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26-Nov-2008, 01:39 PM #1
So many USB storage device drivers installed...
Yesterday we had a class presentation and my laptop was used to connect to the projector. So everyone in my class plugged their USB drives in my laptop. Every time a new USB drive was inserted, my laptop said hardware found and Windows would install a driver for that. Is this going to cause a problem? How do I uninstall these extra drivers? My laptop won't be using those USB drives ever again - other than my own one of course.
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26-Nov-2008, 02:12 PM #2
No, it won't cause any problems at all and the drivers will not load after they are unplugged.

But, if you want, you can actually remove these "phantom" drivers. I do it occasionally since it just makes sense that having fewer things to be checked on boot is going to speed things up.

You can use these to remove non-present devices:

USB Device Viewer
USBView


I also enable the viewing of so-called "phantom devices" in Device Manager (when the hidden devices are enabled under the View menu) so that all the drivers can be seen:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro..._dmt_tolm.mspx
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26-Nov-2008, 03:16 PM #3
Thanks so much! I'm gonna try this when I get home

EDIT: It worked but I am not sure what this is

Port_#0001.Hub_#0006 @oem31.inf,%usb\vid_0483&pid_2016.devicedesc%;TouchChip Fingerprint Coprocessor

and this

Port_#0001.Hub_#0007 Generic STORAGE DEVICE USB Device

Should I remove both?

Last edited by wdro; 26-Nov-2008 at 08:40 PM..
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