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Windows: Removing a Plug and Play driver from the driver store.

November 21, 2011

When an OEM kernel driver is installed in Windows, driver files are typically installed to the following locations:

  • \Windows\inf\ – the .inf file is renamed to oem#.inf
  • \Windows\System32\drivers\

To remove a particular .inf file and related files, see the following article:

On Vista and later, the driver is also added to the Windows Driver Store located in:

  • \Windows\System32\DriverStore

The oem.inf filename for a particular driver can be found by enumerating all of the OEM drivers in the Driver Store.

To enumerate the plug-and-play drivers, from a Windows cmd prompt opened in administrator mode, run:

  • pnputil.exe –e

To remove a particular OEM driver from the driver store use:

  • pnputil.exe -d oem#.inf

Reference:

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