Still safe to use DriverStoreExplorer to remove drivers?


  1. Posts : 1,744
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    Still safe to use DriverStoreExplorer to remove drivers?


    Older threads recommend use of DriverStoreExplorer to manage older versions of drivers or unused drivers. But I seem to recall (somewhere?) that with the latest versions of Windows this tool should no longer be used? Further that drivers should not be removed manually at all, but only using Windows built-in tools?

    If DriverStoreExplorer is still safe to use, can I remove current drivers, e.g. chipset, that didn't seem to install correctly?

    Please clarify, so I don't do anything I will regret later.
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  2. Posts : 42,518
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    I've not heard or seen anything to suggest it's not.. latest build 1/3/23 e.g.
    Download DriverStore Explorer - MajorGeeks

    As ever, ensure you have recent disk images, and create a restore point before using it.

    Less intervention is usually better than more.

    If using it, you might concentrate only on any that are particularly large.
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  3. Posts : 7,830
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
       #3

    I've had no problems using DSE. It normally won't let you delete a driver package which is in use.
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  4. Posts : 15,380
    Windows10
       #4

    x509 said:
    Older threads recommend use of DriverStoreExplorer to manage older versions of drivers or unused drivers. But I seem to recall (somewhere?) that with the latest versions of Windows this tool should no longer be used? Further that drivers should not be removed manually at all, but only using Windows built-in tools?

    If DriverStoreExplorer is still safe to use, can I remove current drivers, e.g. chipset, that didn't seem to install correctly?

    Please clarify, so I don't do anything I will regret later.
    In general, drivers in use are shown with a device name - these should not be deleted until driver is superseded (then device name moves to update).

    I use the tool a lot and have never had issues but like @dalchina suggests, I only focus on any of a reasonable size which are obvious. In the end, the old adage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" applies i.e. if not sure, leave well alone.

    I do not know who so ever gave advice about not using it but I seem to recall one version had a bug which was quickly rectified.

    I see no evidence to suggest there is anything wrong with the tool, and issues are largely a result of PEBCAK (user error / understanding specifically).

    In the end, it is a powerful tool, but needs to be used with care/common sense. I do not recommend it to beginners for sure.

    Also, image backups (full, diff or inc), system restore points etc. are a good plan.

    I also backup all my drivers periodically with simple dism command.
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