Uninstalling Old Driver For Mac

If you are experiencing weird issues after upgrading your hardware, or you’ve just upgraded to the latest hardware device and aren’t seeing the performance you’d like, you might want to remove the old drivers which are still installed for the old hardware, even though you can’t normally see them in device manager.

But if you are trying to remove an old or corrupt component, reinstall software to change a serial number, or just free up disk space, removing all components of the old application can be important.

What you have to do is set a less-known flag to allow you to see non-present devices, and then launch device manager. You’ll then see the old devices in the list, and can uninstall the drivers for them.

In Windows 7 or Vista, the first thing you’ll need to do is open a command prompt in administrator mode. Type cmd into the start menu search box, and then use Ctrl+Shift+Enter to open in administrator mode. (You can also right-click on the command prompt and choose Run as Administrator)

Now paste in the following line:

SET DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES=1

Then type in devmgmt.msc to start up Device Manager from the administrator command prompt:

Once you are in Device Manager, go to the View menu and choose Show Hidden Devices, which will show all the device drivers including things that aren’t currently installed in your computer.

Notice how I have 6 mice in the list, even though I only have two installed (and my drawing tablet). The other 3 mice are old mice that I’ve used until they died…. the Geek tends to wear through input devices very quickly since he never leaves the computer…

You can right-click on the driver and then choose Uninstall from the menu to remove the drivers for that old hardware.

I’ve found that this can resolve a lot of weird issues, and even increase performance on some machines where you’ve upgraded a ton of times. This isn’t necessarily going to increase performance, but it’s nice to have a tidy computer nonetheless.

This tip also works the same in Windows 7, Vista, and XP.

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Installing drivers on a Mac is easy. However, when it comes to the need to uninstall drivers on Mac, most users face some issues. So in this article, we will share two ways to uninstall the Wacom driver on Mac, both completely and safely.

Contents:

Uninstall Wacom Driver on Mac Manually

As usual, the removal process of any application on Mac starts with moving the executable file to Trash. But first, close all the background processes of Wacom. For this, open Activity Monitor, find Wacom and click to quit it.

Uninstalling Mac Applications

Now you can go to the Applications folder and delete the Wacom Tablet folder.

Then open System Preferences, make a right click on the Wacom icon and click on Remove “Wacom Tablet” Preference Pane.

Next, we go to the most important part of the removal process – finding and deleting all the service files and leftovers of the drivers. Usually, applications store their service files in the following locations:

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  • ~/Library/Caches
  • ~/Library/Container
  • ~/Library/Preferences

In our trials, we checked these folders in the Library and to our surprise, couldn’t find Wacom files there. So we decided to use Funter to find the driver’s service files.

Funter is a free application from Nektony, which allows you to find and see hidden files. You can download it directly using this link.

Delete Old Drivers Mac

Here is how to find any file using Funter:

  1. Launch Funter.
  2. Click on the app’s icon from the ToolBar menu and type Wacom in the search field.
  3. In less than a minute, you will get a list of all the files created by Wacom during its’ use.

Uninstall Old Wacom Driver Mac

As you can see, there are lots of Wacom files left on your Mac. You can select and remove them right in Funter using the Trash button.

Also, you can uninstall Wacom with just two clicks using a special uninstalling tool. If you need a safe and quick way to remove Wacom, read the second chapter of this article.

How to Uninstall Wacom Using App Cleaner

App Cleaner & Uninstaller is another application from Nektony, which allows you to uninstall programs on Mac completely with just a few clicks. What is important is that App Cleaner automatically finds all the service files of previously-removed apps so that you don’t need to waste your time searching for them. Even if you have already deleted an app in the usual way, App Cleaner will find the leftovers of this app and display them in the Remains tab.

Uninstalling Old Driver For Mac

Old Driver Download

First, close all the Wacom processes working in the background. For this, use Activity Monitor. Then follow these three easy steps to uninstall Wacom:

  1. Launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  2. Select the Wacom app in the list of installed apps in the left section and click the Remove button.
  3. Review the selected files and confirm their removal.

That’s all. Easy, quick, and safe!

And finally, App Cleaner & Uninstaller also allows you to manage login items, Internet plugins, launch agents and other Mac extensions. You can learn more about that following the link.

Uninstalling Mac Cleaner

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