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Windows 7: Is it necessary to remove older drivers

04 Jun 2012   #1
Zach1928

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Is it necessary to remove older drivers

I have a radeon 4350 in my current system, and a 4850 is coming in the mail soon this week. Before I put the card in, she I go through device manager and remove the drivers for the 4350, or just let windows figure it out?

Thanks


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04 Jun 2012   #2
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zach1928 View Post
I have a radeon 4350 in my current system, and a 4850 is coming in the mail soon this week. Before I put the card in, she I go through device manager and remove the drivers for the 4350, or just let windows figure it out?

Thanks
Yes, you should, but be sure to do this in Safe Mode. Then, install the new drivers in normal mode.
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05 Jun 2012   #3
Alsisgevat

64bit Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I agree with Windude, but would just like to add, it is usually a good idea to do a fresh quick format, then when the pc starts new, it will be allot easier to install drivers needed. But this is just what I prefer to do,and isnt a must. Secondly, when your new card comes,dont install the driver of the cd,get The latest one off their site,the links are on the forum aswell.
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05 Jun 2012   #4
Zach1928

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Cool. Out of curiosity, what's the benefit removing the drivers while in safe mode?
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05 Jun 2012   #5
Alsisgevat

64bit Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Not exactly sure,hope someone allse can give you a better idea,but as far as I know a normal controll panel un-installation leave's traces in the registry and fragments, a safe mode uninstall is safer,cleaner and way more effective.
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05 Jun 2012   #6
MrNeeds

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Sorry to barge the party but no, it's not neccesary to remove older drivers, the only reason to remove them is to save space, that's all, i've done some extensive research on this in the past and there is no evidence to prove that non removal of old drivers interferes with newer drivers.
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05 Jun 2012   #7
python134r

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MrNeeds View Post
Sorry to barge the party but no, it's not neccesary to remove older drivers, the only reason to remove them is to save space, that's all, i've done some extensive research on this in the past and there is no evidence to prove that non removal of old drivers interferes with newer drivers.
I have to disagree, although it seems like it should not interfere, I have seen numerous times over the last decade where remnants of old drivers somehow interfered with the newer drivers and generated errors. Once the remnants were removed said erros disappeard. In my experience when I took the time to remove all remnants of older drivers regardless of platform [AMD vrs. Nvidia] there are much less incidences of generated errors.
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05 Jun 2012   #8
Zach1928

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Ok, so when I go into safe mode and uninstall the drivers through device manager, I'll still have a picture on the screen correct?
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05 Jun 2012   #9
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zach1928 View Post
I have a radeon 4350 in my current system, and a 4850 is coming in the mail soon this week. Before I put the card in, she I go through device manager and remove the drivers for the 4350, or just let windows figure it out?

Thanks
Just let Windows figure it out.

Do NOT try to "help" windows.
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06 Jun 2012   #10
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

No matter which approach you use from the suggestions you have been given,
do you have and use any type of Backup/Restore strategy?

Before i make any significant system changes I make sure I have backups created so I can restore if needed.
I create a System Image Backup, and a Restore Point.

I see many threads in the forum where a user does not have System Restore enabled, and does not use System Backup Imaging.
All to often this eventually seems to end up requiring an OS re-install or OEM factory recovery.

I prefer to restore a system in < 30 minutes, rather than having to start over with a clean OS re-install.
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