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Heya! I'm an idiot at computers, and this is properbly THE most stupid question that has ever been asked. But i just need to know. Reinstalling your nvidia drivers, you know, just making a "clean install", does that hurt your computer? Or can you like, keep doing it without any bad effect? (not that i intend to do that, just a question, just need to do it once )

It can only make things better, right?
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It won't "hurt it' per-say but it could mess things up if not done properly. like not erasing the old drivers completely or erasing something you don't need to.
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post #3 of 9
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Heya! I'm an idiot at computers, and this is properbly THE most stupid question that has ever been asked. But i just need to know. Reinstalling your nvidia drivers, you know, just making a "clean install", does that hurt your computer? Or can you like, keep doing it without any bad effect? (not that i intend to do that, just a question, just need to do it once )

It can only make things better, right?
I do a clean install every time I update drivers. Its the best way to do it. There is no danger (unless you remove the wrong thing.) google nvidia clean driver install and it will show what to remove.
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Why would it hurt your computer?

No it would not hurt.
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I always do a custom install. I uncheck HD audio, and 3D vision. I only install physx and driver, and ALWAYS check "Preform clean install". When you check that, it uninstalls your old driver before it installs the new one.
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post #6 of 9
What do you mean by clean install?

If you mean removing the prior parts and installing the new ones, go for it.
    
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post #7 of 9
Reinstalling your GPU drivers is nothing harmful in the slightest. It's about as harmful as updating Windows.

If this clean install refers to the Operating System, Windows XP, Vista, 7, then you will lose all your current data.

If it's just the Nvidia drivers though, you will be fine simply updating that.
     
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post #8 of 9
I always install new nvidia drivers on top of the older one. No problems here.
    
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post #9 of 9
The best way to update drivers and the way the intend you to update drivers is to just download the newest release for your graphics product and install it over your existing drivers.

I know some people remove their old driver first, even run various driver cleaner pieces of software or ccleaner but unless you are trying to troubleshoot an issue you shouldn't do that.

So just download the new driver, run the installer, reboot, boom you are done. All that other stuff can sometimes be useful if you have a problem you are trying to figure out but shouldn't be the default way you upgrade drivers.
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