Wacom is a tech company specializing in graphics tablets. To connect a Wacom tablet to your Windows or Mac system requires the use of drivers, which once installed grants you access to the device and its contents. You can find the necessary drivers online, but they often come with the tablet. While installation is straightforward, uninstalling Wacom is another matter – the drivers tend to lurk around a system, even after uninstalling the tablet. And sometimes, they’re just hard to find. Here’s exactly what you need to uninstall a Wacom tablet, all its drivers, including all residual files from your Windows or Mac operating system. Let’s get started.
Even though Windows and the Mac OS are distinct systems, the same precautions is required for both when uninstalling Wacom drivers.
That said, make sure you backup all your preferences and settings before you begin the uninstallation process.
In addition, you’ll want to keep track of the administrative user information for the device on which you’re uninstalling Wacom drivers as you may be asked for it later.
There are 3 ways to disconnect the tablet from your laptop:
- If the connection between the two devices is wired, you can simply disconnect the USB cable.
- But if the connection is wireless using a Wacom Wireless Accessory Kit, simply remove the USB dongle from your laptop.
- And if the connection between the two devices is via Bluetooth, you’ll need to make sure you turn off the Bluetooth feature on both the laptop and tablet to disconnect them.
You can do this in several ways. The most straightforward method is by using the Control Panel: you can find the Wacom program in the Start Menu or search for it using the search bar in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen.
Once you open it, select Programs and Features. This will open a list of all the installed programs on your device.
The second method is by pressing the Windows logo key and R key simultaneously (Win+R), which will open the Run dialog command window.
Next, type appwiz.cpl and click OK.
Look for the Wacom application in the list. Select it and click Uninstall located at the top.
You can also right-click it and a small window will pop-up with the Uninstall option. Click it and wait for the uninstallation process to begin.
This is an optional step you can choose to skip. But taking the time to purge your laptop of all unnecessary Wacom files after the uninstallation can help avoid future performance issues.
You can clean out the remaining files in one of two ways:
The first thing you can do to check for any residual Wacom drivers in your system is use the Windows Device Manager.
To do this:
- Press Win+R and type devmgmt.msc in the dialog box.
- Next, press Enter or click OK.
- In the Device Manager, select View.
- Then click Show hidden devices.
- You’ll want to go through the devices one by one looking for residual files for the Wacom drivers.
Anytime you find one, right-click on it and a small pop-up window will appear with an Uninstall option to remove it. Click it, then select OK to confirm. You’ll want to repeat this process for as many residual files as you can find.
To start, press Win+R. Then type control.exe folders and click OK or press Enter.
A pop-up window will appear with three tabs. Select the View tab in the middle and click on Advanced settings.
Next, under Hidden files and folders, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drivers. Then click OK to make the necessary changes.
Then, search for any potential hidden files and folders lingering on your laptop. Here’s a list of folders you might find lingering in your system:
- C:\Program Files\Tablet
Once complete, head over to C:\Windows\System32\ and remove the following files:
Any time you download and install a program onto your system, it will come with hidden files whether you want them or not.
They serve an essential purpose: 1) to make sure no vital data gets deleted from their program. 2) And to operate various system-related files ensuring everything runs without a hitch.
But once you uninstall the program, these hidden files are no longer needed. Yet, they often get left behind, even after an uninstallation of the software.
So, after uninstalling a program like Wacom, there’s always the risk that there will be unnecessary files left behind. And if you don’t get rid of the residual files, they can cause issues with your laptop.
Restarting your device after a complete uninstallation gives the entire system a full reboot, which ensures that none of these background files get left behind.
How to Uninstall Wacom Drivers on a Mac OS
Uninstalling Wacom drivers from your Mac will delete any preferences you might have configured. That’s why it’s crucial that you backup your settings before going through with the uninstallation process.
Just like with the uninstallation process for Windows, remember to write down the username and password of the administrator account for the device from which you want to uninstall Wacom drivers.
Keep it somewhere safe as the Mac OS may ask for it during the uninstallation process. Here are the steps you need to follow to uninstall Wacom and its drivers from a Mac:
Same as with the Windows disconnection:
- If it’s a wired connection, disconnect the USB cable.
- But if it’s connected via a Wireless Kit, remove the USB dongle from your device.
- And if the tablet is connected via Bluetooth, turn off the Bluetooth function on the tablet and the device.
The easiest way to remove Wacom from your MacBook is by using the Finder.
- Open Application.
- Locate the Wacom Tablet folder.
- Next, select the Wacom Tablet Utility file.
- Under Tablet Software, click on the Uninstall icon.
- If the system asks for administrative user account credentials, this is where it’ll come in handy.
But the second and most effective method is by using a third-party uninstaller. Many reliable uninstallers are available for free on the Mac App Store. The best part is that they do all the hard work for you, which is great!
Plus, they can scan your system to ensure there are no unnecessary files still lingering in your system.
The same thing that applies to the uninstallation process in Windows applies to the Mac OS:
Once the uninstallation process is complete, restart your device. This step of the uninstallation process completely resets your MacBook. All the services, programs, and apps you have running will close and start back up.
Restarting the device also helps ensure that any recent changes go into effect and that there are no files left behind on the system after the uninstallation.