How to Roll Back a Device Driver in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to roll back a device driver in Windows 11 and revert to a previously working driver. Once in a while, you may have to update a device driver to enhance its functionality and sometime improve performance.

Windows Update generally looks for driver updates and installs them for your computer. However, you also have the options to manually install and update device drivers. In some cases when you install a new device driver, the new driver may introduce other problems and not perform as expected, introducing stability issues.

If you have installed a new driver and it’s causing you problem, you can roll back the driver to the previous stable version, and the steps below will show you how to do that in Windows 11.

To get started with rolling back device drivers in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to revert to previous device drivers in Windows 11

When an update doesn’t go as planned and introduced stability issues with Windows, you can roll back the driver to the previously known working driver.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, and select About on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the About settings pane, select Device Manager as highlighted below.

In the Device Manager, you can click on the arrow to expand each device group or double-click on it to expand and view the devices.

Now select the device driver you want to roll back and right-click on it, and select Properties as shown below

On the Properties pane, select the Drivers tab. Then click on the Roll Back Drive button to begin to roll back to the previous version of the device driver.

In the ‘Driver Package rollback’ window, choose a reason for rolling back the update from the list of options. For this post we chose: ‘Previous version of the driver performed better’. Click Yes to continue.

After a few moments, the device driver should be restored and reverted to the previous version. Restart your computer and enjoy!

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to rollback a device driver in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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