Sometimes the stock “Uninstall Utility” does not actually work. This is how you can manually uninstall drivers:
To navigate to the device manager and uninstall display drivers cleanly:
1. Click Start or press the Windows Key
2. Right Click on “Computer” and select “Properties”
3. On the left hand side select “Device Manager”
4. Under “Display Adapters” Right Click on your Video Card and select “Uninstall”
5. When prompted to Restart/Reboot, DO NOT
6. Go to your GPU/Video Card driver folder. Delete the folder. (Usually by default at C:\Program files\ATI or Nvidia)
7. Now reboot.
8. When Windows starts the “New Hardware Found” wizard, cancel it.
9. Now install the new drivers.
10. Reboot as usual and hopefully this fixed your issue.
80% of the time that will take care of the problem. Don't forget, when installing Nvidia drivers don't select "Express." The "Custom" option gives you the ability to "Clean Install."
However, sometimes drivers can be resilient. This next step I do not recommend unless you are an advanced user.
If you do not know what regedit is, or have never used it disregard all of this and do not continue. I repeat do not continue. You could potentially damage your operating system and prevent it from booting.
That said I will not
be held responsible if you choose to tamper with regedit and cause damage. I do not even recommend this method
but it does exist. Oh and make sure to have a system repair CD handy.
1. Follow steps 1 – 6, before proceeding to step 7 enter regedit.
2. Back up the registry.
3. Back up the registry.
4. Back up the registry.
5. Use CTRL+F to search for appropriate Video Card. (ATI or Nvidia)
6. Cycle with F3 and delete all the keys
7. When all appropriate keys are deleted, proceed to step 7.
If your system sustains damage, reboot into safe mode and load your registry back up.
Edit: I don’t know how you feel about trying out Beta drivers but v310.70 is out and it might be worth a try to see if it works for you.
To install Nvidia beta drivers:
1. Right Click on Desktop and select “Nvidia Control Panel”
2. Under “Help” select “Update”
3. Under the Preferences tab at the very bottom check the box “Include beta update”
4. Press OK
5. Under “Help” again select “Update”
6. Now under the Updates tab at the bottom right click “Check For Updates…”
7. GeForce 310.70 Driver Beta will appear under “Available.”
8. Click “Download” and it will take you to the download page.
9. Agree & Download.
Just food for thought.http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/53960/nvidiaupdate#
Edited by Vileynye, 16 December 2012 - 04:12 PM.