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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-23-2019, 07:44 PM - Thread Starter
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Do you still manually uninstall graphics drivers when updating them?

So I had quite a hiatus from building systems until about november. Before then, my gtx580s were trusty workhorses in SLI for years on end. Im wondering though, is it still a requirement to do the full on paranoid method of uninstalling nvidia software, sweeping the registry, and so forth, when upgrading to new versions of drivers? I have done this again for my last few, but Im wondering if things are just improved now to where that is just overkill. I have a single card, use no SLI, and only ever update physx and the driver, none of the other junk gets installed. Is that what "clean install" is for anyway? Thoughts? Im referring to taking measures basically like here https://www.overclock.net/forum/71-n...ew-2016-a.html

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I always use Display Driver Uninstaller.



Never had any problems with the DDU utility. Lots of people just install new driver over the old one checking the "clean install" option and then wonder why they have issues.

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Same card, just install over; different card, I'll use DDU. Never really have too many issues, but I don't update too regularly (only if BFV tells me I need to).
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Hi,
I just use the nvidia builtin clean install options.
Only for a new card install would I use DDU.

Win-10 I use a nvidia driver slimmer utility usually can't find a link atm but if I do I'll post it later.

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I only uninstall the old driver if there are problems dirty installing the new one over top. 99% of the time I never have any issues just updating over top of the old one.

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Shut off network adapter
Uninstall PhysX
Uninstall gpu driver
Delete nvidia folders in C
Run ccleaner
Run Driver sweeper.
Restart and reinstall driver, clean install. Before this though, I have deleted all the crap in the nvidia driver pack, bare bones really. So PhysX and driver installed only.
Enable networks adapter
Restart pc

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Switching GPU? then DDU.

Just Driver update, Uninstall PhysX, Uninstall GPU driver, Install new driver. Restart whenever prompted.

I uninstall PhysX first, as I read it here in OCN or maybe somewhere that its better to do so, not sure if true

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Hi,
Here's the nvidia driver slimmer pretty cool actually cuts out all or none of the nv crap pretty much as much as you want
https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/nvslimmer.html
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