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Windows 7: Updating nvidia driver

29 Nov 2011   #1
bigseb

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 
Updating nvidia driver

I downloaded the latest driver for my graphics card yesterday from the nvidia site. Would like to hear the best way to install it. I've heard that if the old driver isn't removed properly then I'll have no end of problems. Any tips?

Thanks.


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29 Nov 2011   #2
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Bigseb,

If you install it, click Custom install. It should list a check box for a "clean install", and if you click it, it will automatically do all of this for you. However, you will have to (rather, only if you want to) go through the Nvidia Control Panel and set all of the settings back to how you liked them set.
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29 Nov 2011   #3
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigseb View Post
I downloaded the latest driver for my graphics card yesterday from the nvidia site. Would like to hear the best way to install it. I've heard that if the old driver isn't removed properly then I'll have no end of problems. Any tips?

Thanks.
Read this Nvidia.pdf


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29 Nov 2011   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Just choose the custom install, which will automatically uninstall the previous version and clean install the new.

You'll need to re-run your Windows Experience Index afterwards.
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29 Nov 2011   #5
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Just choose the custom install, which will automatically uninstall the previous version and clean install the new.
Nvidia does not uninstall old drivers, they are kept to enable 'Roll Back Driver' feature in Device Manager.
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29 Nov 2011   #6
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

If you are worried overmuch about it, uninstall everything relating to the graphics driver (nvidia physx, driver, 3D) in control panel then do a "clean install" as I mentioned earlier in this post
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29 Nov 2011   #7
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Just choose the custom install, which will automatically uninstall the previous version and clean install the new.
Nvidia does not uninstall old drivers, they are kept to enable 'Roll Back Driver' feature in Device Manager.
Thanks for that. I knew what I meant - I think.

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29 Nov 2011   #8
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
Nvidia does not uninstall old drivers, they are kept to enable 'Roll Back Driver' feature in Device Manager.
That would be because those files are stored in the System32/DriverStore folder. The AMD uninstaller does the same thing, and Driver Sweeper and its ilk (good to see that not recommended so far) don't remove them either. What the Nvidia and AMD uninstallers remove is the currently installed driver files and relevant registry entries, the few left behind that something like Driver Sweeper finds get overwritten when the new is installed.
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29 Nov 2011   #9
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Just choose the custom install, which will automatically uninstall the previous version and clean install the new.
Nvidia does not uninstall old drivers, they are kept to enable 'Roll Back Driver' feature in Device Manager.
Thanks for that. I knew what I meant - I think.
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29 Nov 2011   #10
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

God bless you, thousands wouldn't!
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