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How To Use The Driver Rollback Feature Of Windows XP

Windows XP lets us Rollback our drivers to their original versions in case we encounter problems with any new drivers we install. When you update a driver, a copy of the previous driver is automatically saved into a system directory on your hard drive. This way if you run into trouble, Windows can easily restore the previous working driver. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to Rollback to a previous driver.

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Using The Driver Rollback Feature Of Windows XP

  1. For demonstration purposes, we will assume that we installed a faulty Keyboard driver.
  2. Go into your Control Panel by first clicking on the Start Button.
  3. Then click on the Control Panel icon located in the right column of the Start Menu.
  4. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, then begin by clicking on the Start Button.
  5. Then click on Settings, then click on the Control Panel icon to open up the Control Panel.
  6. Now, Double click on the System icon to open up the System Properties window.
  7. Then click on the Hardware tab at the top of the screen.
  8. Then click on the Device Manager Tab to open the Device Manager window.
  9. Navigate down to the appropriate category, which in our case will be Keyboards.
  10. Then click on the plus sign [+] next to Keyboards to expand this section.
  11. Now right click on the Standard Keyboard that now appears and click on Properties.
  12. Then click on the Driver Tab located at the top of the screen.
  13. Then click on the Roll back Driver button located at the bottom of the screen.
  14. In our case, Windows will alert us that no driver files have been backed up for this device.
  15. And you would click on the No button regarding Windows wanting to launch the troubleshooter.
  16. But in a real situation, Windows will ask if you would like to roll back to the previous driver.
  17. In this case, you would click on the Yes button to allow Windows to roll back the driver.
  18. Then depending upon the driver that you chose to rollback, you may be asked to reboot.
  19. If so, then allow Windows to reboot your computer system for you.
  20. If not, then close all the Open Properties Windows as well as the Device Manager.
  21. And then reboot your system to ensure that Windows initializes the driver properly.
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