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SAFEST Way to Update Video Drivers?

Poll Results: Which video driver update method has consistently yield a hassle-free experience for you?

 
  • 14% (2)
    Driver Sweep...It's worked for many years
  • 14% (2)
    I trust the registry delete because Driver Sweep is outdated and no longer applicable
  • 71% (10)
    A simply clean Install is sufficient provided OS doesn't try to DL its own Drivers and OC Software is off
14 Total Votes  
post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I have seen so many routes...I don't have the best luck installing these driver so I usually just have a fresh OS install but this time I don't reformat on OS.

1. Driver sweeper under safe mode

2. deleting stuff in registry
http://www.overclock.net/t/1150443/how-to-remove-your-nvidia-gpu-drivers

3. disabling auto driver download from Win Update, turning off OC software then a simple clean install
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WeDdcobMcBc#!

Final question, does saving a restore point and falling back on one before you try to update work 100%? Or is it safer to back up OS completely before attempting update drivers.
     
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post #2 of 21
Just DL the Nvidia drivers and double click bro. Then, choose custom and check the box under the window. Says something along the line of "Perform Clean install". This work everytime. If it does not work, it auto rolls back to last best config......

Go to Nvidia.com for the download.

Also, make sure to set any OC back to default before doing the update.
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
I followed step 3
picked up bioshock today and viola
game crashes 2 seconds after launching it

edit: i can run other games just fine and Bioshock infinite benchmark runs fine as well..will try redownloading i guess.
Edited by twitchyzero - 4/2/13 at 11:13pm
     
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post #4 of 21
Second option has always worked for me.

Try it.

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post #5 of 21
First uninstall the Viedo driver fin control panel first. Then Shutdown PC. Unplug the PC and unplug the Video Card( from the Motherboard) wait a few secs.then pug it back in. Then power up wait until windows found new hardware and waiting for drivers. Then install the downloaded ones. There it should be fixed. I had that happen to me many of thimes.
post #6 of 21
Latest round of Nvidia drivers (at least since 310.xx) has pretty much deleted stuff from the registry when you uninstall it from the control panel.
So method 2 isn't really all that needed anymore unless you're updating from a pretty old set of drivers (say pre 306.97).

Just restart your PC, make sure to disable any GPU OC utility (MSI afterburner, EVGA precision, etc.), then uninstall the drivers from the control panel.
Then restart the PC again and install the new ones with the "clean install" option ticked. I can personally confirm this works with zero issues.
post #7 of 21
Never had any issues just selecting clean install during the Nvidia install. Some people go way overboard with this.
post #8 of 21
Overboard? No not really. Cleaning out old drivers has been done for years, drivers still don't fully remove, hence why it is highly recommended to run a driver cleaner, such as fusion.
post #9 of 21
Yes really. I use to be one of those people that did the 100 step driver removal. I find it totally unnecessary nowadays unless you run into a problem where its the only remedy.
post #10 of 21
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Yes really. I use to be one of those people that did the 100 step driver removal. I find it totally unnecessary nowadays unless you run into a problem where its the only remedy.

No not really. The guy above is right, not doing this will most of the time lead to TDR issues. Try googling about it and you'll get lots of hits. How I wish that I don't do this extensive uninstallation processes but I have no choice.
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