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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Right-click "My Computer." Click "Properties."
Click the "Hardware" tab. Click the "Device Manager" button.
Right-click on your Legacy hardware component's listing in the Device Manager. Click "Properties."
Click the "Driver" tab.
Click "Uninstall Driver" to remove your Legacy hardware driver from the Windows XP registry.
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