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How to modify an offline device in Windows 7?

How to modify an offline device in Windows 7?

I have assigned the wrong driver to my USB mouse, and everytime I connect it the system crashes (BSoD). Now I have to change the driver, but it must be done while the device is offline. Is it possible?

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bert [Entry]

"Yes, it's possible but you have to enable the display of hidden devices in the Device Manager.
Follow instructions here for instance.

To get rid of that unwanted driver,
device, or service:
1) Open the
“Start” menu and choose “Run…”
2)
Type in “cmd” (without the quotes) and
click “ok”.
3) At the cmd prompt,
type in “set
devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1″
(without the quotes) and press enter.
(Note that nothing seems to
happen–this is ok. We are actually
setting an environment variable which
is going to help us to see hidden
devices)
4) On the next cmd prompt
line, type in “devmgmt.msc” (without
the quotes) and press enter. This will
launch the Windows Device Manager
Console.
5) In the Device Manager
Console, from the “View” menu, select
“Show Hidden Devices”.

Once you find the problematic device (its icon will be faded as it's currently unplugged), either update the driver or uninstall (delete) completely the device so Windows will install it again (with the correct driver) the next time you plug it in."