I have the devices below, but when I right-click uninstall in Device Manager, it uninstalls correctly, reappearing when I refresh the list of devices.

Is there a way to uninstall the device from the Registry or a Windows folder, and what would be the way to proceed in these cases?


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    You have to tick the box at the bottom of the uninstall dialogue in Device Manager to delete the installation drivers/install files - if that tick box doesn't show, it's an OEM driver (e.g. System OEM drivers that get installed to %WinDir%\INF\Oem##.inf with no uninstall program for them because they're not intended to ever be uninstalled because they're OEM drivers) and the only way to permanently remove that I know of would be clean install Windows/restore to a point prior to driver installation
    – JW0914
    Feb 12 at 12:29
  • I get a "warning: you are going to uninstall this emergency device" box which I click on to accept and it is uninstalled but when I go back to the device manager to reload it is still there.
    – zeros
    Feb 13 at 8:13
  • That's an odd warning message for a BT personal area network adapter - please try redoing the uninstall by ticking the box to delete the install drivers, then reboot immediately afterwards. Rebooting shouldn't be necessary to fully remove the device from Device Manager since it shouldn't be able to be recognized again since the install drivers have been remove - if it's still there after ticking that box and a reboot, the install drivers aren't being removed for some reason
    – JW0914
    Feb 13 at 14:09
  • Nothing doesn't stop me, it keeps appearing, there is no way to delete it from the registry?
    – zeros
    Feb 14 at 8:03
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    Sfc doesn't do anything with drivers and hardware (please see this answer for what it does), You can try a repair install of Windows, but I doubt that would resolve this - if it is an issue with Device Manager itself, it would, as the error message you're getting isn't normal. To do a repair install, download the Windows install ISO, extract it to a directory, then run Windows' setup.exe while booted to Windows. If that doesn't resolve it, backup your data and do a clean install
    – JW0914
    Feb 14 at 13:22


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