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Windows 7: Proper way to remove/update video drivers

30 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Proper way to remove/update video drivers

Hello everyone. Currently this is how I update my ATI drivers when there is an update. Is this still in today's day and age, still necessary?

1) Remove driver using add/remove programs
2) Reboot into safe mode
3) Use driver sweeper to remove left over ATI driver files
4) Reboot into regular mode
5) Install updated driver

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30 Mar 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Lery,

I have had no problems with just running the new driver installation file to automatically install over and update the older version without having to uninstall the older version.

Either way works, but if one is having any problems installing the driver or prefers a clean slate, then doing what you posted would be a good way to do so.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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30 Mar 2011   #3
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Lery,

I have had no problems with just running the new driver installation file to automatically install over and update the older version without having to uninstall the older version.

Either way works, but if one is having any problems installing the driver, then doing what you posted would be a good way to do so.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Agreed. I usually will just go to the ati/amd website and download the newest version, then just run the install over the top of what is there.
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30 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

ATI/AMD gives you the option of installing or uninstalling, at least with the CCC interface. I'm sure they've tweaked the uninstaller over the years to do a pretty thorough removal.

I usually uninstall the old version and then install the new version.
But, I too would have no problem with installing the new version over the older one.
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30 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you for the replies. Next time I will remember this. Unfortunately Driver Sweeper really decided to mess up the uninstall of drivers for ATI. If you use that to uninstall drivers, then try to install SP1 your screwed.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (Page 1) / Driver Sweeper / Phyxion.net Forums

Unfortunately for me, none of the workarounds seem to work, so it looks like I will need to reload my OS. Sort of overdue.
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30 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Did you try system restore?
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30 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p5bdkw View Post
Did you try system restore?
No, I'm sure I could, but I can use a system rebuild anyway. I might try system restore for grins and giggles just to see if it works.
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30 Mar 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Please let us know how it goes if you decide to.
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30 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Please let us know how it goes if you decide to.
Just checked my system restore points, and I just have one. That would not be a good one to go back to.
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30 Mar 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Oh, that's to bad. Hopefully the reinstall will go smoothly and quickly.
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