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Windows 8 people how do you clean install nvidia drivers?
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Default Windows 8 people how do you clean install nvidia drivers? - 04-05-2013, 06:06 | posts: 252 | Location: India(Bangalore)

hello everyone i have been doing clean install everytime i download a new driver i select custom and tick clean install and thats it.

But does the clean install really remove all the left over of previous drivers?.

Should i use any other cleaning software to remove the left overs before i install new drivers?.

I remember when i used driver sweeper once on windows 8 and it screwed up my nvidia installer caused nvidia installer failed everytime i try to install any driver.

Will the left over files affect the performance of new drivers?.
   
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Default 04-05-2013, 06:12 | posts: 13,904 | Location: USA

I stopped using a driver cleaner when Nvidia included the clean install option with their drivers. I don't even bother uninstalling the previous drivers anymore.
   
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Default 04-05-2013, 06:17 | posts: 1,256 | Location: Bay City, MI

Wow! Let's see if I can remember the steps I take:

1. Download newest drivers

2. Uninstall existing drivers, but do not restart when prompted

3. Manually restart while holding "shift" key

4. Select troubleshoot installation

5. Select restart Advanced options (I think)

6. Enable safe mode #4

7. Install newest drivers

I think these are close to right, not sure without actually doing the steps. GL
   
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Default 04-05-2013, 06:26 | posts: 13,904 | Location: USA

5 steps too many bro.
   
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Default 04-05-2013, 06:41 | posts: 3,611 | Location: Wooing whilst wearing only socks.

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hello everyone i have been doing clean install everytime i download a new driver i select custom and tick clean install and thats it.

But does the clean install really remove all the left over of previous drivers?.

Should i use any other cleaning software to remove the left overs before i install new drivers?.

I remember when i used driver sweeper once on windows 8 and it screwed up my nvidia installer caused nvidia installer failed everytime i try to install any driver.

Will the left over files affect the performance of new drivers?.
If you don't use HDMI audio or 3D you can uncheck those in the custom install options. Other than that, I never use the 'driver cleaners'. Always using the 'Clean install' option does prevent your driver store from getting too large (couple of GB or more if you do frequent driver updates) as installing over the top, doesn't remove the roll back driver files. Really only a concern if you're limited in space on an SSD.
   
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Default 04-05-2013, 07:51 | posts: 1,256 | Location: Bay City, MI

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5 steps too many bro.
Might be, but I never have issues when others aren't as fortunate.
   
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Default 04-05-2013, 11:12 | posts: 579 | Location: Old England

Clean install.

I've been running my W7 64-bit install for 1.5 years. I've always updated my drivers to the first available BETA and WHQL on the day they've been made available.

I've always used the Nvidia clean install option and unticking other 3D jargon I don't need. Never had any issues.

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Default 04-05-2013, 11:13 | posts: 2,329 | Location: Planet Earth

By ticking the clean install option on the installation interface on new drivers.
   
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Default 04-05-2013, 11:23 | posts: 156

I used to fully clean with driver sweeper, but I had an issue some time ago and nowadays I just run uninstall and after restart I do a install with the clean driver option selected.
   
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Default 04-05-2013, 15:01 | posts: 252 | Location: India(Bangalore)

Thanks guys looks like i am fine using clean install option in nvidia installer just wanted to confirm with hardcore users like you all.

Happy to know i am doing it the right way cause i don't want any performance loss due to old drivers and left overs.
   
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Default 04-05-2013, 15:42 | posts: 462

Haven't used a cleaner in quite a wile. They really aren't recommended by nVidia or Microsoft for Windows 8 from what I have read. If I revert back drivers I find nVidia's clean install option is able to do a pretty good job.

I usually just uninstall and reinstall using nVidias clean install.
   
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Default 04-05-2013, 16:01 | posts: 2,807 | Location: florida

yeah no need for a cleaner for installing and uninstall nvidia drivers.

I only had to use cleaners for amd drivers.
   
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Default 04-05-2013, 16:43 | posts: 1,171 | Location: Timisoara, Romania

I just uninstall old drivers, restart, then using driver fusion (have license) and clean nvidia drivers, then restart again, and it restarts as if no video driver is installed because the resolution is small, then install new drivers. And that's all. I think i do the right thing.
   
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Default 04-05-2013, 18:29 | posts: 252 | Location: India(Bangalore)

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I just uninstall old drivers, restart, then using driver fusion (have license) and clean nvidia drivers, then restart again, and it restarts as if no video driver is installed because the resolution is small, then install new drivers. And that's all. I think i do the right thing.
I dont know how it worked for you but when i used driver fusion and cleaned nvidia driver i was unable to install any nvidia driver it always says nvidia installer failed.

So i had to format and reinstall my windows 8 again just cause of using the cleaner.

From then on i never tried using driver fusion again for cleaning nvidia drivers now i just run the nvidia installer then custom then clean install.
   
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Default 04-05-2013, 18:38 | posts: 2,191 | Location: USA, Pennsylvania

In the NVCP click "system information" and then the "components" tab, as long as the last 5 digits (which should be the version of the driver you installed) match for all the files listed there you are installed correctly. (except for the sections labeled for physx, hdmi audio and 3dvision)
   
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Default 04-05-2013, 20:02 | posts: 317 | Location: Kildare, Ireland

Ive never had to use a driver cleaner or sweeper. I've always used nVidias 'Clean Install' option or not used anything at all.

Constant use of Driver Sweeper or similar is absolute madness, and serves one purpose only - satisfying the weird OCD fetish of some of the users.

A simple uninstall/reinstall is more that sufficient in every case.
   
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Default 04-05-2013, 20:13 | posts: 5,540 | Location: Belgium

Also just in case, set your resolution to something lower and more "default" like 1024x768. For some reason half way through uninstalling my screen would go blank. Turning down the resolution before uninstalling for some reason fixed it.

Dunno might be just due to my 120Hz monitor though.
   
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Default 04-05-2013, 20:14 | posts: 66

uninstall driver restart pc
and new driver administrator restart
no problemsss
   
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Default 04-05-2013, 23:18 | posts: 170 | Location: UK

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hello everyone i have been doing clean install everytime i download a new driver i select custom and tick clean install and thats it.

But does the clean install really remove all the left over of previous drivers?.

Should i use any other cleaning software to remove the left overs before i install new drivers?.

I remember when i used driver sweeper once on windows 8 and it screwed up my nvidia installer caused nvidia installer failed everytime i try to install any driver.

Will the left over files affect the performance of new drivers?.
"But does the clean install really remove all the left over of previous drivers?"
Yes, whatever is left over gets overwritten with new driver.

"I remember when i used driver sweeper once on windows 8 and it screwed up my nvidia installer caused nvidia installer failed everytime i try to install any driver"
No need, creates more problems than it fixes.


Run nVidia installer as admin, custom install, clean install, restart, Done.
Simple.

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Default 04-06-2013, 00:58 | posts: 16,953 | Location: US East Coast

If I'm doing a clean install....I just run the installer as admin and select the clean install option.

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I dont know how it worked for you but when i used driver fusion and cleaned nvidia driver i was unable to install any nvidia driver it always says nvidia installer failed.

So i had to format and reinstall my windows 8 again just cause of using the cleaner.

From then on i never tried using driver fusion again for cleaning nvidia drivers now i just run the nvidia installer then custom then clean install.
Ditto....


   
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Default 04-06-2013, 02:20 | posts: 78 | Location: USA

Just like many people here, if I really need to do a clean install I just tick that option. I have never had problems with drivers honestly. I always install over old versions for the most part. Don't even need to restart the computer these days for some driver installs.

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Default 04-06-2013, 03:05 | posts: 286

Some of you people make it sound like "Clean Install" option actually does something to clean (like completely remove old driver leftovers etc).

It's my understanding that "Clean Install" option is for resetting game profiles to NVIDIA's default. (You can always backup/restore entire game profile settings using NVIDIA Inspector).
If I'm not mistaken, "Clean Install" does not completely remove old residue from drivers. Whether this leftovers (registry & files) from old drivers affect performance (and/or stability) is different topic.

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Default 04-06-2013, 03:43 | posts: 170 | Location: UK

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Some of you people make it sound like "Clean Install" option actually does something to clean (like completely remove old driver leftovers etc).

It's my understanding that "Clean Install" option is for resetting game profiles to NVIDIA's default. (You can always backup/restore entire game profile settings using NVIDIA Inspector).
If I'm not mistaken, "Clean Install" does not completely remove old residue from drivers. Whether this leftovers (registry & files) from old drivers affect performance (and/or stability) is different topic.
The clean install is not just for game profiles and does in fact remove the previous driver.
Any files/reg that remain are replaced with the new driver.

The question was asked in the old nVidia forums when the new installer first appeared and was confirmed by nVidia rep.

If you want to see for yourself then check your C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository after a clean install and you will find only the latest driver. (this is just a quick example)

Maybe a rep from nvidia will confirm it again if you want to ask them as the old nvidia forums no longer exist to show you the exact post.
   
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Default 04-06-2013, 06:27 | posts: 59 | Location: UK

I uninstall, then pick through the registry and delete every reference (gotta be careful, but I have been doing it for years, not missed a beat yet) boot into 'safe mode' and delete all Nvidia directories that are locked, reboot, install new drivers

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Default 04-06-2013, 10:45 | posts: 160

there is no need to do a clean install anymore. nvidia isnt as bad as 10 years ago with drivers left over.

you can install and simply reset all settings
   
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