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I am having a problem getting a specific device to work, and I am trying to start from square one by making sure there are absolutely no leftover files from driver installs on my system. Specifically I'm trying to get rid of the UC-Logic drivers for a Monoprice 10x6 tablet.

However, I have found copies of the driver files in the windows DriverStore\FileRepository. But windows will not let me delete any folders from that location.

The best info I have found so far is to use pnputil.exe, however, since the drivers are not currently installed, it is not listed as an inf file that I can remove.

I could, as a scorched earth policy, jump into OS X and just delete them from there, but I'm worried that this may cause me issues. I would much rather find the 'proper' way of doing it.

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The "proper" way is to not manually delete the files in the FileReposity, hence it's trying to stop you from doing it. ;) Anyhow, this definitely seems like an XY problem. –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 May 19 '13 at 15:59
    
have you ever tried my linked command/tool? –  magicandre1981 Feb 21 at 7:55

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Don't delete the files with the Explorer. remove the drivers correctly with pnputil.exe

  • run pnputil -e > C:\drivers.txt

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  • open the file drivers.txt and look which .inf file is associated with the driver you want to remove

  • run pnputil.exe -d oem<NUMBER>.inf

This removes the driver correctly. If this is too complicated, you can use the tool DriverStore Explorer [RAPR]

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Click on enumerate, select the driver and click on Delete Package.

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USE THIS ZIP FILE TO TAKE OWNERSHIP . It makes life easier! It'll basically add a nice & easy 'Take Ownership' button in the drop down Menu when you Right Click on any folder you want deleted.

It's extremely EASY to install. Just RUN it and click OK :) It will show up immediately and there's no need to Reboot or Restart your computer.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/add-take-ownership-to-explorer-right-click-menu-in-vista/

I'm certain WINDOWS tries extremely hard to HELP us all not mess up our working computers, and people really don't know how to enter the REGISTRY to delete things thoroughly there. But learning is all part of life, so any time we can learn and then pass on wisdom, let's do it with dignity and free of charge.

For Example.. Say you want to delete something useless you no longer use or need or want inside " C:/ProgramFiles "

Well, just because you delete it there, doesn't mean it was deleted from the REGISTRY. So then you hit the WINDOWS FLAG KEY plus the R' KEY and type in "regedit" (without parenthesis)

Press OK. And BOOM.. you're in the sacred holy place of the REGISTRY.

Next you just go into the HKEY_Current_User or HKey_Local_Machine and enter the "SOFTWARE" folder to locate the unwanted program folder of choice to simply DELETE IT from the face of the earth.

This is what all those deleting programs achieve for you.. or try to achieve for you for a share of cost .. aka wasted MONEY. LOL

They go into the REGISTRY where everything is buried under tons of folder pathways and search out the BEAST and destroy it. BUT you can do it yourself .. and it's so EASY to do once you learn how.

NEVER FEAR THINGS ON THIS PLANET. You are smarter than you think ;)

WARNING: Please BE CAREFUL not to delete anything under WINDOWS or MICROSOFT folders unless you know for certain it is safe to do so.

In the case of the System32/DriverStore you can clearly see if you have UPDATES of the same folder just by looking at the YEAR it was installed.

DO THE MATH. When did you purchase or receive your desktop or laptop??

If the DRIVER folder or driver's INF file has a newer date or current date or a year-date a couple years after the ORIGINAL Driver INF folder.. you can safely delete them, but do remember to keep the Original driver folder with the youngest/earliest Date you see listed there.

TIP: If drivers are corrupt, you can Repair them using the Windows Recovery disk or downloading a good virtual Recovery file from the internet, and then use a USB device to make REPAIRS, in case you have a MINI laptop without a CD disk tray. Google it up!

Good luck and Have fun deleted things you don't need! :p

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