In some cases, DriverFinder will
recommend new drivers for unplugged devices. Although these are valid
updates, all devices listed in the unplugged category might not be in
Why does DriverFinder even show new drivers for unplugged devices?
You see, Windows keeps track of every device connected to your
computer, so unless you uninstall these devices, they will show as
unplugged and trigger driver updates. Examples of such devices are
your mouse, keyboard, monitor, webcam, or other USB devices as can be
seen in the sample screenshot:
Although you can simply ignore the driver updates that you feel
are not applicable, it is also possible to uninstall old devices
so that they do not trigger any driver recommendations. However, in
order to uninstall unplugged devices, you need to locate them first!
In order to configure Device Manager to display unplugged
devices, you will need to add a special Windows Environment
Variable, which is basically a system configuration parameter.
Here are the steps to display unplugged or hidden devices in
First add the Windows Environment Variable
In the Start menu, right-click on My Computer
(XP) / Computer (Vista /7) . In popup menu, select
For Windows 8/8.1 and 10, right-click Start button, on
popup menu, select System.
Next, select the Advanced system settings.
Now click the button named Environment Variables.
In the Environment Variables
window, under System variables, click the New
In the New System Variable window, enter the variable
name devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices, and variable value 1.
Click the OK button thrice to close all windows.
Next, open Device Manager to show and delete the devices.
Open the Device Manager
In the Start menu, right-click My Computer (XP) /
Computer (Vista and 7). In popup menu, select Manage. Or type
devmgmt.msc at the Start menu.
For Windows 8/8.1 and 10, right-click the Start button, on
popup menu, select Device Manager.
In the View menu of the Device Manager, click
Show hidden devices.
For each category, click the + button in front of it
to expand the tree and show all devices in the category.
Now look for the greyed devices. These are devices
that are not connected.
Skip the devices that you are still using, but for the
others, right-click the device, and in the popup menu select
Now, any subsequent scans with DriverFinder will no longer show
driver updates for the unplugged category.
Note: Not all devices need to be listed in the DriverFinder
unplugged category of course, since they only show there if a newer
driver is available for it.