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How to reduce unnecessary drivers in Windows 10

Ed Tittel | Nov. 6, 2015
Like its predecessors, once you've run Windows 10 for a while, it can suffer from driver bloat. But using DriverStore Explorer and some simple techniques, you whittle down the number of obsolete or unused drivers that might be slowing you down.

With Nvidia display drivers typically consuming 400+ MB per copy (or version), keeping older drivers around is quite literally a waste of space. You can keep two versions for safety if you like, but there's no reason to have more than that in the driver store. (Before I started doing regular clean-ups myself, I might find a dozen or more Nvidia display drivers on a PC with a one-to two-year-old OS install running.)

Because you have to work at it to hurt yourself using RAPR, you needn't feel compelled to make a restore point before cleaning up your driver store. But because I'm a "belt-and-suspenders" kind of guy, I've gotten in that habit just in case I accidentally remove something it turns out I really need. You can always reload that restore point from the repair/recovery media for your OS if you wind up with a failing or unbootable machine after a too-aggressive clean-up. Who knows? It could come in handy. With a backup you can clean up whatever you want, whenever you want without fear.


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