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Windows 7: reinstall windows when adding graphics card?

24 Jul 2009   #1

reinstall windows when adding graphics card?

ok ,so ive been told when adding new graphics card its best to reinstall windows and games

is this true ???

and what are the pros of doing this ,or is it a load of BS and doesnt matter?

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24 Jul 2009   #2

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Uh.. no?

I have NEVER done that.

In some rare instances it's important to do a clean uninstall of your old gtraphics card before installing the new one, but honestly I've never even run into a situation that required even doing that, and I've upgraded graphics cards on every MS OS there is (inluding W7 (7100)!)
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24 Jul 2009   #3

Windows 7 7600.16384 x64

no. The best thing to do is uninstall your drivers, shut the machine down, remove your video card, install new card, boot up, reinstall drivers, reboot.
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24 Jul 2009   #4


i know all drivers etc have to be deleted before adding card

so it is bs then
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24 Jul 2009   #5
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

yes, it's 100% bs - reinstall is complete overkill, only do it if you get major problems with the new card.

enjoy your higher frame-rates!
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25 Jul 2009   #6


no...... just make sure the old GPU drivers are gone, then install the new will detect the new H/W, then you can install the new driver.

thats it.
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