How To Fully Uninstall Creative Drivers & Solve Install Problems (Vista/XP/Windows 7)

12 09 2007

I’ve recently been fiddling about with multiple Audigy Vista drivers. In the quest to find the best working driver, I was experiencing issues with left over files. I didn’t fancy reinstalling Vista every time I had a new driver to test, so I consulted the Creative oracle -Daniel Kawakami. (Tsk.. I’m such a name dropper.) We then looked at Daniel’s list and compared it to our list of problem files and entries. The amount of things needing deletion (before new driver install) was quite astounding. Creative really added a whole bunch of stuff to Vista drivers. There are 2 ways to remove these files; the easy way or the hard way.

…but before we start -lets take a moment to uninstall any Creative programs that are already installed.

Ok everything Creative in add remove programs uninstalled?

Download latest driver, extract the package using 7-zip or WinRAR, navigate to Drivers folder
Here you will find setup.exe, run it and select Uninstall and Delete all shared files below. After you’re done, restart.

Ok let’s try to get things really clean now.

The Easy Way: Guru3D Driver Sweeper
The automatic uninstall method is very easy, two steps in fact. First you need to kill the CTHELPER.EXE process in Window’s Task Manager if it’s running. It’s very important as files in use cannot be removed.

Next step, we need some help from the Gurus. FnF, from the Guru3D community, kindly added our lists of the problem files and registry entries into the latest version of Guru3D – Driver Sweeper.
Guru3D – Driver Sweeper is a fast tool to remove driver leftovers from your system. It’s very important to remove your drivers on a proper way, because driver leftovers can cause problems like stability and startup problems. You can use it if you want to update/remove drivers from your system. The current supported drivers are NVIDIA (Display and Chipset), ATI (Display), Creative (Sound) Realtek (Sound), Ageia (PhysX) and Microsoft (Mouse).

The Hard Way: Manual Removal Of Files
This Manual uninstall method is quite complex and isn’t suited for most users. Always backup your valuables, registry etc. If it goes wrong, don’t blame me. It’s worth noting too that UAC should be disabled, in case anyone out there is crazy enough to be using it. I don’t recommend this way -it’s really a last resort thing.

1) Firstly begin by totally uninstalling anything with the Creative tag on it.
Control Panel > Control Panel Home > Programs > Uninstall a program

2) Next we need to remove any tricky start up entries, again anything Creative must go.
Control Panel > Control Panel Home > Programs > Change startup programs

3) Now we need to remove Creative registry entries, and there’s quite a few.

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Creative Tech
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Creative Tech
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Creative Tech
  • HKEY_LOCAL_Machine\Software\ASIO

4) Remove these files/folders:

  • C:\Windows\System32\BMX*.rfx
  • C:\Windows\System32\Data
  • C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Data *(64-bit only)
  • C:\Windows\{*.BAK
  • C:\Windows\{*.CDF *Under Vista, requires additional actions to be successfully deleted, see below.
  • C:\Windows\CTDCRES.DLL
  • C:\Windows\System32\cttele32.dll
  • C:\Windows\System32\drivers\CTOSS2K.SYS
  • C:\Windows\System32\drivers\CTSFM2K.SYS
  • C:\Program Files\Creative (delete whole folder)
  • C:\Windows\CTXFIRES.DLL
  • C:\Windows\CTPRES.DLL
  • C:\Windows\Updreg.EXE

To remove .CDF files, type the following two commands in the Command Prompt (requires Admin Privileges or UAC disabled)

takeown /f C:\Windows\*.CDF

and

cacls C:\Windows\*.CDF /G User:F

User is your username, which must have admin rights. Answer Y (yes) to confirm the changes.
Now close the prompt, open Windows Explorer and delete the files with filenames like these:

{00000005-00000000-00000002-00001102-00000004-20021102}.BAK
{00000005-00000000-00000002-00001102-00000004-20021102}.CDF

After all of this, restart and begin to install your software. I noticed that after using this method, my Creative driver packages would install much quicker. It even solved a few little bugs I was having. Bonus.

I’d like to say a big thanks to Daniel Kawakami and RejZoR for providing us with further information, thus allowing us to compile this list of problems better. Without their hard work and will to help, many of us would have no sound.

I’d also like to say a big thanks to FnF from the Guru3D.com community for adding the huge list of entries to the Guru3D.com Driver Sweeper, thus eliminating much work.

Praise them.

02/07/08 EDIT: Updated, adding instructions for official Creative uninstall tool. Thanks to Tarkan2467 and RejZoR from the Guru3D.com community for the improvements.

31/07/08 EDIT: Creative have changed the installer programs. Some files may not be present -there also will be some new ones…. Some of the advanced removal details may be out of date and inaccurate. We will add more info when available on the new uninstallers.

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56 responses

19 09 2007
Agni

Please explain more in “removing CDF files” part.
is all i hv 2 do just open the CMD.exe then simply type (EXample)
” C:\>Document and Settings\Owner>takeown /f C:\Windows\*.CDF ”
and

” C:\>Document and Settings\Owner>takeown /f C:\Windows\*.CDF ”

is that right ??? please explain more.. thx

20 09 2007
nomoregoatsoup

Run Command:

takeown /f C:\Windows\*.CDF [PRESS ENTER HERE}
cacls C:\Windows\*.CDF /G User:F [PRESS ENTER HERE}

(Replace user with your user name)

20 09 2007
paravis

I’m not understanding what these are:

# C:\Windows\{*.BAK
# C:\Windows\{*.CDF

I’m not familiar with what the usage of { is, but I know * is basically a wild card. Anyhow… I go into C:\windows (this is on vista) and see zero files, including hidden, that are .bak or .cdf. When I do a search using {*.cdf I get a huge amount of results…. and for {*.bak I get one result which doesn’t appear to be associated with creative at all.

Can you elaborate on those 2?

20 09 2007
nomoregoatsoup

I can’t elaborate more fully on those 2 entries, as I didn’t actually know much of them myself. Those entries were suggested to me and needless to say, once removed cured my bugs. I posted them here for all to try. I’m not claiming to know everything about the files. I’m just posting what I’ve learnt needs to be removed for Creative drivers and software to install fully.

If you’re uncertain of deleting any files, or perhaps you’re sensibly cautious about following home-made guides from the internet -DONT DELETE THEM.

Anyway.. Google reveals…
CDF is commonly regarded as ANDI/netCDF Mass Spectrometry Data Interchange format.
CDF files can also be used as a Netcdf Graphic file, and ASCII Format Describing VRML Worlds data file.

As for BAK, these files are often used to backup data, to be used is situations when data goes missing or gets corrupted.
Various programs use this extension; too many to list individually. Take clues from the location of the file as a possible pointer to exactly which program is producing the file. The file’s date and time can also help if you know which programs you were running when the file was written.

22 09 2007
Ben Donnelly

Hi,

Thanks for this. I had a problem removing one of the CDF files even after typing that stuff into Command Prompt. However, I was able to remove it after removing everything else on the list and restarting, so I just thought I’d share this in case anyone else has the same problem.

Ben

22 09 2007
nomoregoatsoup

Thanks for sharing your findings.
I have it on good authority that the next revision of http://www.guru3D.com driver sweeper will make removal much easier.

As soon as the newer version is available, I shall post it.
Thanks again for your input.

Goat

4 10 2007
agni

should we hv to follow this instruction altough we hv formated the XP system n installed new fresh Vista ?? please xplain 2 us

4 10 2007
nomoregoatsoup

This method will remove PREVIOUS Creative software and driver installs. New OS installs shouldn’t contain any problems, this guide is aimed at people who had the misfortune to run Creative Labs Setup.exe previously.

Basically, it’s the Creative Web Updates that refuse to uninstall properly, and leave files and entries all over the show.

As for Vista, I wish it already had a working Audigy driver on Window’s Update!

Hope this clears things up.

14 10 2007
Kadero

Hi, was wondering if someone could help me out. I have caried out EVERY SINGLE step in this guide (i.e. using the driver sweeper program and manually deleting entries) and ruthlessly eliminated any trace of Creative on this PC.
However, after I install Dan’s Unofficial software, I’m STILL getting that damn speaker selection bug. I can’t select any speaker configuration. I’m sure I had cleared EVERY single trace of Creative software before installing the new drivers, so why am I still getting this problem?

This might be related- I checked my Driver Sweeper log and I found this line:

Not deleted file (C:\Windows\{00000003-00000000-00000001-00001102-00000004-20021102}.CDF)

I tried to delete the file manually but for some reason it still says I need permission (even though I entered the two commands in command prompt).

If anyone could help me out I would GREATLY appreciate it, this problem has been driving me up the wall!

8 11 2007
Tobias Becker

Kadero, I was having the same problem as you. I tried Driver Sweeper numerous times and couldn’t seem to get rid of those darn CDF files. I even followed the manual install method and Vista wouldn’t let me delete them even after in the two commands successfully. I tried booting into Bart’s PE and still couldn’t delete.

Here’s what finally worked: I logged into the Admin account, located the files, right clicked them and went to “properties”. Then I went to the “Security” tab and added full control to the files for the account I had logged into. *Finally* Vista let me then delete the files.

For some reason I had problems installing the Pack 2 drivers from this site after doing that. However, I let Windows find the drivers automatically, then ran through the driver removal steps again. This time they installed and I finally have the speaker selection box back! Hope this helps…if you have more questions I can try to be more specific as to my steps.

By the way, this site has been a godsend…I was about to throw my Audigy out the window and use onboard sound, I was so frustrated by Creative and the treatment of loyal fans (since 1992).

12 11 2007
jag

Hi, Nomore,

Thanks for your advice about removing the creative drivers. I started to delete items from the registry, but then switched to installing drive sweeper, which worked fast and fine. However, in my “add of remove programs,” all of the creative programs are still showing as named items: Creative AudioHQ, Creative Driver, Creative Jukebox Driver, Creative Playcenter, Creative Recorder, and Creative Sound Mixer. How do I get all these names to go away?

17 11 2007
JudyB_123

Has anyone else got a Zen player? Its hard to decide what to remove as these of course are by Creative, so I am a bit reluctant to remove all the folders (I tried to remove all but the ones I could determine were definitely Zen).

We’re on XP and it was fairly sudden that the 5-1 system suddenly went to 2-1! I tried downloading the latest Creative drivers and ended up with no sound at all.

Will let you know what happens when I find a CD to burn these drivers onto and then install them. I’ll see if the Zen files cause problems

18 11 2007
Sli.Scar

Hi there, I am currently very stressed out due to this error, I just got crysis, had the ‘12.15.0002’ x-fi drivers installed and after a few hours my computer froze up, it has been doing this for a while with gaming applications, so I looked on the internet after I rebooted and saw there were new drivers for my sound card and it said that it resolved an issue with 4gb ram and 64-bit Vista, so I thought I would give it a go…

…as with every other time I have installed my drivers I went to add/remove programs uninstalled the control panel first, no problem, uninstalled the x-fi driver no problem, rebooted, canceled vista trying to install its own drivers, only to be welcomed by…

“Error: You have previously installed drivers without rebooting. Please reboot and try again”

…now, I can not install the new drivers, I can not install the old drivers (pretty much wont let me install anything that is creative software) I am not an expert with computers, but I know quite a lot, I built the thing and have done a lot of troubleshooting, I seem to have picked up a lot from dealing with problems -_-…

…anyhow I tried the most basic thing to see if it would work, system restore, sure enough it restores my computer with my card recognized and installed but the software is full of errors, for example I can not open the control panel because it does not think its there, and this applies to trying to get rid of it from add/remove programs…

…I have tried booting in safe mode, clean boot, and have tried to remove all traces of creative from my computer from the C: drive, windows folder, driver folders, temp folders, registry…etc, manually and with, ccleaner, driversweeper, drivercleanerpro and a few others but nothing works, I still get the same error message…

…I am pretty certain it is something to do with the creative software as there are a few others on the net I have looked at with this problem but theirs was fixed after the drivercleaner pro or ccleaner stage, everything else works in the computer, games even run when I system restored, but I can not make any changes to the sound settings, update/remove drivers, it is stuck…

…the final thing is that after I uninstalled and rebooted the first time, this appeared in my add/remove programs “Creative Soundblaster Properties x64 Edition” which when I try and remove says that the program did not uninstall properly, and I get an option of using recommended removal settings or selecting it did remove properly, however it was not there to remove in the first place…

…I really would appreciate some help, I am confident if I wipe everything to do with creative from my computer it will allow me to install the drivers again, sorry for the long post, and thanks

24 11 2007
muddymind

If you’ve got Vista, then in order to successfuly execute

takeown /f C:\Windows\*.CDF

and

cacls C:\Windows\*.CDF /G User:F

you must press Win-R, type cmd and enter those commands. Its important that you do as I said and after you type cmd (and press enter of course:)), you’ll open command prompt and find yourself in your user folder: C:\Users\User (Instead of User there’s your name). You must enter the commands from there. This is because calcs.exe works in that folder only. Now you can safely remove left CDF files.

31 01 2008
daniel W

I tried all of the above for Windows Vista Ultimate x64 with my Creative X-FI and nothing worked. MY SOLUTION: Create a new user account, grant it admin, try the install from the new account. Worked for me. you can remove the new account after you are done. apparently there are more temp files stored somewhere in the profile.

31 03 2008
sketchyfish

hello and first man this guy has mad skills to do this my xfi card hasnt sounded better im telling ua why cant those wankers do this anyway turning off dobly support and that whats the point if he proved it works why cant they???

and no its says adugy but read else were that these might work weith xfi cards???
but only got adugy cards listed so didnt want to try it but did find on here the old xfi drivers pack.but there is a new march 8th driver out for xfi and wanted to no if danny boy will be makeing a new pack from these????

seems these older cards have more support at mo than my new fatal1ty pro card?? but this card hasnt sounded better than with his drivers but is missing the bit software that goes in by clock to switch from music to games and controls all the options so dont ave to go in control panel which i used a lot but im sure that i cant use that with these as it says i have to wipe all my old creative software from my drive so can i use it maybe just try to install that as i could change all my settings from that panel control…like the doby i cant see that anywere apart from it sounding better i cant see any diff to my software options now but guess he made the adigy drivers better not xfi???

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4 06 2008
tom

these don’t display properly in firefox 2.0.14 on vista ultimate x32 for me:
{00000005-00000000-00000002-00001102-00000004-20021102}.BAK
{00000005-00000000-00000002-00001102-00000004-20021102}.CDF
so i put them in this comment in hopes of helping others…
HTH tom

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29 07 2008
nomoregoatsoup

Thanks Tom. As you can probably guess, I’m not a Firefox user! :D

2 08 2008
BigBrit

Download the latest drivers from Creative.

Boot XP in SAFE MODE and install the drivers, works every time.

3 08 2008
nomoregoatsoup

BigBrit: That’s the plan -but believe me that won’t fix issues like “empty speaker selection” in the Audio Console. It will just reinstall over the top -leaving many problem files behind (especially in Vista).

9 10 2008
Jim Calhoon

Hi all, I have an old Audigy card I bought with the Creative Inspire 5700 Digital 5.1 speaker/amplifier system years ago, it still gives great sound through DVD (optical) PS3 (spdif) and XP (digital DIN). After a recent system crash I decided to bite the bullet and go for Vista, used Daniel Kawakami’s fantastic drivers and all is great apart from I cant get any sound through the digital DIN (digital output only is checked).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers
Jim

25 02 2009
Gerard

Thanks for the guide.

I had major problems uninstalling creative drivers. I tried driver sweeper and it it would not remove the CDF file. I tried the steps in this guide and the only file remaining was the CDF file, which I still couldn’t remove as an administrator.

Driver Sweeper 2 beta 2 is out. I installed this, turned UAC off and right clicked>run as administrator on driver sweeper and ran a scan. After reboot the file was finally gone.

Hope this helps.

25 02 2009
nomoregoatsoup

Thanks Gerard, I’ll amend the page. Thanks again for the input. :)

8 03 2009
Daniel

If you’ll just empty the temp file locations (as listed by Windows), then run CCleaner, the install will proceed without a hitch. This fixes the “already installed, didn’t restart” sort of nonsense. However, the many many other options that were supposed to have done the job weren’t as effective as emptying the temp and wintemp file locations.

4 05 2009
VeNoMmx

Good day mates:
I did this step by step and well, it didn’t worked, i tried the hard way as well as the easy way and none of them worked, i was frustrated and well i tried to remove the creative drivers from the device manager and then i tought a simple idea, i saw that there was an unknown device that was my X-Fi so then i right clicked, verified on the options and then a tought came to my mind, why not just update the driver and specify where i want to update it from! so with winrar i uncompressed the creative installer, and i specified the update drivers to search on the folder that i extracted the creative installer (on the /drivers folder) and they it recognized the device…the sound card installed successfully and then i just installed the application Creative Console Launcher and it worked like a charm, if i try to install i still get the “you have not rebooted” but it is working now!

well, hope that helps a bit

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3 11 2009
Bjorn AAge

I’m a very unexperience user. I have a Creative camera. When I want to use it on Skype I get the answer that someother program is using the camera. What can I do to find out what program is using it?
Can anyone help? Tks

22 11 2009
nick

cheers nomoregoatsoup

you are truly a lifesaver!

17 06 2010
helpful dude

there’s also key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\creative tech for windows 7 64 bit that needs to be removed

21 09 2010
DyP

if you have that annoying “audio device busy” problem, try an “advanced uninstall”

It helped me, Vista x64 + X-fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series, 2.18.0013 driver

symptoms of this problem:
– no test sound on SPDIF OUT (device busy)
– DDL / DTS connect decoder switches back to off saying the audio device was busy and you should stop playback
– no DTS or dolby sourround / pl output (3rd party DVD player app, AC3Filter) via SPDIF pass-through, or only some annoying noise using PCM

advanced uninstall: (no warranties! use it at your own risk! and so on….)
it’s based on the manual uninstall mentioned in the article, but adds some steps.
– First run step 1) from the original manual install (all the numbers here refer to it). No need to reboot between uninstalls. After uninstalling all of them, reboot.
– uninstall the driver/sound device. use the device manager for this. go into the properties and select tab “driver”, then uninstall.

– I could leave out step 2) for my fix. Used msconfig the unsuccessful try before, and then forgot to reactivate them. -> leave this step out.

– then run driver sweeper and do step 3)
– as driver sweeper doesn’t look in the WOW6432Node s, search for them in the registry (search for “Creative labs” and “Creative Tech” w/o quotes, of course) and delete them

– now step 4) (the wicked one). take a look in these directories (windows\system32, ….) mentioned in the original manual uninstall. There might be more files from creative than listed. I renamed all files that looked like Creative’s with a suffix .bak (CT####.dll -> CT####.dll.bak). They’re mostly named CT…., watch out for two files from M$ have the same prefix ct!!!! You’ll find most of the files in SysWow64 subdir.
– something I found later: you could also remove the AppData\Roaming\Creative folder from each user’s dir.

– reboot

you should now have a clean system. If you’ve suffered from that device busy problem, install the driver (for me, 2.18.0013 worked fine). Reboot. The SPDIF out should’nt be busy any longer, you can do the test sound and all that. Don’t forget to configure the output formats. Then, install the DDL package and reboot again. You can still configure the device completely using the Audio Control Panel app that’s bundled with the driver (no need for the console launcher).

22 09 2010
nomoregoatsoup

Thanks DyP, I’ve passed the registry information along to Phyxion the creator of Guru3D Driver Sweeper. Thanks for the contribution.

Edit:

Driver Sweeper 2.5.0 already introduced some missing entries from Creative cleaning, however, I’ll look into it and see if there is anything left to clean The best thing however is simple, list all entries required to be cleaned (Full registry and file paths), and it’s a lot easier for me to add. Even though I have a Creative card, not all cards use the same files. – Phyxion, Author of Guru3D Driver Sweeper

Kick ass. Time to compile a list of registry entries…

23 09 2010
DyP

Well, I’d like to send you an e-mail, but I’ve to admit I couldn’t find any address or form here o.O

You should have mine (or worpress has, at least), so you could send me a mail. the list’s a bit long to post here, I think. And someone could easily assume it was all correct and tested :P

Additionally, I think uninstalling the driver was an essential part (via device manager, just make sure you *delete* the driver when uninstalling the device)

26 09 2010
nomoregoatsoup

hehe it’s there if you look really careful, but I admit it’s quite well hidden – spammers love wordpress. LOL

We’re working on an updated Windows 7 list, and any help would be fantastic for everyone -thank you.

Edit: Message received loud and clear DyP!
Thanks for taking the time to compile this list, it beats our missing entry list!

I’ve sumbitted your list to the driver sweeper author here.

http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?p=3718220#post3718220

He’s a great guy and will implement any missing entries ASAP.
I’d also like to merge it with the “how to fully uninstall creative drivers
section”, if that’s ok with you?

It’s a really good list, and worthy of being recycled.

Thanks for all your help!

2 11 2010
Nickson5

HI,

I had the cracking sound issue in some full screen video and some scene in games with win 7 and my Audigy. I wanted to reinstall the most recent driver but I screwed it instead. I Started the installer and it asked to uninstall current driver and reboot but during the deinstallation, I got a blue screen? Then I tried to install the Driver and it says. “You previously installed a driver without rebooting. Reboot and Try again.” Shut up!<—Why not remove that stupid message instead of all this mess? I was screaming at my screen I don't give a f**k! Install anyway. I tried gruru's driver sweeper, (maybe my version is not up to date?) Drivercleaner, cccleaner. I tried the manual way of deleting files. The first time I was able to remove the .CDF file in safe mode and I was able to install the driver. I enabled my admin account to try with it. I rebooted and gameport driver wasn't installed and I didn't get any sound. Creative control center tells me that cannot find my sound card. AhRGG

In the meanwhile, I found Daniel K's drivers and I was happy but he didn't remove the previous driver checker that can't do it's job because I REBOOTED stupid driver!? 46 times?
Anyway now with driver sweeper i cannot find any files but each time I try to install the driver it creates a reg key that driversweeper finds. I still find creatives reg key in the registry but maybe more assosiated to programs sound config like all my vst plugin and audio software.

I had problems to install drivers with that sound card since I have it when it was a brand new product. They really suck at drivers. I think my card is worth updating now and I think NOT buying a creative if possible Because I will still have the same issue.

Thanks for all the advices here!

2 11 2010
Nickson5

:)

My solution was
In Safe mode:
– Uninstall all Creative software from program and features
– Remove driver from device manager and check “uninstall driver software”
– Driver Sweeper 2.6
In normal mode:
– Create another admin user and log with it.
– Install the driver and reboot
*The driver installs in safe mode but with the services disabled it doesn’t detect the sound card later in normal mode. With my normal user i still get the anoying message that prevents installation.
-Sound if back. No cracking in the sound anymore (Not sure because i’m not home on the 1080p)

26 08 2011
Rehab Centers

Very interesting post! Thank you for such useful resource! I have a small dick.

6 10 2011
vipul desai

The hardware’s installation video clip should have to show on site for easy installation understanding. If this will put on net it will be very helpful if a step of installation may forget.

24 12 2011
very informative

Thanks for these helpful solutions to uninstall Creative devices and/or drivers! I found this thread thru an internet search and it really helped me out. There is yet another “fix” for stubborn devices/drivers I would like to recommend: accessing the Control Panel thru a command prompt to show hidden **disconnected** devices.

This .cmd dialogue is not the same as simply clicking “show hidden devices” in Control Panel. Previous devices, which are no longer installed, and leftover drivers from software you uninstalled, are seen and can be uninstalled with a simple right-click/uninstall to clean up old drivers and uninstalled programs and services which did not get deleted even when the associated program was uninstalled. I found 2 Creative entries: Creative Interface Manager Driver (WDM) and Creative SoundFont Manager Driver (WDM) which had persisted despite following all the instructions above and rebooting, etc.

All credit to the original poster, at tech-recipescom: http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/504/how-to-uninstall-hidden-devices-drivers-and-services/

How to uninstall hidden devices, drivers, and services

Works with Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, all SP levels

To get rid of that unwanted driver, device, or service:
1) Open the “Start” menu and choose “Run…”
2) Type in “cmd” (without the quotes) and click “ok”.
3) At the cmd prompt, type in “set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1″ (without the quotes) and press enter. (Note that nothing seems to happen–this is ok. We are actually setting an environment variable which is going to help us to see hidden devices)
4) On the next cmd prompt line, type in “devmgmt.msc” (without the quotes) and press enter. This will launch the Windows Device Manager Console.
5) In the Device Manager Console, from the “View” menu, select “Show Hidden Devices”.

Now, as you expand the different drivers and devices in device manager you will see not only the items that Windows currently detects as installed on your pc (these are the usual items displayed), but you will also see drivers, devices, and services which have been loaded in the past but were not uninstalled or are not currently started. You can find your offending device, right-click, and choose “uninstall” to remove it from the system completely.

Be careful though; you should note that non-loaded devices, drivers, and services are “grayed” out, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should delete all of them. Only remove items you know you don’t need. And, be careful that you don’t change too many devices or you might need to re-activate your Windows installation.

Last thing, if you accidentally exit the Device Manager Console you will need to start over again at the cmd prompt. To close the cmd prompt window, type “exit” (without the quotes).

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2 12 2013

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