Windows 10: Can't uninstall Ricoh Bay8Controller (smart card reader)


  1. Posts : 8
    Windows 10 Education
       18 Sep 2015 #1

    Can't uninstall Ricoh Bay8Controller (smart card reader)


    I can't uninstall the Ricoh Bay8Controller. I've tried disabling it in my Device Manager, uninstalling the driver, uninstalling the entire device, but it won't work permanently: after a reboot, the device shows up again.

    I want to uninstall it, because it always shows up in the ‘Safely Remove Hardware’. Normally, this icon doesn't show (and thus doesn't bother me), but with this piece of hardware reinstalling itself, the icons keeps showing up. Too annoying for words to describe...

    If it wouldn't show up I wouldn't mind having it installed. Besides, I might need to use the device (it's a smart card reader) sometimes. I just don't want to see it on my task bar where it annoys me.

    When I had Windows 7 and 8 installed, the device could be disabled/uninstalled/invisible. How do I achieve this in Windows 10?

    (There are some additional devices, such as a fingerprint reader, that will neither install nor uninstall correctly. However, they only show up in Device Manager, nowhere else, so I'm good with that.)
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  2. Posts : 21,944
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       18 Sep 2015 #2

    EDP said: View Post
    I can't uninstall the Ricoh Bay8Controller. I've tried disabling it in my Device Manager, uninstalling the driver, uninstalling the entire device, but it won't work permanently: after a reboot, the device shows up again.

    I want to uninstall it, because it always shows up in the ‘Safely Remove Hardware’. Normally, this icon doesn't show (and thus doesn't bother me), but with this piece of hardware reinstalling itself, the icons keeps showing up. Too annoying for words to describe...

    If it wouldn't show up I wouldn't mind having it installed. Besides, I might need to use the device (it's a smart card reader) sometimes. I just don't want to see it on my task bar where it annoys me.

    When I had Windows 7 and 8 installed, the device could be disabled/uninstalled/invisible. How do I achieve this in Windows 10?

    (There are some additional devices, such as a fingerprint reader, that will neither install nor uninstall correctly. However, they only show up in Device Manager, nowhere else, so I'm good with that.)
    This may give you more info.... Ricoh Bay8 controller - HP Support Forum - 4796141
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  3. Posts : 8
    Windows 10 Education
    Thread Starter
       18 Sep 2015 #3

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    Thanks, but I already found that with a simple search. Those pages and are about the drivers, where to find them and how to install them. I couldn't find anything related to uninstalling the device.
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  4. Posts : 8
    Windows 10 Education
    Thread Starter
       15 Dec 2015 #4

    I can uninstall the device, but after a Windows Update I also receive drivers, including the drivers for this device. Thus: it gets reinstalled every time Windows Update installs something. I don't want to disable automatic driver updates through WU, so I can't permanently disable the device.
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