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How to reinstall a Device in Windows 7 through Device Manager

Description: The following article describes how to reinstall a device in Windows 7 Device Manager. This can be useful when experiencing problems with certain devices such as a Network Adapter or Sound Card.

  1. Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of the screen.
  2. Right click on Computer and select Manage.
    Windows 7 Start Menu, Computer, Manage
  3. In the left pane in Computer Management, click Device Manager.
    Windows 7 Computer Management, Device Manager
  4. Expand the heading for the device category.
    Windows 7 Device Manager, Network Adapters
  5. Right click on the device to be reinstalled and select Uninstall.
    Windows 7 Device Manager, Uninstall Device
  6. Click OK on the confirmation message that appears.
    Uninstallation Confirmation
  7. After the device uninstalls, restart the computer. The device will automatically reinstall when Windows starts up.