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Show disconnected devices in Device Manager allowing them to be uninstalled (TTID #419)

Author: TACKtech Team   Views: 42,771 /  Created: May 15, 2008
Problem:

After replacing or removing hardware from a computer, the device(s) are not shown in the Device Manager. This prevents the uninstalling of the device(s) which may cause system to run sluggish.



Solution:

Click Start > Run...

Type cmd into the Open: textbox.

Click the OK button.

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Type set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1 at the command prompt.

Type devmgmt.msc at the command prompt.

Click the OK button.

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In Device Manager:

Click View > Show hidden devices from the menu.

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Click on the + to expand the hardware type of the device that was removed.

Identify the removed hardware item(s).
These devices will appear lighter in color, or gray.

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Right Click on the removed hardware item.

Left Click on Uninstall from the menu.

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Confirm Device Removal dialog:

Click the OK button.

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After all of the removed hardware item(s) have been uninstalled,
Close the Device Manager.
Then, Close Command Prompt.

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