Best practice for updating Nvidia video card driver

August 28, 2012 at 07:55:58
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Core 2 Quad
Hi,

I previously format my PC due to screwed up video card drivers. People told me that we have to uninstall previous video card driver before updating to a new one.

What's the best practice? I want to update my Nvidia video card driver right now and need to uninstall previous drivers first. I go to Control Panel>uninstall programs and found NVIDIA related drivers below:

-NVIDIA 3D Vision Controller Driver 301.42
-NVIDIA 3D Vision Driver 301.42
-NVIDIA Graphics Driver 301.42
-NVIDIA HD Audio Driver 1.3.16.0
-NVIDIA PhysX System Software 9.12.0213
-NVIDIA Update 1.8.15

Question 1: Which ones should I uninstall first? What is the order?

Question 2: Some people suggest driver removal software such as Drivers Sweeper/Fusion. Do we really need this? Or simply add/remove program from control panel is good enough?



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#1
August 28, 2012 at 08:06:16
I have never had to uninstall my graphics card drivers before updating to the latest, i dont see the point, but others may disagree, fair enough, but to date i have never had any problems by updating my nvidia 8800 GTS card driver directly from the Nvidia website.

I use the below link, and click on the grey button that says 'Graphics Card' this then checks my current version, and tells me if an update is available. i download the update to my desktop and install it.

It take care of everything itself.

http://www.nvidia.co.uk/Download/in...

You may want to try that, i have read is places that you should uninstall old drivers first, but as i have said, i have never had an issue doing it this way, i would assume that the installer should uninstall the old drivers first before installing the new, but i cannot be sure of that.


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#2
August 28, 2012 at 08:16:35
I used to have no problem updating directly from Nvidia before, until last month which make my PC Lock-up.

Also, Nvidia website stated that we have to uninstall previous drivers first before updating:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/IO_139...

But they didn't specify HOW to uninstall it(Which orders, as I have many NVIDIA items in add/remove programs)


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#3
August 28, 2012 at 09:04:16
Use Revo Uninstaller Free Edition:

http://www.revouninstaller.com/

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