Display Hidden Devices in Windows

We know that when you install a driver in Windows it remains there until you uninstall it. You can follow this procedure in order to uninstall drivers for hardware that no longer exists on the machine:

  • open cmd
  • run “set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1”
  • run “start devmgmt.msc”
  • Click Show Hidden devices from the View menu
  • You will now see all the installed drivers on your machine, even those that your system no longer uses them.
  • You can now uninstall them.