Force Device Manager To Install Older Driver.


Mitch

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Hi, I did a clean install of Windows 11 a couple of weeks ago which went well. Windows installed device drivers and Dell SupportAssist installed the rest. I backed up/exported the drivers to a USB drive beforehand. Prior to the clean install, I installed a problematic audio driver using SuportAssist which caused problems, and Dell instructed me to roll back to the previous version. Windows reinstalled the problem driver after the clean install and I wanted to use the USB driver backup file to reinstall the older version. I followed Shawn's' tutorial from Sep 2022. The steps were :- Device Manager/Sound Controllers/Update Driver/Browse My PC/ Location USB (incl sub folders/ Browse to USB Driver Backup Folder.
Shawn said in the Tutorial that Device Manager will search for and install driver if it is newer than what is currently installed. After this, the message appeared "Windows has determined that the best driver for this device is currently installed" - which it isn't. I eventually gave up and re-downloaded the older driver from the Dell website.
Is there a way to force Device Manager to install an older driver from the backup USB, as newer isn't always better. Thanks.
 

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Drive Z: is my USB drive.
 

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Hi @OAT . Thanks for your reply. When I was trying to reinstall the Audio driver stored on the USB, I went through the procedure both yourself and Shawn said. After searching the USB for the old driver, it wouldn't install it as it was older than the faulty new driver which Windows had installed after the clean install. Obviously, after the clean install the option to Roll Back to the older driver was not available. It seems that Windows will only install the latest driver good or bad.
 

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Hi @OAT . Thanks for your reply. When I was trying to reinstall the Audio driver stored on the USB, I went through the procedure both yourself and Shawn said. After searching the USB for the old driver, it wouldn't install it as it was older than the faulty new driver which Windows had installed after the clean install. Obviously, after the clean install the option to Roll Back to the older driver was not available. It seems that Windows will only install the latest driver good or bad.

Uninstall the faulty driver first

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Then prevent WU from installing the new one.
 

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  • OS
    Win11 All /Debian/Arch
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. TUF Gaming FX705GM
    CPU
    2.20 gigahertz Intel i7-8750H Hyper-threaded 12 cores
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. FX705GM 1.0
    Memory
    24428 Megabytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 630 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) Display Audio / Realtek(R) Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Integrated Monitor (17.3"vis)
    Screen Resolution
    FHD 1920X1080 16:9
    Hard Drives
    2 SSD SATA/NVM Express 1.3
    WDS500G2B0A-00SM50 500.1 GB
    WDCSDAPNUW-1002 256 GB
    PSU
    19V DC 6.32 A 120 W
    Cooling
    Dual Fans
    Mouse
    MS Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    Fiber 1GB Cox -us & ADSL Bouygues -fr
    Browser
    Edge Canary- Firefox Nightly
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    VMs of Windows 11 stable/Beta/Dev/Canary
    VM of XeroLinux- Arch based & Debian 12
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Insider Canary
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS X751BP
    CPU
    AMD Dual Core A6-9220
    Motherboard
    ASUS
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R5 M420
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3
    Screen Resolution
    1600X900 16:9
    Hard Drives
    1TB 5400RPM
Hi Oat. I'll give it a try. Thanks again for your help.
 

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