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Is it still necessary in 2014 to thoroughly remove the old drivers when replacing a card?
I'm replacing my 5850 with a shiny new 270X, it's been six years since my last upgrade so I've been out of the loop for a while, when I last upgraded I had to boot into safe mode and run a driver removal program.
Do I still need to do do that today, or can I just uninstall the old CCC and download the appropriate version?
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Booting into safemode and uninstalling the display driver after using the normal AMD uninstall utility is usually enough. Alot of people use DDU or driver sweeper to clean out any remnants, but personally I only use DDU if my drivers are really messed up.
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Booting into safemode and uninstalling the display driver after using the normal AMD uninstall utility is usually enough. Alot of people use DDU or driver sweeper to clean out any remnants, but personally I only use DDU if my drivers are really messed up.

Yeah I read that using driver sweeper was a bad idea because I have an AMD chipset.
So just booting in safe mode and doing a regular uninstall should be fine then? For uninstalling the display driver I go through the device manager, right?
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Booting into safemode and uninstalling the display driver after using the normal AMD uninstall utility is usually enough. Alot of people use DDU or driver sweeper to clean out any remnants, but personally I only use DDU if my drivers are really messed up.

Yeah I read that using driver sweeper was a bad idea because I have an AMD chipset.
So just booting in safe mode and doing a regular uninstall should be fine then? For uninstalling the display driver I go through the device manager, right?

Exactly, that should do it.
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I took your advice and it went fine! New card is installed and running fine, thank you.
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i never would recommend driver sweeper ever.. alot of people use it without an issue but when you do have an issue it gets nasty...ive seen firsthand it sometimes deletes files it shouldnt making windows unbootable, unstable, etc....i always manually remove all the files with installer then go back and clean up behind it as it usually leaves things behind before installing... files and registry entries alike.. but you gotta be careful when editing the registry as always however ive had alot of issues when i overwrite or just use the uninstall without cleanup... lockups... black screens...direct x errors... oh yeah... its probably overkill how i do it but since then not an issue unless the driver itself has problems but that will always be there..i even do this for each revision... like i said maybe overkill but since then never had a video card driver issue, its own issues aside.
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i never would recommend driver sweeper ever.. alot of people use it without an issue but when you do have an issue it gets nasty...ive seen firsthand it sometimes deletes files it shouldnt making windows unbootable, unstable, etc....i always manually remove all the files with installer then go back and clean up behind it as it usually leaves things behind before installing... files and registry entries alike.. but you gotta be careful when editing the registry as always however ive had alot of issues when i overwrite or just use the uninstall without cleanup... lockups... black screens...direct x errors... oh yeah... its probably overkill how i do it but since then not an issue unless the driver itself has problems but that will always be there..i even do this for each revision... like i said maybe overkill but since then never had a video card driver issue, its own issues aside.

Exactly, and there was just someone in another thread who had issues with DDU.

You shouldn't use driver cleaners unless your driver is already broken, and you have nothing to lose lol.
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