the labor of uninstalling the recent driver software and reinstalling the older version of device drivers. 

Rolling back a driver fixes stability issues on your Windows 11 or Windows 10 PC. Device drivers are essential to Windows, and your PC won’t function smoothly without the correct driver software. You may need to roll back current drivers to fix many major and minor issues with your PC. 

How To Roll Back Drivers In Windows 10/Windows 11

Learning how to roll back drivers in Windows 10/Windows 11 is easy. You can follow the steps below to roll back the incompatible drivers with your system to a previous driver version. To perform the below steps, you need to log in to the administrator account. Device Manager cannot be accessed fully from a normal account.

Step 1: Press Windows key + X to open the quick link menu and click on Device Manager to open it.

Open Device Manager for how to roll back drivers
Open Device Manager

Alternatively, you can search for Windows Device Manager in the Start menu search bar and open the same from there. 

Step 2: In the Device Manager window, expand the required section and right-click on the device driver giving you issues. Select Properties from the context menu. It can be graphics drivers, network drivers, or any other drivers. 

 Open device driver Properties
Open device driver Properties

Step 3: Now, navigate to the Driver tab and click the Roll Back Driver button.

how to roll back drivers
Roll back device driver

Step 4: A Driver Package rollback window will appear on your screen. Here, you must select the reason to roll back the driver and confirm the rollback operation. 

The window will say, ‘Are you sure you would like to roll back to the previously installed driver software?’ click Yes to confirm the roll back option. 

Step 5: The driver will be rolled back to the previous version, and then you will see a dialog box saying, ‘Your hardware settings have changed. You must restart your computer for these changes to take effect. Do you want to restart your computer now?’

Click the appropriate option to reboot your computer. Now, you know how to roll back drivers in Windows 10/Windows 11. 

Note: If you don’t get a message to reboot your computer, it means the rollback was not that major. And your PC does not require a reboot to reflect hardware changes. 

After the process is completed, you can enjoy your PC as before without any device driver issues.    

How To Roll Back Drivers In Windows 11

If you have a Windows 11 PC, you can try the below-mentioned methods to roll back to a previous version of the compatible driver.  

1. Roll Back Driver Updates With System Restore

If you have created a system restore point before, you can roll back your OS to the previous state. So, if there is a recent driver update, it rolls back to the older driver version. Let us see how to roll back drivers using System Restore.

Type “Recovery” in the search box and open the recovery applet.

Open Recovery
Open Recovery

In the Control Panel recovery window, select “Open System Restore.”

Select Open System Restore
Select Open System Restore

Click “Next” to view the available restore points. 

 Click Next
Click Next

You may click “Scan for affected programs” to check if the driver update is included in the list of programs that will get affected by the restore.

Click Scan for affected programs
Click Scan for affected programs

Click “Next” and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the restore process.

Click Next
Click Next

2. Backup And Restore Drivers

If you want to roll back drivers, you can also take a backup of them and later restore them from the backup folder. So, here is how to roll back drivers you want by taking a backup and restoring.

First, create a folder in the C drive to save the driver backups. Type “cmd” in the search bar and open Command Prompt by selecting “Run as administrator.”

Open Command Prompt
Open Command Prompt

Run the following command in the Command Prompt window.

dism /online /export-driver /destination:C:\[folder name]

Add the name of the folder you created to store the driver backups.

Command to export
Command to export

To restore the drivers, open Device Manager. Right-click the device you want to restore the driver for and select “Update driver.”

Select Update driver
Select Update driver

Select “Browse my computer for drivers” in the next window.

Select Browse my computer for drivers
Select Browse my computer for drivers

Click the “Browse” button to select the backup folder. 

Click Browse
Click Browse

Once you select the folder, click “Next” and follow the on-screen instructions to restore the driver from the list of drivers. Now, the driver will be restored successfully.

Roll Back Driver Grayed Out or Disabled

However, if your Roll Back Driver button is grayed out or disabled, you don’t have any previous version of that driver on your Windows 10/Windows 11 PC. In such a scenario, you may need to uninstall the driver first. You then need to download the older version of device driver software from the manufacturer’s website and update driver software with that one.   

Disable Automatic Driver Updates

Windows often update drivers that it considers essential. It downloads and installs the latest drivers to make things easy for you. But you can disable the feature if you don’t want the OS to install driver updates automatically.

Type “change device installation settings” in the search bar and open the relevant search result.

Open Change device installation settings
Open Change device installation settings

Select the “No” option in the next window and click “Save changes.”

Select No and click Save changes
Select No and click Save changes

Conclusion

Many blue screen errors can be significantly fixed by rolling back drivers if you have updated the driver with unstable, incorrect, or incompatible device driver software. If you know how to roll back drivers in Windows 10/Windows 11, you can conveniently do it using Device Manager. 

Rolling back drivers to the previous version saves you from the unwanted hassle of reinstalling the previous version of the driver manually. Using the above process, you can perform driver roll back for any manufacturer driver. This will save you lots of time and effort in getting rid of compatibility issues with device drivers. 

FAQs

How do you roll back to a previous driver version?

You can roll back easily via Device Manager. Simply right-click on the driver you wish to roll back, select Properties, and then to the Driver tab in the newly opened window. Lastly, click on the Roll Back Driver button to roll back driver software to a previous device driver.

How do I change my driver version?

You can roll back or update your device driver to change its version.

Why is the Roll Back Driver button greyed out or disabled?

The Roll Back Driver button is greyed out because either there is no previous version of the driver at all, or it is not available on your computer. In such cases, uninstalling the current driver and reinstalling the older driver software version can work.

(Updated on 28th June 2023)