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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

Disclaimer, use at your own risk
 

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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)

Thank you!
btw: Once you have done this methoda few times, it will take you less than a minute to do.
 
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Thank you very much. Hope people find this very useful.
 
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It's prolly better to do it as you say, but I have to agree with ghost_z
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for a lazy guy like me it seems too much...
 

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It's prolly better to do it as you say, but I have to agree with ghost_z
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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
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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
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I had some BSODs with latest nv drivers... Never before I had them, only with the latest 2 or 3. I rolled back 1 by 1 still having BSODs (via uninstall and install, not by windows itself). Eventually I took the driver from ASUS website... No more BSODs

Do you think there might be a link with your post? Like something didn't remove correctly?

I did use driver sweeper and when installing I put a check on: Perform Clean Install (or something like that)
 

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pls don't crap the threads..even if the info has been taken from other source or correlates to it then it does not mean that sharing of information is bad....

its like blaming the book publishers for publishing knowledge n distributing to many even though it was meant for some specific university written by some specific user........
 

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My method is great to try for the new Nvidia WQHL drivers that have come out for BF3
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I've also requested "sticly" status on this thread.
 

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From horses mouth:

Q: Do I need to uninstall my older driver first?
A: No. It used to be the case that an uninstall was first required. Today the recommended method is to overinstall the newer driver on top of your older driver. This will allow you to maintain any current NVIDIA Control Panel settings or profiles.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/drivers_faq.html#installing
 

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From horses mouth:

Q: Do I need to uninstall my older driver first?
A: No. It used to be the case that an uninstall was first required. Today the recommended method is to overinstall the newer driver on top of your older driver. This will allow you to maintain any current NVIDIA Control Panel settings or profiles.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/drivers_faq.html#installing
I remember when i did this for both Nvidia and AMD. It was utter fail!
 
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