How to Remove Legacy Drivers From a Registry in Windows XP

Written by stephen lilley
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When you manually install a Legacy hardware component onto your Windows XP computer, something called a "driver" gets put in your computer's registry. The driver is nothing more than a program that contains instructions that Windows XP uses to understand how to work your new hardware. If you want to remove the driver associated with a particular Legacy hardware component from your registry, use the Device Manager.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Right-click "My Computer." Click "Properties."

  2. 2

    Click the "Hardware" tab. Click the "Device Manager" button.

  3. 3

    Right-click on your Legacy hardware component's listing in the Device Manager. Click "Properties."

  4. 4

    Click the "Driver" tab.

  5. 5

    Click "Uninstall Driver" to remove your Legacy hardware driver from the Windows XP registry.

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