Originally Posted by BradleyW
UPDATED: 12/04/2014 (DD/MM/YYYY)
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 completedRemove 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 foldersRemove 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 rebootDisclaimer, use at your own risk.