Install/Uninstall Video Card Drivers the right way (WINDOWS)

By DimitarM | Welcome to my life | 13 Aug 2020

As you know guys, the video card(also referred to it as VGA or GPU) or essential part of the PC. It is used to project the image of your computer to a Display, to complete some complicate calculations or mine cryptocurrency. In any of those cases it is very important for you guys to have the correct drivers for your device. In this article we are talking about the dedicated VGA, which a separate piece of equipment from the motherboard(some MBs have integrated GPU, that are not subject to this article).

When you buy a video card, they are usually coming with drivers from a CD/DVD supplied with the package. It is never recommended to use the drivers from the disk. They are 100% outdated already at the point when you decided to purchase the card. There are currently 2 large VGA developers - Nvidia and AMD, both of them are usually not VGA manufacturers - this role usually goes to different companies such as: ASUS, MSI, EVGA and so on. In 99% of the time the best place to get drivers for your old or new VGA is the developer's website - AMD or Nvidia. From the drop down menus you select your exact model of a card and press download -> save the file to your computer and wait it to download. It is important that you stay up to date due to the fact that with each release there are some new features and improvements either in the graphic software or in the performance.

Anyway, let's go to our main topic in the article -> how to install and uninstall the new drivers.

First thing to do is to remove any old driver you might have on your PC.

Delete the existing driver with Display Driver Uninstaller
Display Driver Uninstaller(DDU) is a driver removal utility that can help you completely uninstall AMD/NVIDIA graphics card drivers and packages from your system, without leaving leftovers behind (including registry keys, folders, and files, driver store).

1. Download the DDU from here.

2. Extract and run the DDU.

3. Select AMD/NVIDIA drivers from the drop-down menu.

4. Disconnect the LAN cable from the PC/Turn off the WiFi.

5. Click Clean and Restart.

Installing the new drivers
Once DDU deletes the drivers and restarts your rig, make sure that the LAN cable is still not connected to your rig. Then locate the drivers previously downloaded and install them.

Follow these steps to install GPU drivers:

1. Run the downloaded driver file.

2. Use Express or Custom installer option (I do always use Custom to remove all options I do not need).

3. Restart the computer no matter if the installation does not require it.

4. Connect LAN cable back to your PC.

It is good idea to check for a new version of DDU always before using it, because some things might have changed with Microsoft updating Windows 10 constantly and some patches are successful and others are not. Also, having a Windows restore point before driver replacement is not a bad idea. If by some chance your PC's Windows doesn't boot correctly with the new video driver applied the solution is to boot in Safe Mode and then remove the driver and then reapply another version. 

I hope you guys find this information useful.

How do you rate this article?



I really enjoy Publish0x!

Welcome to my life
Welcome to my life

I would like to share interesting news, related or not to cryptos and other interesting topics!

Send a $0.01 microtip in crypto to the author, and earn yourself as you read!

20% to author / 80% to me.
We pay the tips from our rewards pool.