Does anyone thoroughly use driver
sweeper before installing new drivers
, or do you just install new drivers over the old? The app can remove a number of key drivers, namely ATI, Nvidia, and Realtek among others. You can download here: http://www.guru3d.com/category/driversweeper/
Basically, uninstall the drivers from control panel, reboot into safe mode, run driver sweeper, reboot again into safe mode, and install the new drivers. Then a final reboot into 7. You can run Sweeper again, but I don't think that's necessary. I find everything is slightly smoother.