How to Delete Legacy Drivers

by Alexandra Romanov

Installing new hardware on your computer is much easier in recent years. Plug and play makes it possible to add and delete components quickly. The only concern is when you forget to delete old files that were used to run the old components. These files, usually referred to as "legacy drivers," are no longer necessary and can take up a great deal of space in your computer. In most cases, removing the old unused files is a process that takes only a few minutes.

Open the Windows Device Manager. From the Control Panel, choose "System" and select the tab marked "Hardware." The first button is the one for the Device Manager.

Find your sound, video and game controller drivers. After you have clicked on " Device Driver," scroll down the list until you find the entry for "Sound, Video and Game Controllers"; expand that item by selecting the small "+" sign next to it.

Uninstall the legacy drivers. From the list created when you expanded the "sound, video and game controllers" option, right-click on each legacy driver and choose the option to uninstall.

Reboot the system. After you have uninstalled the legacy drivers, reboot the system to be sure of a clean installation and to ensure that all of your programs will use the new sound card.

Repeat the above steps for other legacy drivers.


  • check If there is no option to uninstall, it's because the drivers to the new sound card are not properly in place. Rebooting the system will normally fix this.

About the Author

Alexandra Romanov is a writer in southern Illinois. Her articles appear online and in print media, including "Spirit Seeker" magazine and "USA Today." A professional writer for more than 15 years, Romanov frequently covers technology, gadgets and computer-related issues. Her degrees include an M.A. in journalism.