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Removing old drivers from Windows 10

So you have just got home from that new computer store with your fancy and all-new mouse, screen, keyboard, etc. You plugged in your new component, Windows detected it, installed drivers for it and it is working like a charm. A few months later down the road and the computer starts little by little to slow down.

Plug and play is a great concept, and automatic detection is even greater but how time passes old unused stuff piles in your hard drive and in Windows itself thus slowing down your computer and taxing it more and more as new components and software are added. Old drivers from old components sadly are not removed from Windows itself and over some larger period of time they can pile up and slow down your daily operations on the computer or even cause some problems in it.

This guide will teach you how to manually remove old unused device drivers from your Windows so it is fresh and like new again.

Making old devices visible

In order for us to remove old drivers, the first thing we must do is make them visible in our device manager, old drivers are hidden and will not show up, we must make this happen. We do this by pressing WINDOWS + X keys on your keyboard to bring up a hidden menu in Windows.

keyboard with windows and x markedOnce the menu appears, click on Command Prompt (admin)

Windows menu command prompt adminOnce the command prompt with administrator privileges comes on-screen type in it following string:

The device manager will open, go to view > snow hidden devices in order to show unused devices.

device manager show hidden devices

Removing old device

Open any category and if there is a device that was once used and still has its drivers in the system it will be shown as faded out.

device manager hidden device shownRight-click on the device and click on uninstall device to remove it completely from your system.

device manager uninstall device driverPlease always be careful when removing devices so you do not remove the device which is being used by mistake and always double-check that you are removing something that you used to have on your system. This method will show all hidden devices even ones that are hidden but crucial to the system working properly.

If you like to learn and find out more about various Windows errors, and how to repair them go to our vast archive or use search to find articles that will explain and help you in solving your issue.
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Fix Windows Update Error 0x8024000B
As you know, Windows Updates are essential for your operating system as it keeps it protected from potential threats, fixes bugs and improves your experience in using Windows 10. However, there are instances when Windows Updates also cause errors and one of them is the Windows Update Error 0x8024000B. One of the causes of this particular Windows Update error is that Windows was not able to read the Update Manifest file which is needed to install the Windows Updates. This means that the operation was canceled by either the service or the user. On the other hand, this error could also occur if you are not able to filter the results. When you encounter this error, you will see an error message that says, “WU_E_CALL_CANCELLED: Operation was canceled”. This indicates that the operation was canceled by the operating system itself. To resolve the Windows Update Error 0x8024000B, here are some suggestions you need to check out.

Option 1 – Try to run the Cleanup (Decline) Superseded updates PowerShell script

The first thing you can do to fix the Windows Update Error 0x8024000B is to run the Cleanup (Decline) Superseded updates PowerShell script. This is actually an easy fix since all you have to do is download and run it from the Microsoft Technet site. Once you’re done downloading and running the file, restart your computer and see if the error is fixed or not.

Option 2 – Try to rename the Spupdsvc.exe file

If the first option didn’t work, you can try renaming the Spupdsvc.exe file which is one of the reasons why you’re getting the Windows Update Error 0x8024000B.
  • First, tap the Win + R keys to launch the Run utility.
  • Next, type the following command and hit Enter to execute it in cmd:
 /c ren %systemroot%System32Spupdsvc.exe Spupdsvc.old
  • The command you entered will rename the troublesome “Spupdsvc(.)exe” file to “Spupdsvc(.)old”.
  • Now restart your computer after the command has been executed.

Option 3 – Try to restart various Windows Update-related services and components

You could also try to restart some Windows Update-related services to resolve the Windows Update error. Refer to the following steps to do so:
  • Tap the Win + X key combination and select Command Prompt (Admin) to open Command Prompt with admin privileges.
  • After opening Command Prompt, copy and paste each one of the commands listed below one by one and tap Enter right after you enter each command.
    • net stop wuauserv
    • net stop bits
    • net stop appidsvc
    • ren %systemroot%SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak
    • ren %systemroot%system32catroot2 catroot2.bak
  • Once you’ve entered all the commands given above, they will stop all the Windows Update services that are running on your computer as well as clear the SoftwareDistribution folder, and reset the Catroot2 folder. Now you have to start all these Windows Update services you’ve just stopped by executing the following commands:
    • net start wuauserv
    • net start bits
    • net start appidsvc
    • net start cryptsvc
  • After that, restart your computer and try to run the setup again, and see if the error is now fixed.

Option 4 – Try to run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

You should also try to run the built-in Windows Update troubleshooter as it could help you resolve the Windows Update Error 0x8024000B. To run it refer to these steps:
  • Go to Settings and then click on Windows Update from the given menu.
  • Next, click on the Troubleshoot option and select Windows Update from the given options to run the Windows Update troubleshooter.
  • After that, follow the next on-screen instructions and wait until the process is completed, and check if the Windows Update Error 0x8024000B is fixed or not.
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Fix Minecraft Realms Internal Server Error 500
Many Minecraft players are experiencing Realms internal server error 500, luckily for all of that players, we are offering you solutions.

Preliminary Fixes

Before heading towards the fixes here it is suggested to try some quick tweaks that might work in your case to fix Minecraft Internal Server Error 500. Restart your PC – Very first it is suggested to shut down your computer and after that restart the system. This worked for many players to get rid of the server outages issue. Update your Windows version – Check if you are running an outdated Windows version then make sure to install the latest Windows update and then run the game. Update Your Game Version – Also make sure you are running an updated version of Minecraft Realms. Installing the latest updates not only makes the game more stable but also helps you to solve common glitches and issues with the game. So, check if any recent updates are available to make sure to download and install them Modify the Game Settings – Check if you have tweaked some of the game settings then this might be the reason for the problem. So try to reconfigure the settings to default. This may work for you. Now after following the preliminary solutions check if the Minecraft Realms Internal Server Error 500 is resolved or else head to the next solution.

Check your Internet Connection

As said above if the internet connection is not working properly or it is preventing you from accessing the servers, then this can also cause the Internal Server Error 500 in the Minecraft server. So, very first make sure your internet connection is stable and working properly. Also if you are using Wi-Fi then use a wired connection to get a stable network. Moreover, if your internet connection is working fine then there is a possibility that your internet connection is causing interruption and preventing you from accessing the Minecraft Realms server. So, if this is the case then here it is suggested to use a VPN connection to get exceptionally fast & reliable speeds without getting detected.

Check for the Minecraft Server Outage

Well, there is a possibility the Minecraft servers are down and if this is the case then you don’t have any other option than just waiting for the servers to get restarted and the service becomes available again. Also, the service outages can affect the ability of the game and as a result, you are unable to play the game. Additionally, you can also inquire about Minecraft’s server status by visiting the Downdetector website. But if you find the services are running fine then the issue is from your side.

Disable Background Applications

If you are still getting the Minecraft Realms Internal Server Error 500, then there are chances that other applications running in the background are causing a limit to your internet bandwidth. It is suggested to disable the internet-connected apps and after that try connecting to Microsoft Realms again.
  • Hit CTRL + SHIFT + ESC keys > to open the Task Manager.
  • Then under the Process tab,> right-click on unwanted background process, > click on the End Task 
After disabling the applications running in the background, relaunch Minecraft and check if the internal server error 500 still appears or not.

Delete UUID Files in Minecraft

If you are still getting the Minecraft Realms Internal Server Error 500 then here it is suggested to delete the UUID files in Minecraft.
  • First, visit the website by clicking the https://mcuuid.net/ and enter all the credentials to get the player’s UUID
  • Then login to the server > proceed to server files > head to the world
  • Here locate the PlayerData folder > click to open it.
  • And from here choose the file containing the same name like the player’s Username or UUID > after that hit the Delete
  • Lastly, restart your server to save the changes

Remove Resource Packs & Mods

If you are getting the Minecraft realms internal server error 500 after the installation of a particular mod or the resource pack then this is what causing the issue while playing the realm. So, here it is suggested to delete it immediately, also uninstall the mod as well as the resource pack you installed recently. It is estimated this works for you but if you have a doubt related to any specific mod or the resource pack causing an error you should uninstall then also and check if the Minecraft internal error 500 is fixed.

Disable the Plugins

If you are still encountering the error then check for the plugins installed on your PC. Many times the installed plugin starts causing issues with the game as they are not compatible with the game version. So here it is recommended to try disabling the plugins on the PC and check if this works for you.
  • On your system > open the plugin window > rename the plugins files from “[plugin name].jar to [plugin name].jar.disabled”.
  • Next restart the server and check if the Minecraft Realms Internal Server Error 500 problem is resolved or not.

Uninstall & Reinstall Minecraft

If none of the above-given solutions works for you then here it is suggested to uninstall and reinstall Minecraft. Well, it is suggested to uninstall the game using the third-party uninstaller. Manually uninstalling the program won’t remove it completely, some of its registry entries, junk files are left behind and causes interruption when the next time you install it. If you are looking to uninstall it manually then follow the steps given:
  • Hit Window + R key > to open the Run box
  • And in the run box type appwiz.cpl command > hit Enter
  • Now the application manager window pops up on your screen > locate the Minecraft application > right-click to Uninstall
And as the uninstalling process is completed > head to the Minecraft official website and tries downloading and installing the game. Check if the Minecraft Realms Internal Server Error 500 is resolved or not.

Contact Support Center

If after trying all the solutions given you are still unable to fix the error then the only option left is to contact the Customer Support Center and fill the form in the link and describe the problem in a detailed way. And within few days you will get feedback from them to fix Minecraft Realms internal error 500.
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