Windows 10: device manager ghosts

Discus and support device manager ghosts in Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance to solve the problem; This has probably been asked before but I was checking my device manager to see if everthing was working right and turned on show hidden devices. It... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance' started by thomaseg1, Apr 4, 2019.

  1. thomaseg1 Win User

    device manager ghosts


    This has probably been asked before but
    I was checking my device manager to see if everthing was working right and turned on show hidden devices.
    It showed a number of duplicates and drives ghosted. a couple were from when I was combining
    some usb drives and another for a printer I got rid of last year.
    Should I delete/uninstall them or just leave them? Do the these ghosts have any effect on
    the system?

    :)
     
    thomaseg1, Apr 4, 2019
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  2. Novgorod Win User

    Can't remove disconnected (ghost) network device


    Thanks for the suggestion, but it can't remove the NIC:

    device manager ghosts [​IMG]


    It's the only Intel I219-V that shows up in the device list of the DeviceCleaner program (it shows only non-present devices as I understand). Otherwise, the tool works - I found a ghost replica of the integrated GPU (Intel HD 530) and could remove it. Only the NIC gives this error message on removal, which is probably the reason I can't remove it the normal way through the device manager.
     
    Novgorod, Apr 4, 2019
    #2
  3. Device Manager Un-Hiding Hidden Devices


    When you connect a plug and play device, Windows Plug and Play manager detects it, finds and installs the driver. Device Manager lists the device with a solid icon.

    The driver is only removed when you uninstall the device, not simply by disconnecting the device. When the device is disconnected, its driver is still installed. By default, Device Manager only displays connected devices. When you show hidden devices, note the Bluetooth icon you see is semi-transparent (not opaque). That indicates a "non-present" device. Sometimes also called a "ghost" device. The driver is still installed but the device is not currently detected (i.e. not connected).

    Device can be disconnected when
    • Device unplugged (e.g. removing a USB device)
    • Turning a device OFF
    • Disabling the device in BIOS (then windows won't detect it) or
    • Device failure

    So
    • Check BIOS as suggested
    • Check board connections
    • Can b/t be turned off by a switch? or keyboard combination?
    Also possible the b/t h/w failed
     
    ComputerGeek, Apr 4, 2019
    #3
  4. device manager ghosts

    No hardware listed in Device manager?

    I don't konw whathappend but in Device manager and in my Network connections there is nothing where there used to be a Modem listed and all my hardware in Device Manager. What happend and how do I fix this?


    device manager ghosts What%20the%20Crap.jpg
     
    AphexDreamer, Apr 4, 2019
    #4
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