"Ghost" devices

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  1. Posts : 2,790
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #11

    OK. One more app to try.
    Download: GhostBuster
    Right click and Run as Admin, Click on the first item, scroll down to the bottom, hold SHIFT and click on last item then right click->Add Devices. Click on "Remove Ghosts"
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  2. Posts : 436
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #12

    topgundcp said:
    OK. One more app to try.
    Download: GhostBuster ...
    +1.0
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  3. Posts : 20
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #13

    topgundcp said:
    OK. One more app to try.
    Download: GhostBuster
    Right click and Run as Admin, Click on the first item, scroll down to the bottom, hold SHIFT and click on last item then right click->Add Devices. Click on "Remove Ghosts"
    Thanks for the nifty app, unfortunately the ghost device is still there. It is unbelievable.

    I do have this odd device at the very top, but I cannot remove it:
    "Ghost" devices-screenshot-2016-01-02-15.30.47.png

    "Ghost" devices-screenshot-2016-01-02-15.34.26.png
    Last edited by ajtronic; 02 Jan 2016 at 15:36.
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  4. Posts : 436
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #14

    Read the GhostBuster instructions, it says not to try to remove the device at the top, a few othere also.
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  5. Posts : 20
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #15

    nigelmercier said:
    Read the GhostBuster instructions, it says not to try to remove the device at the top, a few othere also.
    Oh okay. You cant remove it with this app anyways because it isn't listed as 'ghosted.'
    I was actually referring to the Bluetooth peripheral Device listed underneath all of the zeros, under "no device class specified."

    For others' future reference:
    http://ghostbuster.codeplex.com/documentation said:
    Please be carefull with marking devices escpecially under System, Non PnP and Audio are some that seem to be ghosted permanently but are required for correct operation of hardware. Also do not remove (if present) the top entry with a null guid as name as I'm still not sure what it's purpose is. Use the class filter carefully.
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  6. Posts : 20
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #16

    I think it may have to do with an install of the WIDCOMM bluetooth software that was leftover from an older version of Windows (before the upgrade).
    I tried to uninstall it, it gave some errors of "unable to find .msi" so I'm assuming that the old software was partially uninstalled this 3rd party bluetooth software.

    By doing this, it just removed the icon of the ghost device from the My PC area.
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  7. Posts : 20
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #17

    I partially solved this.

    First, I went into the registry to the exact place where I mentioned before. Under that registry entry I changed HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{ca4fe134-f2ae-4594-b009-08cb336539be}\DefaultIcon and modified the Value Data to a random icon. I figured if I couldnt delete it I may as well make it look decent.
    Then when I went to check My PC, I right-clicked the icon there and had the option to remove the device from My PC.

    Unfortunately, it comes back randomly when closing out the window or hitting 'refresh'.


    So my next task is to permanently remove this from the registry. Somehow, since the ghost device is no longer installed and this is just a shortcut issue.
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  8. Posts : 20
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #18

    SOLVED:

    I found the ghost device in the registry by the key name (long string of letters and numbers I posted on the first page) and deleted that entry from HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace

    Finally, permanently removed from appearing in My PC. Thanks to all who contributed.
    First post edited to save people time if they are looking for similar solutions.
    Last edited by ajtronic; 04 Jan 2016 at 15:44.
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  9. Posts : 43
    Wiindows 10
       #19

    Ghost devices


    This problem still exists in Windows 10 in 2022.
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