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Got a GTX 580. Need to reformat?

post #1 of 21
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Alright i just got my GTX 580 and im excited but what im not excited about is...do i have to reformat? I currently own a 9800gt with the installed drivers and i would rather not reinstall windows. -.- Any work arounds if any?
post #2 of 21
No need for a reformat, just download the latest drivers for your 580 and install, select the option for a clean install, you should be good to go If it really worries you about the drivers, use drive sweeper in safe mode, restart and install the newest drivers fresh - enjoy
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No reformat required, plug it all in, go get the driver, and install it. It might require a restart but no reformat.
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I switched from 5770's to my 570 with no issues.
Although this isn't the norm.
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post #5 of 21
Just use driver sweeper to remove the previous nvidia drivers, reboot and install the 580 drivers.
post #6 of 21
Can't you just clean the drivers with driversweeper and install the new drivers?
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post #7 of 21
unstall old drivers, install GTX 580.. install newest drivers and lauch your games/benchmarks!
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post #8 of 21
Ah...yes.
Go to control panel, add and remove programs, and remove all Nvidia drivers. This includes Physx. This may take more than once. Upon doing so, remove the old card and install the GTX 580. Go to Nvidia's website and download the newest drivers.

Now some people swear by driver cleaner and run it in safe mode to make sure all registry entries and file remnants are gone from the installation. Additionally CCleaner also works. However, it depends on how thorough you wish to be and if you have ever had problems doing this before.
post #9 of 21
Go to control and remove drivers, then run driver sweeper and reboot and install new drivers. One thing I don't like about windows 7 is that it'll install any drivers that it has automatically, so if you just uninstall the previous drivers, it'll still scan the system and install drivers after you reboot. Running driver sweeper should fix that.
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post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by 0bit View Post
Can't you just clean the drivers with driversweeper and install the new drivers?
Never use driver sweeper. You can corrupt your registry if you don't know what you're doing. And that is through the "normal use" of the product.

Like others have stated, simply uninstall your drivers, plug in the new card, reinstall with the latest drivers, and have fun.
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