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Do you deep clean the old video driver before installing the new one?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by qubit, Jun 10, 2009.

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Do you deep clean the old video driver before installing the new one?

  1. YES

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    36.7%
  2. NO

    29 vote(s)
    59.2%
  3. What's a video driver??

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    4.1%
  1. qubit

    qubit Overclocked quantum bit

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    I don't bother. I've installed loads of video drivers over each other, including mixing ATI and nvidia without uninstalling first and seldom run into any problems.

    What do you do?

    EDIT: For those that are having problems or just wanna really clear out every trace of their old driver first, you may want to try my Deep Driver Detox Routine.
     
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  2. h3llb3nd4

    h3llb3nd4 New Member

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    I alway go with people's suggestions, uninstalling old Drivers first
     
  3. JATownes

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    Driver Sweeper FTW. Everytime. Never had a problem, but why would I ask for trouble?? :)
     
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    W1zzard Administrator Staff Member

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    i never uninstall and never have problems
     
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    Once in awhile I will run Drivercleaner, most of time I just use the uninstaller and put in the new one.
     
  6. FordGT90Concept

    FordGT90Concept "I go fast!1!11!1!"

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    The only time I don't uninstall before installing a new driver is when it is currently using the Microsoft default (e.g. vga.dll for video adapters).

    Uninstall, restart, install, restart, tweak.
     
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    I only deep clean if I get problems after uninstalling and installing the latest driver.
     
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    This...
     
  9. DarkEgo

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    I voted "What is a Video Driver." But seriously i ushaly just uninstall then install the new driver. I only deep clean if i run into problems.
     
  10. r9

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    I`m lazy so I don`t uninstall prior new driver installation and I don`t have any problems.
    On one windows installation I have used 8500GT 9600GSO HD4830 and HD4850 and P7N platinum P31 neo-f P35pro and P43 neo -f.:D
     
  11. qubit

    qubit Overclocked quantum bit

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    That's the joke vote, you're not supposed to pick that one - that's like admitting you're an AOL user! :eek: :)
     
  12. Kovoet

    Kovoet

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    Just a habit and always do it.
     
  13. A Cheese Danish

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    I voted Yes, only because I do it the majority of the time. But if I don't really care, I just install new ones without removing the old ones
     
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    Generally, no I do not. The exception is if I go from ATI to Nvidia or vice versa.
     
  15. trickson

    trickson OH, I have such a headache

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    Driver sweeper FTW !
     
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    I used to do this, until I realised it was giving me trouble with crossfire. Since I've started installing newer drivers over the old ones, no problems whatsoever.
     
  17. qubit

    qubit Overclocked quantum bit

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    That's interesting, uninstalling is supposed to be the "safest" way to do it. Thanks for your input. :)
     
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    install newer ones. no need to uninstall the old ones. unless you switch to a different Company like from nVidia to ATI.
     
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    For ATi I just install new drivers over the old.

    For nVidia I remove them in safe mode, then install the new ones in the same.

    If I switch between nVidia and ATi I definitely remove old drivers.

    I don't "deep clean" with third party programs.

    For Windows 7 I remove their WDM driver, install the standard VGA driver, then the appropriate graphics card driver.
     
  20. mlee49

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    I just upgrade to the latest version, no problems with this method.
     
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    I uninstall boot safe mode delete every thing i can find ATI\NV reboot and intstall. Only do it as it can save from possible issue's. And after all no harm can be done and only can be seen as a positive.
     
  22. qubit

    qubit Overclocked quantum bit

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    Ok, so far the blue team is in the lead with 19 No's to 12 red Yes's.

    Can the reds catch up?!
     
  23. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    nope.
    I dont even uninstall the old ones.

    IMO its running half assed cleaners that cause most driver issues anyway. - if a cleaner removes a file but misses a registry entry, new drivers might not realise that its half there and half not, and screw things up. its NOT a situation where nothing can go wrong.
     
  24. qubit

    qubit Overclocked quantum bit

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    Yeah, that's a good point. Sounds like recipe for disaster that could require a reformat and OS reload, resulting in lots of: :cry: by our hapless user. ;)
     
  25. Jeffredo

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    That makes no sense. The drivers don't "realize" anything. They have a set install protocol and install the files and registry entries they're instructed to. If the files or entries exist, they overwrite them. If they don't exist they install/write them. That's it. That's why cleaning probably doesn't help. The driver installation has to do what its instructed to do, whether its installing on a clean slate or overwriting existing files or entries. But a safe mode cleaning certainly isn't going to hurt.
     
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