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How to: Remove Your NVIDIA GPU Drivers.

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UPDATED: 12/04/2014 (DD/MM/YYYY)
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GUIDE: Nvidia GPU Drivers.

Why was this guide created?

3rd Party software uninstallers have been known to cause software corruption by removing essential files such as chipset, audio drivers and system library’s including various .dll’s within system32. These 3rd party software uninstallers include the likes of DDU and CCleaner ext.
When such files are removed or corrupted, it causes system devices to operate improperly. Many users have had to reinstall their Operating System to regain stability and/or access to their computer without abnormal functionality.

Why should I use this guide?

If you suspect software issues with your GPU drivers, or you’re planning on upgrading/downgrading GPU or driver version, you’ll benefit from this guide. I advise any new comer to read as many comments on this thread as possible to determine if this guide is suitable for your needs. The posts/comments will show that 90% of the users benefited from this guide, as it fixed short and long term issues ranging from software errors, reduced fps, alternate GPU brand conflict, SLI problems, game crashes and much more. As for the 10% of users, at least 8% out of the 10% did not actually use the guide, and decided to use software to clear up the remaining files left by the Nvidia Driver Uninstaller.

Who's compatible to use this guide?

Guide is recommended for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1. (Note: Users might not see NVIDIA files in some of the specified locations. This is normal. Just move along to the next step below.

Remove Drivers:

1. Access Add/Remove Programs via the Windows Control Panel

2. Remove Any Nvidia Associated Software

3. Reboot after the uninstall process has completed

Remove left over files/folders:

1. Access Folder Options from Windows Control Panel

2. Click the view tab and select “Show hidden files/ folders and drives (Apply Settings)

3. Access Drive “C” (Or wherever your OS is installed)

4. Delete the folder named “NVIDIA”

5. Go to “Program Files” and delete all NVIDIA associated folders

6. Go to “Program Files (x86)” and delete all NVIDIA associated folders

7. Go to “ProgramData” and delete all NVIDIA associated folders

8. Go to “Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local” and delete all NVIDIA associated folders

9. Go to “Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming” and delete all NVIDIA associated folders

Remove left over registry entries:

1. Access ‘Regedit’ (This can be found in Administrative Tools or by Windows Search)
Please Note: We will be using the left side panel within ‘regedit’ during this tutorial

2. Click “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” and extend the folder

3. Click “Software” and extend the folder

4. Delete NVIDIA associated folders

5. Click “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” and extend the folder

6. Click “SOFTWARE” and extend the folder

7. Delete NVIDIA associated folders

8. Click “Wow6432Node” and extend the folder

9. Delete NVIDIA associated folders

10. Click “HKEY_USERS” and extend the folder

11. Click “.DEFAULT” and extend the folder

12. Click “Software” and extend the folder

13. Delete NVIDIA associated folders

14. Click “S-1-5-18” and extend the folder

15. Click “Software” and extend the folder

16. Delete NVIDIA associated folders

17. Feel free to check the remaining “S-1-5” / “Software” folders for NVIDIA folders (and remove them)

18. Close ‘regedit’ and empty your recycle bin, followed by a reboot

Due to some changes in the Nvidia drivers, if you still have issues installing a new driver package, try doing so in safe mode. After the installation, reboot into regular Windows.

Disclaimer, use at your own risk.
Edited by BradleyW - 4/17/14 at 2:41am
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repped...but pls do tell why driver removers can cause problem in long run(i use driver sweeper).......ur method is quite lengthy and for a lazy guy like me it seems too much...thats why i wanna know why its bad to use driver sweeper in safe mode.......
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Originally Posted by ghost_z;15432516 
repped...but pls do tell why driver removers can cause problem in long run(i use driver sweeper).......ur method is quite lengthy and for a lazy guy like me it seems too much...thats why i wanna know why its bad to use driver sweeper in safe mode.......

They don't remove all the files and registry entires. They can also cause issues to the system INF folder.

I've tried and tested all these methods. Manual deletion via my steps is the best way to fix issues and prevent issues. (Tested on both AMD and Nvidia systems)

Thank you!
btw: Once you have done this methoda few times, it will take you less than a minute to do.
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+rep
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Originally Posted by danielwiley;15432552 
+rep

Thank you very much. Hope people find this very useful.
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It's prolly better to do it as you say, but I have to agree with ghost_z biggrin.gif
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It's prolly better to do it as you say, but I have to agree with ghost_z biggrin.gif

From experience, this is the better option. Take a few minutes to study it and it will only take a minute or two to complete, with great results at the end of it.
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thnx will try it out when i install new drivers...subscribed biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by ghost_z;15432645 
thnx will try it out when i install new drivers...subscribed biggrin.gif

Let me know how you get on or if you run into issues. Like i said, i've used my method for a long time with both AMD and Nvidia cards. It works perfectly. Also, people with AMD issues tried my method and it fixed problems for people. The method is the same for Nvidia wink.gif

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HIGHLY recommended you read this thread in EVGA. Instructions what to DO before installing and uninstalling older drivers to new ones. READ IT step by step!

http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?high=&m=1174372&mpage=1#1174372
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