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I did a google search and found tools like devcon and devmanview but they are only useful to disable/enable the device not the device driver. What I want to do is be able to disable/enable a particular device driver via command line. Anybody know any tool which can help me do this?

In my case, I actually want to disable/enable a Nvme Mass storage device driver.

Update- I tried using the sc.exe suggested, but I didn't succeed in stopping the driver. Any help?

    C:\Users\Administrator>sc query nvme
    SERVICE_NAME: nvme
    TYPE               : 1  KERNEL_DRIVER
    STATE              : 4  RUNNING
                            (STOPPABLE, NOT_PAUSABLE, IGNORES_SHUTDOWN)
    WIN32_EXIT_CODE    : 0  (0x0)
    SERVICE_EXIT_CODE  : 0  (0x0)
    CHECKPOINT         : 0x0
    WAIT_HINT          : 0x0

    C:\Users\Administrator>sc stop nvme [SC] ControlService FAILED 1052:
    The requested control is not valid for this service.
  • What is Windows 2012? – DavidPostill Feb 16 '16 at 23:10
  • I meant Windows Server 2012 microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/… – kate Feb 16 '16 at 23:15
  • Fixed it for you. We don't need version in the title, I fixed the tags ;) – DavidPostill Feb 16 '16 at 23:17
  • I don't think you can enable/disable drivers only devices. What are you actually trying to achieve? – DavidPostill Feb 16 '16 at 23:20
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    @DavidPostill Actually, some drivers can be stopped (even file system drivers!) - Kate, what's the output of sc queryex type= driver | findstr /i service_name (all literal); is the desired driver in there? – Ben N Feb 16 '16 at 23:22
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You can use the sc.exe utility for this.

sc query type= driver | findstr WHAT_IM_LOOKING_FOR

If you find what you're looking for, you can at stop the driver with:

sc stop EXACT_DRIVER_NAME_AS_LISTED_BY_QUERY

Obviously you'll need a shell with administrator privileges to do this. If you're looking to automate this at login, you can make a batch file and install it as an administrator with task scheduler. Tasks installed that require administrator privileges, but were installed by an administrator, will not prompt for privileges at startup, but will be granted them automatically.

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    I am having trouble with this -\n C:\Users\Administrator>sc.exe query type= driver | findstr nvme SERVICE_NAME: nvme DISPLAY_NAME: nvme C:\Users\Administrator>sc stop nvme [SC] ControlService FAILED 1052: The requested control is not valid for this service. – kate Feb 17 '16 at 1:15
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    @Kate I guess then that the driver is not stoppable. – user72945 Feb 17 '16 at 3:13
  • @kate actually from your update, the service is listed as STOPPABLE, so I suspect the issue is something else. I'd recommend a new question, as this is now technically a separate issue. – user72945 Feb 17 '16 at 3:14
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i'm able to stop the driver

C:\Windows\system32>sc stop kmd
SERVICE_NAME: kmd
        TYPE               : 1  KERNEL_DRIVER
        STATE              : 3  STOP_PENDING
                                (STOPPABLE, NOT_PAUSABLE, IGNORES_SHUTDOWN)
        WIN32_EXIT_CODE    : 0  (0x0)
        SERVICE_EXIT_CODE  : 0  (0x0)
        CHECKPOINT         : 0x0
        WAIT_HINT          : 0x0

But the corresponding GUI is not updated in devmgmt.msc Usually when i disable the driver in Device Managenement, down arrow on the driver icon appears to confirm the driver is disabled.

with the command line sc, the down arrow does not appear

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I was able to install the free 'devcon.exe' utility inside the Windows 10 driver kit from Microsoft.

This utility will let you enable / disable whatever you see in Driver Manager. In my case, I found that the High Definition Audio Bus from Microsoft on Windows 10 was badly written and was consuming 10% of CPU always. I disabled it with:

devcon.exe disable PCI\VEN_8086"&"DEV_9D71*

You have to run this as administrator, so I put this into a .bat file, and made a 'run as administrator' shortcut to it.

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Try C:\> NET STOP drivername .

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