Drivers are the bridge between the device hardware and the software. If you are a Windows 10 user, it is essential to regularly update your drivers for the system’s proper functioning. However, sometimes it might have occurred that after upgrading a driver, your system has started misbehaving, and many functionalities have stopped working. This usually happens because of the update failure or the driver malfunctioning.
To handle this problem, Windows 10 provides you a quick way to easily roll back the drivers manually to the previous update when everything was working fine. However, instead of the manual process, you can use dedicate programs that update as well as keep a backup copy of device drivers. Buying a license is always the option, but you can also check out Driver Booster Pro keys, which can activate the feature.
In this guide, we would discuss how to roll back drivers to their previous versions, manually using Windows 10 Device Manager.
How to Roll Back Drivers in Windows 10?
Follow these steps to roll back a driver to its previous version, after its malfunctioning.
1) Right-click on the Windows icon and select Device Manager.
2) Click and enlarge the category that contains the driver that you want to roll back.
3) Right-click on the targeted driver and choose Properties.
4) Go to the Driver tab and choose the Roll Back Driver
5) Select a reason why you are rolling back. Here you can choose any reason and continue.
6) Click Yes to confirm and restart your device.
The driver would be rolled back to the previous version.
What if Roll Back Driver option is greyed out?
In some cases, you might find the Roll Back Driver option is greyed out.
This may be because of the following reasons:
- It is the only version of the driver.
- It is the only version of the driver ever installed on your computer.
- Your device did not retain the previous version of the driver.
So, this is how you roll back to the previous version of the driver in Windows 10. If you can’t find the roll back option and your system is misbehaving, you have no choice other than uninstalling that driver and reinstall it. Also, the driver roll back option is, unfortunately, unavailable for printer drivers. The option is only available for the hardware managed within the Windows Device Manager.
Furthermore, you can roll back to the previous version of the driver only once. It means that Windows only keep a copy of the last driver update and does not archive all the previous versions.