To reinstall a Plug and Play device


Open Device Manager


Double-click the type of device that you want to reinstall.


Right-click the specific device you want, and then click Uninstall.


In the Confirm Device Removal dialog box, click OK.


To reinstall the device, on the Action menu, click Scan for hardware changes.


Follow the instructions on the screen.


You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure. 

To open Device Manager, click Start, and then click Control Panel. Click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System. On the Hardware tab, click Device Manager

You should reinstall a Plug and Play device only if it is working improperly or it has stopped working altogether. Before you reinstall a device, you should try to restart your computer and check the device to determine whether it is functioning properly. If it is not, try reinstalling the device.

You do not usually need to reinstall or uninstall a Plug and Play device. With Plug and Play devices, you can simply remove the device from your computer. To remove a device properly, you should follow the device manufacturer's installation/removal instructions.

Scan for hardware changes will not reinstall a Plug and Play device if it detects the device and its driver. You must uninstall a Plug and Play device before scanning for hardware changes.

If you are not an administrator or a member of the Administrators group, you can use Run as to perform certain administrator functions. For more information on how to use Run as, see Related Topics.

Related Topics


Why you should not run your computer as an administrator

Start a program as an administrator

Plug and Play overview

View devices and resource settings

Device Manager overview

Reinstall a non-Plug and Play device

Uninstalling devices

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