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


Are your device’s drivers misconfigured while switching from Windows 10 to Windows 11, or,

Your laptop/PC is incompatible with the latest driver?

roll back drivers in windows 11

If that’s the case, you need a driver reinstallation in Windows.

Device Manager is an important part of Windows that helps to view, control, and, manage the functioning of Hardware connected to the laptop or PC.

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

  • When to roll back drivers and when not to.
  • Tips before Rolling Back to Old Drivers.
  • Steps to Roll Back to Old Drivers in Windows 11.
  • Revert to Latest Driver.

Single Program not Functioning

When a single application isn’t working, don’t roll back drivers. Instead, try some of the most closely comparable applications to see whether they function, if it works, keep using the application otherwise you may proceed to roll back the respective driver.

Now, if you’ve decided to roll back drivers, we’ll go over some pointers to keep in mind before doing so.


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.

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.

Remember to follow the necessary tips outlined above; otherwise, your device might get crashed.


Step #1: Search for “Device Manager” in Start Menu and press the Enter Key.

device manager icon in windows 11
Device Manager Icon

Step #2: You will find the Hardware Components of your device. Expand the selection by pressing the arrow on the left side of the text.

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

Step #3: You will find the list of drivers related to the Hardware Component. Right Click on the Driver that you want to roll back to previous version and press the Properties option.

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 form of a popup. Now, select the “Driver” Tab from the top bar.

click on the driver tab on the top bar of the properties panel
Click on the “Driver” Tab

Step #5: Select the “Roll Back” option.

press the roll back driver option in the drivers tab
“Roll Back Driver” option

Step #6: The “Driver Package Rollback” panel will appear in form of a popup. Choose a reason for rolling back the update from the drop-down menu, or if you don’t find the reason listed, type the reason in the text area below. Finally, at the bottom, click ‘Yes’ to begin the rollback procedure.

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 and Press “Yes” button

Step #7: Restart the device to make changes take effect immediately.

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

Step #1: Search for “Device Manager” in Start Menu and press the Enter Key.

device manager icon in windows 11
Device Manager Icon

Step #2: You will find the Hardware Components of your device. Expand the selection by pressing the arrow on the left side of the text.

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

Step #3: You will find the list of drivers related to the Hardware Component. Right Click on the Driver that you want to update to previous version and press the “Update driver” option.

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

Step #4: Either choose “Search Automatically for drivers” option or “Browse my computer for drivers” option.

The “Search Automatically for drivers” option will look for the latest driver updates automatically and install them (recommended).

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 (not recommended).

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

Step #5: Once you select “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 by the servers. If the driver is already the most recent version, the message “The best drivers for your device are already installed” will appear.

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

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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