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Windows 7: Want to upgrade Graphics card.

08 Jun 2011   #1

64 bit
Want to upgrade Graphics card.

Ok i just got enough money to finally upgrade my graphics card but i am worried about the installation. Is there anything special i have to do once i physically change the old one out with the new one? or can i just change it and all the drivers will be installed and stuff.

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08 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Hello there & welcome to Seven Forums.
I'd suggest you read this first: basic etiquette for first time posters. It's harder for us to help & give you advice if we don't know what your system specs are.
Regarding the graphics card change, it's not that difficult to do.
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08 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

I'll assume that your new card is hardware-compatible with your PC. (The most common problem would be having an inadequate power supply.)

The generic approach to putting in a new graphics card:

Have the drivers for the new card in hand. (CD that came with the card, or a fresh download. The download is probably more up-to-date.)

Uninstall the drivers for the old card.

If you can power down instead of restarting Windows, that would be preferred. If not, let Windows restart. If the old drivers were really uninstalled, you should get generic VGA drivers. Shut down the PC. Unplug it. (Or turn off the power supply switch, if it has one.)

Swap the cards, being careful about electrostatic discharges.

Power up the PC.

Install the new card's drivers.

Off you go...
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