How to perform a CLEAN install of your video card drivers.

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Updated 11/30/2017


A major issue on many systems is the presence of multiple graphics card drivers or drivers that have been incompletely uninstalled followed by the installation of newer drivers that can result in rogue registry entries and other issues. Many users upgrading from older cards or integrated graphics that use older driver versions by the same OEM, meaning Nvidia or AMD based, often assume it will be a bang, bang process. Sometimes it is if they've kept up with keeping the drivers current but more often it is not.

With the introduction of Windows 10, it almost always is not and the problem of driver compatibility has increased dramatically as the Windows supplied driver versions are often problematic and the issues with conflicting driver versions seems to be a much more prevalent issue than with previous Windows versions.

It's also often not enough to simply install the drivers that came on disk with the graphics card or to just find and download current drivers. In many cases the system has seen repeated driver updates, partial or damaged driver installations or the installation of multiple architectures/generations in addition to a variety of different "tweaking" utilities, all of which may have left behind varying levels of registry entries and system file versions that are likely to cause complications with the installation or implementation of new drivers.

This can have a wide variety of results including no problems at all, refusal of the new drivers to even install or anything in between as well as driver and resource conflicts and poor performance. It's imperative that you start with a clean slate by removing ALL previous graphics drivers for that architecture or platform that might interfere with the transition to the new drivers. Making sure you are trying to install drivers INTENDED for use with your GPU model or Windows version is extremely important as well.

There has been a high level of success resolving these kinds of issues by doing the following.

Download, but do not yet install, the drivers that are appropriate for your graphics card and operating system from the Nvidia or AMD website. It is recommended that you do this now, before running the Display driver uninstaller so you will not have to go find the drivers later when it may not be convenient or is actually difficult since without the full driver suite installed you may be on an undesirable resolution making browsing or searching for the proper files a real pain.

It would also be a good idea to skip down a few lines to the link for the Wagnard tools Display driver uninstaller and go ahead and get that downloaded before going any further as well.

Nvidia graphics drivers

AMD graphics drivers

Restart Windows in safe mode

Click here for instructions on how to boot Windows 10 into safe mode.

Now that you're in safe mode, click on the executable file and run Wagnard tools "Display driver uninstaller" which I highly recommend and is fully endorsed by many top level tech websites including Guru 3D and Tom's Hardware. Choose the option from the drop box that applies to your platform, AMD, Nvidia or Intel, depending on what was previously installed and needs to be eradicated.