Remove All Devices Not Present On Windows With Device Cleanup Tool

Remove All Devices Not Present On Windows With Device Cleanup Tool

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Device cleaning tool is a free portable tool that allows you to remove many or all old, non-present, unused old hardware devices from your Windows computer. Devices not present are devices that were once installed but are no longer connected to the computer. When using the built-in Windows Device Manager, you can remove devices one at a time; and not all at once. That is what is possible with this device cleaning tool. You can select one, several or all devices not present and delete them together.

Delete all Nat present devices

Using the Device Cleanup Tool is very simple. Simply download the zip file from the Uwe Sieber Site. Upon extracting the zip folder, you will see two versions of the Device Wipe Tool; one for 32-bit PCs and another for 64-bit PCs. Double-click the .exe file that is appropriate for your system.


The tool immediately lists devices not present on your PC. You’ll see the device name, class, and the number of days since the device was last used. You can see in the image the last days used such as 36 days, 59 days, etc.

As mentioned in the tool’s help file, all devices listed by the Device Cleanup tool are currently “not present”. This usually means they have trouble code 45, which is:

CM_PROB_PHANTOM, The device currently only exists in the registry.

The “last used” time comes from the time the device registry key was written to:


On some Windows PCs, this time is calculated based on startup; therefore, the devices in these PCs will be the same age. However, on most Windows, the time is set when the device becomes active; therefore, for such systems, the “last used” time is relevant.

In the list generated by the Device Cleanup tool, you can select one, several or all devices and delete them together. If the device is connected again, it will be detected as a new device the next time you use the tool.

There are three tabs on the toolbar of the Device Cleanup Tool – File, Devices, and Help.

When you click Caseyou can see functions like Refresh (F5), Create System Restore Point, Show Windows Device Manager and Exit.

When you click on “Show Windows Device Manager”, the built-in Device Manager opens. It’s like a shortcut to Windows Device Manager. Non-PnP devices and “software” devices are not listed by the Device Cleanup Tool. This is because they cannot be automatically reinstalled. Therefore, to remove them, you need to use Windows Device Manager.

The creators of this tool also warn that you should be careful with Microsoft MEDIA class devices. Make sure you know what to do with these listed devices before deleting them.

The Devices the tab allows you Select all devices and Remove selection devices. To remove individual devices, simply right-click on the device and click Remove the device. Remember that you will need to have administrator rights to delete devices; otherwise, you may get an “Access Denied” error.

The To help tab, just gives details about the tool, including its version number.

Device cleaner tool free download

You can download the tool from this Web page.

Some of you might also want to take a look at Device Remover or GhostBuster.

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