Driver scanning/removal software?

August 29, 2010 at 03:27:20
Specs: Windows XP SP3, n/a
Does anyone know of any software that will list all of the hardware/drivers on a machine and possibly give an option to remove them?

Ideally I'm looking to select a piece of hardware and see all the files installed for it, or select a file and see all the hardware it is assigned to. If there was an option to then uninstall (i.e. the entry in device manager, the files and startup entries) that would be a bonus. All I have been able to find for myself is Chily Device Driver Backup which only shows 1 file per device, and Driver Magician, which won't run.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.


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#2
September 1, 2010 at 09:32:44
I assume post #1 refers to safe ones. Just wanted to emphasise that there are a stack of "wonder driver scans" out there many of which are scams, some of them can even wreck your machine..

Ms Hulot goes horse riding


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#3
September 2, 2010 at 19:01:20
"I assume post #1 refers to safe ones"

For me, if a driver is working Ok, leave it alone.

The only time I stray from that policy is when MS updates offer an upgrade, they have always been Ok for me.


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#4
September 3, 2010 at 10:46:33
I agree with Johnw best not to rock the boat. I have not checked the list given in #1 but I'm not really sure that there "are" any safe ones. If drivers ever need changing it is best to go to the proper source.

Ms Hulot goes horse riding


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#5
September 14, 2010 at 08:31:43
Unfortunately, Chily Device Driver Backup, Driver Magician Lite and Double Driver all show only one file per device (an inf file) which is less than device manager displays.

Perhaps I should explain the situation this particular machine is in. It has been "repaired" by the installation of a new motherboard and without removal of any of the previous drivers (worse, the previous board was VIA, the present one is Intel). Consequently, there are at least 2 instances of every device type showing in device manager - disk drives, floppy drives, drive controllers, IDE channels, keyboards, display adapters, network adapters, processors, etc. (There are 50 items under "System devices").

I know the only guaranteed way to change a motherboard is to format and start again, but that isn't an option. A couple of things like the VIA 4in1's and the graphics drivers should have Add/Remove uninstallers that should get rid of most of the files and registry entries, but the real problems are with everything else. I'm happy to simply "Remove" the PnP monitors (which device manger claims have no driver files) and the superfluous PS/2 mice, which only use the same files as the real one, but what about everything else? Simply removing something from device manager doesn't actually get rid of any files and I have no idea what it does regarding registry or startup entries, if anything.


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#7
September 21, 2010 at 04:42:01
Unfortunately John, Driver Sweeper is of little help because it is aimed at only a handful of well-known (primarily) add-in card suppliers.

The only drivers which it might be any help with are the sound drivers.


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September 21, 2010 at 05:52:19

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September 21, 2010 at 12:04:22
Might be worth reading up on reformat just in case you end up needing it.

Ms Hulot's boat


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#10
September 29, 2010 at 05:11:09
If there is no software designed with this in mind, is there at least a standard procedure for a retrospective cleanup following a "dirty" motherboard upgrade.

I'm sure every problem can be fixed, re-formatting isn't really a solution, it's what you do in the absence of a solution.

Incidentally, I tried to "manually" uninstall an "HID-compliant mouse". I noted down the driver files displayed in Device Manager, then removed the device. After a restart, the driver files were still there. One of them was fine, because it was still in use by the current PS/2 mouse, but the other file mouhid.sys, or something, was also still there. I deleted the file and restarted the computer, but it came back after the restart!


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#11
September 29, 2010 at 05:41:45
I'm sure every problem can be fixed, re-formatting isn't really a solution

You wish. Some problems CAN be fixed and some CANNOT be fixed. It all depends on the type, nature & circumstance of the problem(s).

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#12
September 29, 2010 at 06:21:10
Interesting point. I've still never reformatted my old W98SE or this XP and I've have plenty of issues to fix over those years. The main problem with reformatting is the time it takes afterwards to get the machine back to exactly how you liked it - reformatting itself being pretty fast. Maybe my machines are a bit more tailored than most.

One thing that can help on these earlier OS's is to run ERUNT relatively frequently when everything is going fine. I've found that most (but not all) issues seem to be registry based, so registry restore can usually get you back on track very swiftly.

Ms Hulot's boat


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#13
September 29, 2010 at 08:45:51
See if anything here helps.

Upgrading A Motherboard Without Reinstalling
http://www.pcstats.com/articleview....
http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve...
Changing a Motherboard or Moving a Hard Drive with XP Installed
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/m...
Repair Install to SET XP to New Motherboard
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/m...
You receive a Stop 0x0000007B error after you move the Windows XP system disk to another computer
http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...


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