Removing Windows 10 installed drivers


  1. Posts : 194
    Windows 10
       #1

    Removing Windows 10 installed drivers


    Hi guys.
    I purchased used laptop which is HP Elite x2 but seems to me all the drivers are installed via Windows update but I want to install official drivers from HP website.
    Do I need to remove previously installed drivers that Windows installed and how to?
    I can go via device manager via right click and uninstall driver but that would take me a lot of time.
    And I am not even sure if I need to install official HP drivers (laptop works fine), but I noticed that I don't have intell display control panel, intel rapid storage driver is not installed etc...
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  2. Posts : 9,751
    Mac OS Catalina
       #2

    Just do a Clean install of Windows.
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  3. Posts : 194
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Aah lazy to do that.
    It's the only way?
    Maybe remove all installed updates?
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  4. Posts : 9,751
    Mac OS Catalina
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    frozensun said:
    Aah lazy to do that.
    It's the only way?
    Maybe remove all installed updates?
    In the time that you took to post and make a empty reply, that laziness would have been better used to do a Clean Install.
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  5. Posts : 16,598
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4046
       #5

    frozensun said:
    Do I need to remove previously installed drivers that Windows installed
    No.
    If you want to go ahead then just install the HP-sourced ones and they will replace the existing ones.

    frozensun said:
    And I am not even sure if I need to install official HP drivers (laptop works fine), but I noticed that I don't have intell display control panel, intel rapid storage driver is not installed etc...
    The chances are that you don't need to do anything and you will not see any benefit from doing the job.
    - Intel display control panels are not always provided. They have become less common in later driver versions. I don't have one any more.
    - You might not need IRST.
    Having said all that, it is a good idea to Clean install Windows on any used computer so you know exactly what is on it.
    - Make a system image beforehand so you know you can get back to square one if it all goes haywire [not that there is any particular reason to expect problems].
    - If your computer includes an M.2 NVMe 'disk' then there are additional checks to do as some are not properly detected during Clean installs.- Backup all drivers beforehand- Check your activation is 'with a digital licence' in Settings, Updates, Activation so that you know you will not need to find a Product Key [almost all activations are 'with a digital licence' these days but it only takes a moment to check].


    All the best,
    Denis
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