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Hello,
so I tried to follow the steps but I have already problems when I want to remove all Nvidia related things in the Add/Remove Panel. I could remove everything but the 3D Vision Driver, the 3D Vision Controller-Driver and the Graphics Driver. When I try to remove them just nothing happens. My cursor would indicate me for a splitsecond that something happens but then it stops again (also it seems to be, at least not visibly, active since I couldn't delete the folder belonging to it).

I am currently using a Radeon HD 7850 with the newest AMD drivers. Also I didn't clean up right when I got the new card, as I tried the method with driver sweeper, which messed everything up ending up to me setting the system back (when the Nvidia stuff was still on).
I then installed the new AMD drivers and let it be as it worked. But now I want everything to be clean (let alone the Nvidia settings application running in the background all the time which ofc comes up with an error everytime I try to do something with it and also starts itself again when killed with taskmanager!).

Hope somebody here can help me, if any additional Information is needed or if I did something wrong tell me (I am new around here smile.gif )
Thanks in advance!
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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.
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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.

The files that are still left over after my guide do not cause any conflict.
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I'm switching from an nVidia GPU to an AMD GPU. I was wondering, after the final step #18, is that when I should install the new GPU and then install its drivers?
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I'm switching from an nVidia GPU to an AMD GPU. I was wondering, after the final step #18, is that when I should install the new GPU and then install its drivers?

In your case, after step 18, power off instead or of reboot, remove power cord, install new GPU, then power cord back in then switch on and install appropriate drivers.
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