Originally Posted by Sniffles
I mentioned this in an earlier post. But to reiterate. No, NVidia uninstall will not remove all the crap it has shoved onto your hard drive. Even manually cleaning the registry won't help as it leaves little snippet programs and files for specific use of certain programs. Anyway, the simple method.
First, BAcK UP YOUR C: DRIVE!!!!
Get an uninstaller program. I use Revo. Get the newest latest NVidia driver package will all the extras. BACK UP YOUR REGISTRY!!!! Run the installer and have it log the installation of the new NVidia package. Nvidia will ask to reboot so make sure you stop the installation logging before doing so. Afterwards, run the uninstaller again, telling it to remove the NVidia log. It will find everything that NVdia has put in.
Next, repeat the same process for your AMD product. A full logged install then uninstall. Then to be certain, I would suggest you repeat them both. When you reboot the comp should be running a default VGA driver and be bare bones. Running a search of the registry and C: drive should not turn up any mention of either driver package.
Finally, run the uninstaller program again and have it log the driver package installation of your choice.
Keep in mind NVidia programs have hooks. They connect to proprietary software like STEAM installations plus various stealth operations that more closely resemble a virus than legit software.. Thus the need to uninstall twice.
In the past 6 months I have had to swap between NVidia and AMD about 15 times. The above method works perfectly. The Revo uninstaller edits your registry and I have not yet had any problems whatever,
Also, make two files in the root directory of your C: drive. One for the newest NVidia and one for AMD. When you update drivers, or driver packages, put the newest package into a temporary directory in the appropriate main directory. Use the uninstaller to do the newest install and check to make sure everything is working right. If not, run the uninstaller and get rid of the newest package then reinstall the older one. If the newest one works right, delete the older one and move the newer one to the
root of that directory.
Right now I can swap from NVidia to AMD or the reverse in a little less than 3 minutes.