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Correct procedure for updating NVIDIA drivers?

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April 14, 2009 6:53:18 PM

In the case that i feel the need to replace my old drivers... especially since the 185 drivers might come out soon...

What's the way to go about it? do i have to uninstall my old drivers, or do i simply install the new drivers over the old ones?
April 14, 2009 8:16:34 PM

Uninstall old drivers, restart PC, run driversweeper, restart PC, install new drivers.
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April 14, 2009 8:28:26 PM

As djcoolmasterx says but before you start, set a restore point and do not delete the old Nvidia folders or the Restore will fail.
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April 14, 2009 8:33:30 PM

You can just run the installer; this keeps the old files/installer around if you need to downgrade in the future. That being said, this leaves the possibility of .dll conflict, especially if a new .dll is created/removed between releases.
April 14, 2009 11:13:57 PM

wait, if you uninstall the old drivers, what's left to display on the screen during the whole process?
April 14, 2009 11:14:54 PM

Windows basic display drivers.
April 19, 2009 5:24:25 AM

gamerk316 said:
You can just run the installer; this keeps the old files/installer around if you need to downgrade in the future. That being said, this leaves the possibility of .dll conflict, especially if a new .dll is created/removed between releases.


do i have to worry about that if i took the easy way out?
April 19, 2009 12:21:51 PM

Uninstalling first is really quite simple, and a lot more certain.

new driver ready to install / control panel / add/remove programs / select driver / select remove display driver only / do it / restart / install new driver / restart / enjoy.

I've never had to use a cleaner, or had much troubles with drivers doing it this way.
April 20, 2009 8:25:11 AM

i see... That's the XP way, is the Vista way the same?
April 20, 2009 12:40:42 PM

As I said, you don't HAVE to uninstall, its just highly recommended. As long as you don't skip WHQL releases, you should be able to simply install over the existing drivers, although any signs of trouble should lead to a driver sweep. All old drivers are stored on the computer by default, although as the .dll files are never referenced, should not cause any conflicts.

All GFX cards can display 640x480, 256 color native, as required by M$ standards. If no display driver is present, this becomes the native resolution.
April 20, 2009 4:35:51 PM

Chronobodi said:
i see... That's the XP way, is the Vista way the same?


I'm not sure. It must have a similar program manager, though.
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