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Hi, i was just wondering what is actually the best method to update drivers.

many times in the past ive just clicked install without removing the old ones and have had no problems. Normally i just un install the old ones and put on new ones.

i know alot of people use driver cleaner in safe mode after un-install to completly clear the pc of ati drivers, is that nessasary? Is the purpose of this to avoid errors, or does installing over old ones give less performance?
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this is what i do, i believe i have excessive reboots, but oh well

- uninstall driver in either device manager or 'uninstall programs' list
- reboot
- run driversweeper (or a similar program you have or find) and search for the drivers i just uninstalled
- clean out old files (with driversweeper)
- reboot
- install new drivers
- reboot (if necessary)
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I use the uninstall option when installing new ati drivers, reboot then install the new drivers. It works for me but better safe then sorry I guess, if you have/find a driver cleaner program, doesnt hurt to use it as well.
    
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What if you don't trust 3rd party applications, is there a way to remove them like manually?
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post #5 of 5
Just install on top -> easiest way
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