Learn how to restore previous driver in Windows 11

A driver in Windows is software that creates a connection between the hardware in- or connected to the computer and the operating system.

Regularly updating a driver can help solve problems with hardware linked to the operating system. However, it can also cause problems in a few cases, such as when you start updating drivers through software. In that case, an incorrect driver is installed, and the hardware no longer works.

To simplify driver problems, Microsoft has added an option in the operating system to restore a driver.

The recently installed driver will be replaced by the old driver. You can perform this through Device Manager on a Windows 11 as well as a Windows 10 PC.

How to restore the previous driver in Windows 11

To get started, open Device Manager. Right-click on the device whose previous driver you want to restore. In the menu, then click on “properties”.

Device properties in device manager

Click on the “driver” tab and click on “roll back driver” button.

If the driver fails after updating the driver, roll back to the previously installed driver.

Roll back driver in Windows 11

Select a reason for restoring the previous driver and click “Yes” to confirm.

A previous version of the driver will now be reinstalled. Hopefully, after this, the problem with the driver will be solved.

Suppose the “previous driver” button is not available. In that case, you can always download and install a previous version of the driver yourself. It will take some time to find out which version and which manufacturer. Always download drivers from the manufacturer’s official website.

I hope this has helped you. Thanks for reading!

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