Getting rid of system-start drivers

By SubKamran
Dec 22, 2003
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  1. I unistalled my sound card's drivers, but there's some entries left SOMEWHERE and my Event Viewer annoys me about it every time I boot up (it's not causing problems, but...)

    Where in the registry/INI files can I get rid of these? My sound card is now non-existant (it's sitting beside me) and I don't want leftovers!
  2. tripleione

    tripleione Newcomer, in training Posts: 181

    Have you removed them from the Add/Remove applet in the Windows control panel and remove the card from your device manager?
  3. SubKamran

    SubKamran Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 303

    Yes. It's detected my onboard sound. (and it works)
  4. tripleione

    tripleione Newcomer, in training Posts: 181

    Try removing the files from C:\Windows\System32\drivers (if they are there), then opening up the Configuration utility (Start -> Run -> type in msconfig -> OK) and uncheck any box underneath the StartUp tab that is referenced or related to your sound card.
  5. SubKamran

    SubKamran Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 303

    Didn't work, and there's no reference to any of the files in msconfig
  6. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 837

    usually things like that are found in the registry under

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    All you have to do is delete the related entry in the right pane of Regedit

    as always, editing the registry is very dangerous. You can seriously damage windows playing around in there.
  7. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    What Windows?

    Select "show hidden devices" in Device Manager (in XP/2k) and "uninstall" everything related to your soundcard.
  8. Krugger

    Krugger Newcomer, in training Posts: 210

    download a program called regcleaner, run it, delete any references to creative, soundblaster, those drivers, etc. (i'm assuming you have a SB from your post)
    otherwise i use regstudio to access my registry over regedit. find something similar, then search your registry for those files, remove any referrences.
  9. Shiney

    Shiney TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 223

    Or run regedit from start menu and do a search for ctsyn. Use match whole string only. Then delete reference to it
  10. SubKamran

    SubKamran Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 303

    Holy sh*t. I never knew that!

    I LEARNED SOMETHING NEW, FINALLY!

    Let's see if that fixed it (I uninstalled the drivers)
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