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Windows 7: Fast question

06 May 2011   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 
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Good morning.

So ah, I'm a bit confused.
When I installed Windows 7 about a month ago, I installed the driver for my Graphic card which Windows Update forced me to install.
I also have the Nvidia Driver from Nvidia's website. Ok, so I have 2? Hmm.. If I skip the one from Windows Update, some fades on bootup will not appear. That's what happend.

So which driver should I uninstall/reinstall. I don't know if it's normal you update the one from Update, and then Nvidia's.

Thanks.

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06 May 2011   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Use whichever you like, ultimately only one driver will be functional. Only, the nvidia driver may have more bells and whistles.
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06 May 2011   #3

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

I would use the nvidia driver personally. The windows update provided drivers for graphics are very often outdated.
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06 May 2011   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 

Thanks for both of your answers.

I think, (unless Nvidia updated their drivers) that if I only use Nvidia's from their site. I'll have that fade issue on start-up. I can imagine more the more from Windows Update will be more functional, why? well. Microsoft owns the OS and I think they know what's working for Windows 7 best.

But I should totally not have both. Should I? I had a lot of game issues lately.
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06 May 2011   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FredeGail View Post
Good morning.

So ah, I'm a bit confused.
When I installed Windows 7 about a month ago, I installed the driver for my Graphic card which Windows Update forced me to install.
I also have the Nvidia Driver from Nvidia's website. Ok, so I have 2? Hmm.. If I skip the one from Windows Update, some fades on bootup will not appear. That's what happend.

So which driver should I uninstall/reinstall. I don't know if it's normal you update the one from Update, and then Nvidia's.

Thanks.
Odds are, MS is giving you the driver for the "built-in" graphics card on your motherboard. Go with what you KNOW you have. I agree with the post above, Windows will only use one.
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06 May 2011   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Also in the case of nvidia and ati MS IS using the drivers provided from the manufacturers, they are just using older versions. Or they are using a generic, which will result in poor to no 3d application support.

If you are not a gamer it is not really a concern, if you are it could lead to issues in certain games down the road.
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06 May 2011   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 

Thanks for your answers.
I downloaded the newest Nvidia driver, still a couple of errors because I have the one from Windows Update. How to uninstall a Windows Update? I followed your guide on this forums about it, but the Nvidia one doesn't list when uninstalling. I can find the driver in the update history, but I can't find it while selecting which ones to update!
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06 May 2011   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

You can use this application to remove the current video driver then install the proper nvidia one.
Phyxion.net - Driver Sweeper
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06 May 2011   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
You can use this application to remove the current video driver then install the proper nvidia one.
Phyxion.net - Driver Sweeper
Very appreciated. Now, is there anyway to disable to, for taking an example, you remove a driver, and it's running low resolution, Windows will choose a driver for it. How to disable this?
Because if it's installing when I remove the Windows Update one, it will install a driver again which I didn't ask for.

Is this called.. Auto Updating or something? It is not through Windows Update. It just says it is downloading GTX260 Nvidia driver in the explore bar.
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06 May 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It shouldn't matter much between what Windows Update brings you versus what you get from Nvidia. Nvidia will likely have a newer version, but if you are having an issue across driver revisions, you should look for another cause.

If it was me, I'd use Driver Sweeper to clear out all the old drivers, then follow it up with a CCleaner reg scan. Then I'd reboot and install the lastest from Nvidia and go from there.
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