How to Uninstall or Roll Back Driver Updates on Windows 11?

How do I Roll Back Driver Updates on Windows 11? Drivers are essential for hardware to run it properly. It stands like a pool between hardware and your operating system. Without a proper driver, your hardware may not work or functions improperly. You can access all the hardware components and their drivers under Device Manager.

Sometimes Windows update also ships with a few drivers and installs them on your PC. However, if you wish, you can manually update the driver. Sometimes the updated drivers might be malfunctioning, and you want to roll back to the earlier version.

How to Roll Back Driver Updates on Windows 11?

When you encounter issues with hardware, you should try to roll back the drivers to their previous version. Many times bad drivers are the main problem not to work hardware correctly. However, it is possible to roll back the driver update on Windows 11.

Step 1. Click on the Start button on the taskbar or press Windows + S shortcut keys to open the Search menu. In the search field, type device manager and click on its search result to open the same.

Step 2. In the Device Manager, double-click on the devices tree to expand and view the device details. For instance, we want to roll back the drivers of the Keyboard; hence, we have expanded Human Interface Devices by double-clicking on it.

Step 3. Right-click on the device you want to roll back the driver update and select the Properties option from the context menu.

Step 4. Navigate to the Driver tab in the pop-up window that opens and click on the Roll Back Driver button.

Step 5. A new pop-up window will open. In the “Driver Package rollback” window, select any reason for rolling back the update from the list and click on the Yes bottom to initiate the roll-back process.

That’s it. Now, the latest driver update of the device will be uninstalled from your PC. Restart your computer and check if everything is working correctly.

How to Update the Drivers Manually on Windows 11?

If you would like to update the drivers of any device manually on Windows 11, perform the following steps:-

Step 1. Click on the Start button on the taskbar or press Windows + S shortcut keys to open the Search menu. In the search field, type device manager and click on its search result to open the same.

Step 2. In the Device Manager, double-click on the devices tree to expand and view the device details. For instance, we want to update the drivers of the Keyboard; hence, we have expanded Human Interface Devices by double-clicking on it.

Step 3. Right-click on the device you want to update the drivers and select the Properties option from the context menu.

Step 4. Navigate to the Driver tab in the pop-up window that opens and click on the Update Driver button.

Step 5. A new window will appear now. Here, you will be greeted with two options:-

  • Search automatically for drivers
  • Browse my computer for drivers

If you want to update the drivers online and automatically, then click on the first option, “Search automatically for drivers.”

Once you select the above option, Windows will search online for available updates, and if an update is available for your device, it will install automatically. Finally, you should see a message that the hardware you installed will not work until you restart your computer.

Step 6. Restart your computer.

How to Disable or Turn Off Automatic Driver Updates on Windows 11?

If you would like to disable or turn off automatic driver updates on Windows 11, perform the following steps:-

Step 1. Press Windows + S hotkey to launch the Search menu. Type Change device installation settings and then click on the relevant search result in the search results.

Step 2. In the Device installation settings window that appears, select the second option No (your device might not work as expected) and then click on the Save Changes button.

That’s it. Now drivers will not be updated automatically by Microsoft. However, we recommend keeping the automatic updates of the drivers turned on as they may come with new features or some bug fixes. If you have decided to turn if, you should opt for a third-party driver update software.

Good luck.

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