How to Delete Old Unused Driver Package on Windows

How to Delete Old Unused Driver Package on Windows

Updating driver is highly necessary to ensure the entire system runs as it expected. The hardware manufacturer generally updates their driver in few months to catch up with the operating system. For the example, Windows 10 has always unleashed major update every month and the driver should be synchronized if you don’t want to see any crash error message.

After latest version of drivers installed, the system is still stored the older item in case you encounter a new problem that caused by the newest driver so you can rollback the driver version. However, a crash by recent version is considered as the rare issue on PC. Hence, the rollback might never be used.

Instead of keep storing old and unused driver package, why not to remove it from computer to free up some space. In fact, the package itself consists of dozens of files with hundreds of megabytes or even gigabytes in size. Deleting old driver would be great for the machine. Here’s the guide for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, and surely Windows 10.

How to Delete Old Unused Driver Package on Windows

Step 1
Open the Windows Explorer/Libraries/File Explorer or whatever it names, right-click on the disk C: and select Properties.

How to Delete Unused Driver

Step 2
On the General tab, click Disk Cleanup.

How to Delete Unused Driver

Step 3
Now, heads to Clean up system files.

How to Delete Unused Driver

Step 4
Check the Device driver packages selection and then click OK. You will be informed about a total of disk space you gain after deleting the item

How to Delete Unused Driver

Step 5
Click Delete Files to discarding it permanently. The deletion process might take a moment depends on the size of the driver package.

How to Delete Unused Driver

The effect of deleting unused driver package

As I mentioned before, deleting older driver package will eliminate the ability to rollback the driver version. The raw material has no longer on PC, so you probably should download the previous version from internet. For me, I rarely facing a problem that caused by driver conflict thus deleting the older package generally has no impact on my PC except new additional storage space.

Moreover, the current driver will not be deleted since it’s already installed on the system. If you want to update the entire drivers on Windows instantly, check out the previous article about How to Update All Drivers at Once.

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