1.    02 Dec 2015 #1
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 436
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    Purging all drivers for a device type?


    Over the past few weeks I've been trying various Alfa Wi-Fi adaptors, and different drivers. I've now given up and bought a device (TP-Link) that has a driver built into Windows 10.

    However, when I plugged it in it seems to have picked up on an Alfa driver, possibly as the chipset is similar.

    Is there a way to purge all drivers for a device type, except the Microsoft ones?
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  2.    02 Dec 2015 #2
    Join Date : May 2015
    Posts : 136
    Windows 10 Pro

    You tried going into Device Manager and setting it to show hidden devices? That should allow you to see them and uninstall/delete the drivers.
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  3.    03 Dec 2015 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 436
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter

    Yes, but I didn't always get the tickbox option to delete the drivers, only the device.
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  4.    03 Dec 2015 #4
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 3,652
    10 Pro

    Go to elevated command prompt and enter pnputil -e > %userprofile%/Desktop/Drivers.txt. This will make a document like this on your desktop
    Code:
    Published name :            oem9.inf
    Driver package provider :   Apple Inc.
    Class :                     Bluetooth
    Driver date and version :   07/31/2015 6.0.6100.0
    Signer name :               Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher
    
    Published name :            oem6.inf
    Driver package provider :   Broadcom
    Class :                     Network adapters
    Driver date and version :   10/15/2012 1.0.0.3
    Signer name :               Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher
    
    Published name :            oem0.inf
    Driver package provider :   Broadcom
    Class :                     Network adapters
    Driver date and version :   07/24/2015 7.35.118.40
    Signer name :               Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher
    
    Published name :            oem3.inf
    Driver package provider :   Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Class :                     Sound, video and game controllers
    Driver date and version :   02/14/2014 6.6001.1.41
    Signer name :               Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher
    You can remove the ones you don't want with pnputil -d oem6.inf (replacing the 6 with whatever driver you want to uninstall).

    Alternatively you can download DriverStore Explorer - Home which does the same thing.
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  5.    03 Dec 2015 #5
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter

    Fantastic, thank you.
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