Free Windows Of Memory-Sucking Device Drivers

    February 1, 2006

Download Squad links to a great tip for freeing Windows of device drivers you don’t use, which sit in system memory.

This means that every time you boot, Windows loads these drivers, even if you only plugged in the device once, months ago.

The instruction are simple. In System Properties, click Environment Variables on the Advanced tab and add a new devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices with a value of 1. Now, in Device Manager, you can click View | Show Hidden Devices and see grayed out icons indicating hidden, not in use device drivers loaded into memory. Just uninstall them like you’d do any driver.

Good deal? Great deal.

Also, did you know Windows Key + Break brings up System Properties?

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