Getting rid of system-start drivers

By SubKamran ยท 9 replies
Dec 22, 2003
  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 TS Rookie Posts: 154

    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 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 166

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

    tripleione TS Rookie Posts: 154

    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 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 166

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

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

    usually things like that are found in the registry under


    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 TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    What Windows?

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

    Krugger TS Rookie Posts: 173

    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 TS Booster Posts: 160

    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 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 166

    Holy sh*t. I never knew that!


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