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So many USB storage device drivers installed...

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by wdro, Nov 26, 2008.

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  1. wdro

    wdro Thread Starter

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    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.
     
  2. Elvandil

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    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/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/reskit/prork/prdh_dmt_tolm.mspx
     
  3. wdro

    wdro Thread Starter

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    Thanks so much! I'm gonna try this when I get home :D

    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?
     
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