How to roll back driver version on Windows 11

If a device driver isn't working correctly after a recent update, use these steps to restore the previous version on Windows 11.

Windows 11 roll back driver

On Windows 11, the “Roll Back Driver” is a feature that allows you to uninstall the current hardware driver and restore the version previously installed on the computer.

This feature comes in handy to restore the last known working version of the driver when you manually update a driver, or a newer update downloads automatically through Windows Update for a specific hardware (graphics card, network adapter, camera, etc.) that ends up breaking the hardware or a particular feature.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to restore a previous working version of a device driver on Windows 11.

How to restore previous driver version on Windows 11

To uninstall and rollback a driver to an older version on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Device Manager and click the top result to open the app.

  3. Expand the category with the driver to roll back.

  4. Right-click the adapter and select the Properties option.

    Device Manager properties

  5. Click the Driver tab.

  6. Click the Roll Back Driver button.

    Windows 11 roll back driver

    Quick note: If the option is grayed out, the system doesn’t have a previous version of the driver.
  7. Select a reason for rolling back the driver.

  8. Click the Yes button.

Once you complete the steps, the older version of the driver will be restored, and the newer version will be removed. If the option to roll back is grayed out, it might be possible to download an older version of the controller from the manufacturer’s support website. If this is the case, you may need to remove the current driver and then use the manufacturer’s instructions to install the older version of the driver on Windows 11.

While this guide focuses on Windows 11, these instructions should also work on Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7.