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How to completely remove ATi Drivers & Catalyst?

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I started out my build with my friends borrowed 5770 and I used that for about 2 months. Now I finally got my own graphics card, and it's the nvidia GTX 560 Ti.

Yeah, I know. Starting with Ati drivers and switching to nvidia is a pain. So how do I get rid of these ati drivers then? In the control panel when you click on the ATI one, the only options are "Change" and "Repair", no Uninstall option. If I click change it opens up the ATI installer/uninstaller and so I click uninstall, it goes through the steps, and finishes. But then the "ATI technologies" is still showing up in programs lists and other traces throughout the computer.

So... how do I completely remove all this ATI... "stuff"?
Edited by EliteGamer83 - 8/15/11 at 12:07pm
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Use something like Driver Sweeper (no longer made, but its still available to download) and it will clear out all the ATI drivers, otherwise just download ATI drivers if you don't still have them on your computer, click to install, and it will give an option to uninstall the drivers.

Everything should be done in safemode to make sure that everything is cleared out.

GL and enjoy your new 560ti!
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Well I can't uninstall it in Safemode because windows says that the installer service or something isn't running, it then tells me to reboot into 'normal mode' to uninstall the program.

In 'normal mode' there is no uninstall button, and there never was. All I see is "Change and "Repair". If I click Repair it tells me some ATI file is missing or corrupted, and if I click Change, it opens up the Catalyst installer/uninstaller so like I said before, I click uninstall, it does its thing and then finishes. But even after that it's still showing in the Control panel in the list of programs.

I downloaded RegCleaner and booted in safe mode to remove the ati drivers, I did, then booted up normally and it's still showing in the control panel! mad.gif

Oh and by the way, I did try the DriverSweeper, but it didn't do anything. Also, second note, Right now I'm running the nVidia card not the Raedon card.

This ATi stuff is like a disease!
Edited by EliteGamer83 - 8/15/11 at 2:39pm
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Nvidia drivers are the same way, really. Wish I could help. Good luck.
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Okay, well I finally figured it out! I'll post the solution in case anyone else finds themselves in my predicament.

So open Regedit.exe (or the registry editor if you have TuneUp Utilities)

Then go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
(Ignore the space in "CurrentVersion" the post text editor on here in putting it in for me, I have no idea why.)

This is where the Control Panel keeps the list of program to uninstall.

Click on all the keys (they just look like your average folder, the technical term for them is keys) until you find the one that has a bunch of information pertaining to AMD/ATI listed in the "Data" column. Look for the keywords "ATI" and "ATI Technologies" and probably a link in one of the rows to their website. It's not hard to see.

Once you've located the correct key, right click on it and hit "Delete." Go to the control panel now, and it should no longer show up in the list of installed programs.

I also forgot to mention, the program "Driver Sweeper" in fact did help with the manual uninstallation process. It deleted all the ATI folders for me that were on my C: drive. I highly recommend using it if you're going to manually uninstall any sort of driver. It saves the trouble of going through and locating those leftover files and folders yourself.

Since it is discontinued, and no longer available for download at Guru3D, I just downloaded it from Cnet. here is a link to the download: http://download.cnet.com/Driver-Sweeper/3000-2094_4-75219868.html. You can ignore the poor review, the newbie doesn't know how to install software. He accidentally clicked yes to install the toolbar that comes in the installer.
Edited by EliteGamer83 - 8/15/11 at 6:55pm
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