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Windows 7: Replacing video card


30 Jan 2011   #1
Radax

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Replacing video card

This is a noob question,do l need to uninstall my video driver before installing my new videocard (MSI GTX570 O/C),the video driver l have in there now is one of the latest ones,can't remember which one,l'm not at my gaming computer now.l'm replacing my GTX275.


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30 Jan 2011   #2
Sik00

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

You can, but shouldn't need to. Windows will detect your Nvidia is not installed anymore, and will see the new card. Windows should install the driver, at which point I would visit your new card manufacturer's site and get the official drivers for it. Hopefully this helps
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30 Jan 2011   #3
SlackerITGuy

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Radax View Post
This is a noob question,do l need to uninstall my video driver before installing my new videocard (MSI GTX570 O/C),the video driver l have in there now is one of the latest ones,can't remember which one,l'm not at my gaming computer now.l'm replacing my GTX275.
Highly recommended.

Here's a nice little guide:

GeForce Driver Installation Guide - NVIDIA Forums
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30 Jan 2011   #4
sygnus21

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Though I understand where sik00 is coming from will say he has a point, I would have to side with slackerITGuy. If you're installing a new video card, remove the old drivers first, then install the new ones.
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31 Jan 2011   #5
yowanvista

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by toothbrusher View Post
i would keep old ones.
drivers arent that big, and windows will recognize your new vid card.
the reason is if u want to go back (say theres a problem iwth ur card) then you dont need to reinstall.
Old drivers are very likely able to cause conflicts (even BSODs, atikmdag.sys/nvlddmkm.sys)
Removing the older ones is recommended
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