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How to Roll Back a Driver to Previous Version in Windows 11

Rolling back drivers in Windows is a process where you can revert to a previous version of your driver in case an update isn’t working properly. It is usually done for debugging purposes or when a new update has caused some kind of problem with the device that needs to be fixed.

It seems that your computer’s drivers are misconfigured while upgrading from Windows 10 or your version of Windows is incompatible with the latest drivers. If that’s the case, you need a driver reinstallation in Windows.

roll back drivers in windows 11

Let’s breakdown what we are going to cover in this article:

1. Multiple Programs not Functioning

Don’t roll back drivers if a single application isn’t working. Instead, test some of the most closely comparable programs to see whether they work; if they do, keep using the application; if they don’t, roll back the driver.

2. Troubleshooter Unavailable

It’s preferable to utilize the Windows built-in troubleshooters for the issue you’re having with your machine. It’s acceptable to roll back the driver if you’re having problems with your device that you can’t solve since it’s not listed in the available troubleshooter.

1. Windows Backup

Before reverting to an older driver, make sure you have a complete backup of your Windows system. If a technical problem arises when reinstalling Windows Drivers, the entire system may end up crashing.

2. Ensure Proper Backup and Plug In Device.

If you’re using a PC, make sure the UPS is turned on and charged to offer a backup, and if you’re using a laptop, make sure the charger is properly connected because the system may crash if the process is interrupted.

Step #1: Open the Device Manager from the Start menu.

device manager icon in windows 11
Device Manager Icon

Step #2: Expand the categories by pressing the arrow on the left side.

click on the arrow on the left side of the option
Click on the arrow on the left side of the option

Step #3: Right-click the driver that you want to roll back to the previous version and click the “Properties” button.

select driver to roll back to previous version and right click and select properties option
Right Click and Select Properties option

Step #4: The properties panel will appear in a popup window. Select the “Driver” Tab from the top bar and click the “Roll Back” button.

press the roll back driver option in the drivers tab
‘Roll Back Driver’ option

Step #5: To begin the driver rollback, choose a reason for rolling back the driver update, or if you don’t find the reason listed, type the reason in the text area below and click ‘Yes’ button.

state the reason for rolling back the driver update to previous version and press "yes" button
Mention the reason for Rolling Back to Previous Driver

Step #6: Restart the device to make changes take effect immediately.

restart device to make changes take effect in windows
Restart the Device

Step #1: Open the Device Manager from the Start menu.

Step #2: Expand the categories by clicking the left arrow.

Step #3: Right-click the driver for which you want to update to revert rollback and press the “Update driver” option.

press the update driver option in the drivers tab
Click on the “Update” button

Step #4: The “Search Automatically for drivers” option will look for the latest driver updates automatically and install them. If you choose the “Browse my computer for drivers” option, then, you have to download the latest driver update from the official website of the driver manufacturer and install it in the system yourself, but this might cause compatibility issues if not configured properly.

click on the search automatically for drivers option
“Search Automatically For Drivers” option

Step #5: Once you select the “Search Automatically for drivers” option, Windows will begin looking for the latest drivers to install. The newest driver will be immediately installed in the system after it is fetched from the servers.

windows searching for latest updated drivers automatically
Windows Searching For Drivers Automatically

Step #6: Restart the device to make changes take effect immediately.

restart device to make changes take effect in windows
Restart the Device

Note: If the driver is already the most recent version, the message will appear: “The best drivers for your device are already installed”.

What happens when you roll back a driver?

When you roll back a driver, Windows uninstalls the latest version of the driver and re-installs the previous version. Windows stores the previous drivers so that the drivers can be restored if misconfigured or incompatible.

Why is Roll Back option Grayed Out?

If the ‘Roll Back’ option is grayed-out in your device, this means your device doesn’t retain any of the driver’s files from the previous version of Windows or previous drivers were not installed. To solve this, you need to perform a system restore.

Does System Restore rollback drivers?

Yes, system restore can roll back the drivers, and once restore is completed, you have to upgrade the drivers using the Device Manager again.

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