Weird and wonderful software/OS errors and a possible quick fix.
Let me set the stage, you have a software error you cannot get rid of, you have uninstalled it and reinstalled it no joy. You have a driver that just won't work and you have also uninstalled that and reinstalled it again and rebooted with no joy.
Well instead of uninstalling the things that are not working any more try this first. Look for the Windows "Virtual Memory" in the Windows help, this will tell you how to get there. Once you are there, then get rid of the stupendously silly, "Automatically manage paging file size for all drives", if it is ticked, it is - quite literally - a waste of space.
Select, "Custom Size", and make the, "Initial size (MB)", the same size as the, "Maximum size (MB)" - I have found 4096 MB to be more than adequate.
Now reboot and see if the problem still persists. I have found that in more than 50% of cases where weird errors happen this cures it.
If you already have a "Custom size" then just change it to something smaller, reboot, then go back in again and change it back to the way it was.
You have now cleaned out any corruption in the virtual memory that could have been responsible for the errors you were experiencing.
And no, you cannot do without virtual memory, even now in the days of plentiful and cheap RAM Windows still relies on it.
I should have put in an example of what I mean.
I met an acquaintance of mine in the pub and he told me that the sound was gone on his laptop. He had reinstalled the drivers (and of course rebooted) and checked to make sure he had the latest drivers - so he had done the right things and yet he still had no sound. He had taken it to a computer shop and they had quoted him Â£40 just to look at it. I told him to get me a pint and I would have a look at it.
Of course I checked to see if he had the volume turned down to mute - which made him feel a bit silly because that was the one thing he had not checked. But the volume was turned up.
So I said to him, "OK, this is the first thing I always do, it doesn't always clear the problem but often enough it does". So I went to the virtual memory, changed it as I mentioned above, and rebooted. Windows started up again with the introductory sound.