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Uninstall video card drivers?


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#1 Venek

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 03:33 PM

I'm going to be upgrading my video cards in a couple of weeks from a pair of 8800GTs to 460GTXs as well as a new PSU. I plan to set my BIOS back to default settings, but I definitely should uninstall my existing video card drivers prior to cracking open my computer and swapping out the hardware, right?

I ask because the first time I downloaded new drivers on Win7 (64-bit, by the way), I tried to uninstall the old drivers like I used to on XP only to find out that Win7 automatically re-installed the drivers after rebooting (wtf?!?). I realized I could just simply download and install the drivers without uninstalling the old ones. For brand new hardware, though, I REALLY should uninstall, but I don't want my Win7 to automatically reinstall them after rebooting, is there a way to disable that? Am I worrying too much?

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 04:10 PM

Since you're replacing NVIDIA boards with NVIDIA boards the same drivers should work. When you download the latest drivers from GeForce.com you'll find that the new installer gives you the option to perform a clean install, meaning the installer will remove the old drivers before installing the new ones. If you remove the NVIDIA drivers and then reboot, Windows will install the default video drivers.

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 10:20 PM

Since you're replacing NVIDIA boards with NVIDIA boards the same drivers should work. When you download the latest drivers from GeForce.com you'll find that the new installer gives you the option to perform a clean install, meaning the installer will remove the old drivers before installing the new ones. If you remove the NVIDIA drivers and then reboot, Windows will install the default video drivers.


Actually, the same drivers should NOT work as I'm using drivers specifically for the 8800GTs. I have to download different ones for the 460GTXs. My question is can I uninstall the old drivers and keep it that way until I put in the new cards and THEN install the new drivers? I tried uninstalling my old drivers once before updating to the new drivers (like on XP), but after rebooting, Win7 just automatically detected that and then installed the old drivers again, thinking it would save me the trouble.
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Posted 02 February 2011 - 10:25 PM

I just checked and both boards use the same driver for Windows 7 64-bit.
http://www.geforce.com/#/Drivers/Results/26387
The latest driver version is 266.58 and if you are currently using an outdated driver then you can download and install 266.58 before you swap out the boards.




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