Remove Ghost Devices From Your Windows Computer

by Rohit Khurana on January 5, 2010



Many times we connect devices to out computer which we never attach again. Once you attach these devices to computer, there is an entry created in your Windows Devices list and it remain there.

For example once I attached a gaming joystick to my computer which I borrowed from a friend. Sometimes we attach mouse / data-cars / or any other device which we don’t plan to attach again. These device’s entries remain in Windows.


The problem with having too many ghosted devices is that Windows searches for such devices at start-up and its can Windows Slow Startup Problem. In this article I will share with you how you can use free tool called GhostBuster to remove such ghosted devices from your Windows Computer.


Follow the below steps to use GhostBuster on your computer.

1. Download GhostBuster Installer and Install Ghost Buster.

2. If you are using Windows XP, just run Ghost Buster from start menu shortcut. If you are using ghost buster on Windows Vista or Windows 7, browse to the following path “C:\Program Files\Swiss\GhostBuster” and right click on GhostBuster Application file and click Properties.



Now click on Compatibility tab and select Windows XP compatibility Mode and click OK.


Now launch ghost busters. It may give a UAC warning like one below:


3. GhostBuster will list down all the devices which are ghosted. You can now remove these devices as seen in screenshot below:


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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Dilbert January 8, 2010 at 12:22 am

Ghost buster doesn’t work. Can’t select items. Even right-clicking and selecting either remove class or item does not work.

raheel January 12, 2010 at 12:40 am

@ dilbert..u r rite .it doesn’t work in windows 7 although it run without selecting compatibility mode but in compatibility mode or with out compatibility it remain same ..i mean no change in it…….

Andrew July 28, 2011 at 7:01 pm

running windows xp pro sp3 and it doesnt work at all, in the above pictures there are tick boxes on my computer when running there are no tick boxes, when i right click on any of the ghosted in the list it only gives me the option to add not to remove

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