When a new version of a device driver is available in Windows 10, the operating system keeps the older version after installing the recent one. This behavior is implemented to allow the user to roll back the device driver in case something goes wrong with the updated driver version. Old driver versions fill your disk drive space. To reclaim free disk space, you might want to remove them. Here is how.
Before you continue, keep in mind that once you remove old versions of drivers in Windows 10, you won't be able to rollback a driver. First ensure that all your devices have no issues with installed drivers and everything works as expected.
To remove old driver versions in Windows 10, you need to do the following.
- Press Win + R shortcut keys together on the keyboard to open the Run dialog.
Tip: See the ultimate list of all Windows keyboard shortcuts with Win keys.
- Type the following in the Run box:
- Select your system drive:
- Click the Clean up system files button to switch the Disk Cleanup tool to extended mode.
- Find and check the Device driver packages item.
- Click OK and you are done.
That's it. This will remove older versions of drivers from Windows 10. Once this is done, you won't be able to rollback drivers using Device Manager.
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