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GUIDE: Remove NVIDIA GPU Driver

Why was this guide created?

3rd Party software uninstallers (DDU, CCleaner, Nvidia Uninstall Utility) have been known to cause software corruption by removing essential chipset, audio and system library files. This may cause system instability, OS corruption or personal data loss.

Why should I use this guide?

If you suspect software issues with the GPU driver or plan to up/downgrade GPU/driver version, you could benefit from the guide. The posts show that around 95% of the users gave positive feedback, as it fixed short and long term issues ranging from error messages, in-game stuttering, poor SLI scaling, missing features, low FPS and driver induced system crashes.

Is this guide compatible?

Chipsets; Intel, AMD.
OS; Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10.
GPU; GTX 400 or higher.

Remove Drivers:

1. Access Programs and Features via the Windows Control Panel

2. Remove Any Nvidia Associated Software

3. Restart the PC

Remove left over files/folders:

1. Access Folder Options from Windows Control Panel

2. Click the view tab and select “Show hidden files/ folders and drives" (Apply Settings)

3. Access Drive “C” (OS Drive)

4. Delete the folder named “NVIDIA”

5. Go to “Program Files” and delete all NVIDIA associated folders

6. Go to “Program Files (x86)” and delete all NVIDIA associated folders

7. Go to “ProgramData” and delete all NVIDIA associated folders

8. Go to “Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local” and delete all NVIDIA associated folders

9. Go to “Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming” and delete all NVIDIA associated folders

Remove left over registry entries:

1. Click start and type "regedit.exe", then preess enter.

2. Click “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” and extend the folder

3. Click “Software” and extend the folder

4. Delete NVIDIA associated folders

5. Click “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” and extend the folder

6. Click “SOFTWARE” and extend the folder

7. Delete NVIDIA associated folders

8. Click “Wow6432Node” and extend the folder

9. Delete NVIDIA associated folders

10. Click “HKEY_USERS” and extend the folder

11. Click “.DEFAULT” and extend the folder

12. Click “Software” and extend the folder

13. Delete NVIDIA associated folders

14. Click “S-1-5-18” and extend the folder

15. Click “Software” and extend the folder

16. Delete NVIDIA associated folders

17. Feel free to check the remaining “S-1-5” / “Software” folders for NVIDIA folders (and remove them)

18. Restart the PC

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repped...but pls do tell why driver removers can cause problem in long run(i use driver sweeper).......ur method is quite lengthy and for a lazy guy like me it seems too much...thats why i wanna know why its bad to use driver sweeper in safe mode.......

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repped...but pls do tell why driver removers can cause problem in long run(i use driver sweeper).......ur method is quite lengthy and for a lazy guy like me it seems too much...thats why i wanna know why its bad to use driver sweeper in safe mode.......

They don't remove all the files and registry entires. They can also cause issues to the system INF folder.

I've tried and tested all these methods. Manual deletion via my steps is the best way to fix issues and prevent issues. (Tested on both AMD and Nvidia systems)

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btw: Once you have done this methoda few times, it will take you less than a minute to do.

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It's prolly better to do it as you say, but I have to agree with ghost_z biggrin.gif
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It's prolly better to do it as you say, but I have to agree with ghost_z biggrin.gif

From experience, this is the better option. Take a few minutes to study it and it will only take a minute or two to complete, with great results at the end of it.

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thnx will try it out when i install new drivers...subscribed biggrin.gif

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thnx will try it out when i install new drivers...subscribed biggrin.gif

Let me know how you get on or if you run into issues. Like i said, i've used my method for a long time with both AMD and Nvidia cards. It works perfectly. Also, people with AMD issues tried my method and it fixed problems for people. The method is the same for Nvidia wink.gif

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HIGHLY recommended you read this thread in EVGA. Instructions what to DO before installing and uninstalling older drivers to new ones. READ IT step by step!

http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?high=&m=1174372&mpage=1#1174372

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