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Delete disabled Drivers

Posted on 2007-11-15
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Hi,
i have a question!
How can i delete disabled SCSI and Disk drivers, which are on my Windows XP Computer but not needed (i think so)!
They're marked as disabled. Those drivers seems not to be listed in the device manager, even not if i show the hidden devices!
I cant find those drivers in the filesystem to delete the .sys file!

Here are a few exambles:
- abp480n5 (SCSI miniport)
- asc (SCSI miniport)
- hpn (SCSI miniport)
- Sparrow (SCSI miniport)
-  ...
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by:imitchie
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.sys files are hidden. have you enabled, when searching, the "hidden files and folder" option?  even then, some folders may be skipped. i would advise keeping them though, since they are less than all of 1-5MB all up...
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by:Dozer42
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Agreed, unless they're causing serious problems for other applications it might be better just to leave them be. =)
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by:merowinger
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first thanks for your answers....

Addon: Search option set "search hidden files & folder"

2 Things:
- Are those drivers important? They are disabled and stopped?!?
- If i delete the Reg Key hklm\system\currentcontrolset\services\%drivername% ... they seems to be deleted...is this so?
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be very careful with windows before thinking anything unimportant! (hard lesson learnt). but anyway, yes those services can be disabled
delete reg key just removes some part of the system's knowledge of them, but doesn't delete any files - this is probably not too wise!
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by:merowinger
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So u wouldn't delete those drivers?
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Use this procedure to display non-present devices:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315539

This will allow you to remove the old drivers from Device Manager.  This may help performance in certain situations.  Don't worry about deleting the actual files.
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