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Default Display Driver Uninstaller Thread - 07-14-2013, 13:20 | posts: 1,455 | Location: Laval (Qc) , Canada

Driver Uninstaller (DDU) / Cleaner made for Display Drivers.(NVIDIA/AMD)

Display Driver Uninstaller 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).

The AMD/NVIDIA video drivers can normally be uninstalled from the Windows Control panel, this driver uninstaller program was designed to be used in cases where the standard driver uninstall fails, or anyway when you need to thoroughly delete NVIDIA and ATI video card drivers.

The current effect after you use this driver removal tool will be similar as if its the first time you install a new driver just like a fresh, clean install of Windows. As with any tool of this kind, we recommend creating a new system restore point before using it, so that you can revert your system at any time if you run into problems.

This tool act similar to what Driver sweeper do + the extra mentioned above.

If you have problem installing older driver or newer one, give it a try as there are some reports that it fix thoses problems.


RECOMMENDED USAGE :

-The tool can be used in Normal mode but for absolute stability when using DDU, Safemode is always the best and using the button (Clean+restart) are the recommended options.

-You do NOT need to uninstall the driver before using DDU.

- I would like to gather feedback from you guys. Tell me if it was success or not.
make a backup or a system restore point , DDU should be considered Beta or experimental.

-For people with driver problem, if this tool gave you any success into fixing some issues your are currently experiencing, please share your result.


Keep note that NVIDIA/AMD did not have anything to do with this, I do not work at or for NVIDIA/AMD and they should not be held responsible for anything that may go wrong with this application.




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NOTE: .NET framework 2.0 Minimum Required.


Windows XP up to 8.1 is supported X86/X64 (not sure for WinXP x64)

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Official DDU Download Website:Download Here

Official DDU Guru3D Download Mirror: Download here

Earlier version here

SOURCE : google code

Code:
Display Driver Uninstaller 12.9.0 (06-01-2014)

Changelog:
-DDU now run as a System process to avoid permission issues and also avoid having to change itself permission on the system.
-Updates to nVidia and Intel CleanUP
-Worked a bit the messages-box on start-up
-Updates to nVidia and Intel CleanUP
-Language update : Korean (Contributor: 4Li)
-Several little fixes on the code.

Release 9.2
Changelog:

-Shadowplay support

-Remove AMD eventviewer stuff.

-Packages are now remove from non standart folders (AMD CCC in 13.11B6 for example)

-Some improvement to the auto update notification features. (it now check my server and guru3d server too)

-Update to the English language, added Italian language (Credits weah), German (Credits Have Heart), Polish (Credits freeman94)

-Fixed Nvidia demo that were also remove by DDU

Release 9.0

-Multi-Language support : English, French, Spanish (credits MerolaC), Duch (credits Elite3540), Portuguese (credits DiRgE), Chineses (Credits BenYeeHua)

-Fix Nvidia environement Path cleanup

-Replaced some contains with startswith where it make sense.

-Some speed up in regcleaing with he .cfg files

-Updated and added aditional files to the configs file

-Support cleaning of the announced ShadowPlay when its released.

-Updated devcon

Release 8.0

-Added driverfiles.cfg : Is meant for the removal of driver files from
Windows\System32\drivers \System32 \SysWOW64 and the registry location of
(pnplockdownfiles)
So this is not hard-coded anymore.

-Do not disable hardware before remove. (not needed anymore and cause problem
for old o.s anyway)

-Windows vista does not required to have the internet disconnected anymore.

Release 7.8.2

More AMD Fuel Stuff.

Release 7.8.1

-Remove AMD Fuel Service
-Fix possible application Hang/Deadlock.

Release 7.8

-Disabling the Internet Connection is not required anymore for win7+
-More CleanUP for NVIDIA ( Your Ccleaner / Driver sweeper should not have much left if any)
-Some more CleanUP for AMD

Release 7.7.1

Is only a minor fix to remove the listed Application profile from (Programs and features)

Release 7.7

-Clean a lot more AMD left over.
(not much stuff releated to AMD should be left in Ccleaner / driver sweeper now)

Release 7.6.1
-Fixes to the auto-notification when no Internet connection or while using a higher version.
-Some generals fix to waitonexit to avoid possible deadlock / hang.
-Fix NVIDIA Virtual Audio Device (Wave Extensible) (WDM) removal
-Fixes to finding if oemxx.inf can be force to removal or not.

Release 7.6

-Added a workaround to fix laptop that will have a yellow mark after removal on their intel PCI-E root port.

-Many small fix here and there.

-Log has more details for the devs.

-Fix 3dVision usb driver removal didnt work correctly before.

Release 7.3.2

Reworked the "find oemxx.inf logic." (DDU could have missed some oemxx.inf before)

Release 7.3

-More success on the removal of the KERNEL_DRIVER services.
-Some fixes for nvidia CLSID/AppID removal. (registry clean UP)

Release 7.2
-Fixed a bug that could prevent the driver store to be cleaned.

Release 7.1

-DDU now disable devices before removing them (help on multitude of things)
-More logs on the .log
-Gui log is more user friendly.
-Also remove Monitor and hidden monitors (some system have more than 100. A new monitor is installed after each driver update for those who didn't know)
-Thanks for the 2 users who donated, its appreciated.

Release 7.0

-Improved the cleaning of DCOM/CLSID/TypeLIB/AppID (Nvidia only)
-Removing the hidden drivers services correctly (not like other cleaner I wont name here)
-Some crash fixes.


Release 6.3

- Main UI redesign (there will still be work on this)
- Hopefully fixed a bug that prevented the removal of some device.
- The question mark (top right), now have direct link to the most Popular DDU thread (2x guru + 1 on Geforce official forums)
- Some more cleanUP related to Physx.

Release 6.1
-Fix for a crash when encountering a empty driver store
-More cleanup and chance to fix people with newer / older driver installation issue.(this is in constant developement as it take time to find every information I need to make it close perfect.)


Release V6.0

-The cleaner remove further OEMX.XXX information from the registry and by so *should* fix new driver installation problem people had because of System BSOD(not caused by DDU) , hard shutdown etc.. while installing / uninstalling drivers with the nvidia or AMD installer.

-Add an extra check to be sure that all GPU are removed. (for multiple and with hidden GPU users)

-More Reg-CleanUP of stuff I forgotten or found.

-fix for some users who see a crash with a byte() --> string()
conversion error.

5.1.1 Released
-Fix a crash for those with Binary keyvalue in registry

5.1 Released

-MultiThreading (faster in some case) + the gui is a lot more responsive now
-Tick box to allow or not to remove PhysX
-Fixed a few more potential null exception
-more PhysX cleanUP
-More package cleanup that were not remove ( a bug). Thanks to Dellon for that

Release 5.0 !
Changelog
-Remove also Hidden drivers !! This will help clean further the Driver store. (less fail to remove oemxx.inf)
-Fixed other potential Null exception Crash

Release 4.3.3

Changelog
-Fixed a lot of Potential Null exception Crash with the RegCleanUP
-Included a .config file that is needed for the application to choose the correct .net version

4.3 Released
Changes
-OEMxxx.inf should be detected more accurately now.

4.2 Released
Changes:
-If .NET 3.x is not detected, .NET 4.x will be use . (in other term 3.5 is not "REQUIRED" anymore)
-Auto detection of the GPU and select automatically the appropriate option in DDU AMD/ NVIDIA

4.1 Released
Changes:
-Log is now enabled by default. It can still be changed
-Resolve a possible hang when cleaning c:\nvidia or c:\amd. This bug would also have prevented the system from restarting.
USEFUL TIP:

To solve the infinite boot loop issue that some users are having, you must boot with the DVD/USB (Windows installation disk) in recovery with Command prompt and type :

Option 1 (recommended) : bcdedit /deletevalue {default} safeboot

If option 1 is not working,

Option 2 : bootrec /rebuildbcd

There may need to be some adjustement if you have a dualboot system. but if not , it should work correctly.

Note: This is not a DDU issue but an issue with your O.S not being able to go into safemode for some odd reasons...

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Default 07-14-2013, 13:38 | posts: 1,866

This Cleaner is a pretty good CleanUP Utility as it helps get rid of broken Entries listed in Device after a bad install or uninstall of a driver.

BTW, I noticed that the tool now does a full CleanUP of all installed packages.
Good Job.

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Default 07-14-2013, 13:56 | posts: 1,455 | Location: Laval (Qc) , Canada

Thanks for feedback.
After some good reports, Ill begin the files removing in windows directory.

Just want to make sure that what we have now is working correctly then I'll go to second phase.
   
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It's probably a good thing Hilbert reverted into a month-old backup; the earlier knee-jerk posts in OP's previous thread aren't here anymore.

I've yet to test this uninstaller/cleaner because I'm still waiting for a new Catalyst version to try out.
My laptop's HDD isn't exactly the spiffiest drive to handle restarts without having to take a toilet break in-between.




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I get this error when trying to uninstall Driver

Uninstalling AMD driver if found.
Deleting the specified driver package from the machine failed

because it is not an third-party package.
Removed AMD from the driver store.
Deleting the specified driver package from the machine failed

because it is not an third-party package.
Removed AMD from the driver store.


The installation for the driver is broken and cannot be uninstalled
by normal means.
   
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I get this error when trying to uninstall Driver

Uninstalling AMD driver if found.
Deleting the specified driver package from the machine failed

because it is not an third-party package.
Removed AMD from the driver store.
Deleting the specified driver package from the machine failed

because it is not an third-party package.
Removed AMD from the driver store.


The installation for the driver is broken and cannot be uninstalled
by normal means.
Is this the complete log?

just to be sure because i'm no English expert,(not my native language)
You are saying that it fail to uninstall this particular broken installation?

If so i have a solution I have posted today on svn. Ill compile it soon.

Here is 1.6.1

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Is this the complete log?

just to be sure because i'm no English expert,(not my native language)
You are saying that it fail to uninstall this particular broken installation?

If so i have a solution I have posted today on svn. Ill compile it soon.

Uninstalling AMD driver if found.
Deleting the specified driver package from the machine failed

because it is not an third-party package.
Removed AMD from the driver store.
Deleting the specified driver package from the machine failed

because it is not an third-party package.

Removed AMD from the driver store.
Driver package 'oem4.inf' deleted.
Removed AMD from the driver store.
Driver package 'oem5.inf' deleted.
Removed AMD from the driver store.
Cleaning process/services
Cleaning Directory
The process cannot access the file 'C:\Program Files (x86)\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static' because it is being used by another process.
Cleaning Regkeys
Scanning for new device...
Clean uninstall complete !


The Uninstaller also seems to also have a problem when uninstalling Catalyst Control Center. I will test again after you upload your next build

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I know what is causing The process cannot access the file 'C:\Program Files (x86)\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static' because it is being used by another process.

Explorer.exe simply hold a file. I have yet implemented a work around for it. SO for now just kill explorer.exe before starting the clean up. You should not see the problem again.

This problem seems to happens randomly. Sometime explorer hold the file, sometimes it doesnt. In a future build I will probably kill explorer.exe than Cleanip then restart explorer.exe

The first errors messages is not really an error. They are more informative and can be ignored. Its more debug messages... It wont uninstall a driver that came with windows and that is currently in-use.
But Ill still give it a look.

1.6.1 wont fix "the process cannot access the file ..." it will be in another build.

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I know what is causing The process cannot access the file 'C:\Program Files (x86)\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static' because it is being used by another process.

Explorer.exe simply hold a file. I have yet implemented a work around for it. SO for now just kill explorer.exe before starting the clean up. You should not see the problem again.
I think that's one of the reasons Atiman Uninstaller starts its cleaning routine before explorer.exe is being started after a restart, and prevents it to be started before the cleaning routine is finished.
Also, Atiman won't run until it can / you disable UAC.




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I think that's one of the reasons Atiman Uninstaller starts its cleaning routine before explorer.exe is being started after a restart, and prevents it to be started before the cleaning routine is finished.
Ill upload 1.6.2 in a few mins. It has the Kill explorer.exe and restart.


EDIT: First post Updated with 1.6.2 (include the explorer.exe kill)

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Ill upload 1.6.2 in a few mins. It has the Kill explorer.exe and restart.
Great, one thing I like about this tool so far is that it does not require you to restart your PC. Unfortunately other cleaners such as Driver Sweeper and ATiman both require users to restart their PC.
   
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Great, one thing I like about this tool so far is that it does not require you to restart your PC. Unfortunately other cleaners such as Driver Sweeper and ATiman both require users to restart their PC.
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Link on first post updated.
Still can't get rid of the broken driver installed in Device Manager. Also the core static bug is still there. Apparently it's held by more than one process other than explorer.exe....
   
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Try to delete that folder manually. Sometime windows will tell you what holds it.
after the cleanup what do you see on device manager under display?

Even after cleanup you cant re-install a new driver version? it fail completely?

What happens if you try to delete it manually from device manager?

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Try to delete that folder manually. Sometime windows will tell you what holds it.
after the cleanup what do you see on device manager under display?

Even after cleanup you cant re-install a new driver version? it fail completely?

What happens if you try to delete it manually from device manager?
No, I could always install another driver. But I like keeping my OS clean so I don't like to see entries left over in device manager from the previous driver. Iv'e been looking for a tool that could get rid of those entries but I have yet to find one. I took a look at some other folders listed and found that there are some packages that does not get uninstalled.
   
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What does the entry look like?

The hardware IDs could be usefull too ( something like \ven_1002&.....)
You can see it with device manager under the Details tab of your device.

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What does the entry look like?
It looks like any normal installed display driver entry. However when trying to install the driver it fails with the following error.


Windows found driver software for your device but encountered an error while attempting to install it.

ATI Radeon HD 5570

System cannot find file specified.



Oh just so you know I'm unable to look at the Id's or perform an Uninstall because the driver does not install. The installation is broken....

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installation with AMD catalyst or the detection after the removal?

If its with catalyst after you cleanup with my tool, try a reboot. and then reinstall it.

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installation with AMD catalyst or the detection after the removal?

If its with catalyst after you cleanup with my tool, try a reboot. and then reinstall it.
Actually I already did try rebooting and also even entered safe mode to try uninstalling. But my efforts were all unsuccessful. BTW this is not the first time I experienced the device manager bug it happened a few times before. To get rid of it I ended up re-installing my OS whenever the device manager bug showed up or waited until a few more Display Drivers became broken and could not be uninstalled by normal means.

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Just to be sure, you can have a working driver with updating the Amd catalyst driver. Its just failing to install the *default* driver after clean up?

Just to be sure my tool didn't mess your system...

From what you just edited, it seem you os or registry become corrupt overtime... Kinda weird.
   
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Just to be sure, you can have a working driver with updating the Amd catalyst driver. Its just failing to install the *default* driver after clean up?

Just to be sure my tool didn't mess your system...
I don't think so as I've experience the bug more than once. The normal display driver works fine and the driver I installed previously can also be re-installed however I can't uninstall a driver that's broken.
   
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Do you know when you start running my uninstaller, If the screen blink or if you can see in device manager that the *broken* device get actually remove and then get back? Or it just stay there?


Also if this is due to some sort of system corruption, even my tool would probably never be able to fix this as anything could have damage the driver.

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Do you know when you start running my uninstaller, If the screen blink or if you can see in device manager that the *broken* device get actually remove and then get back? Or it just stay there?


Also if this is due to some sort of system corruption, even my tool would probably never be able to fix this as anything could have damage the driver.
Nope it's not a System corruption as I am using a Fresh Version of Windows 8.
And yes when uninstalling a driver the OS does blink however it does not uninstall the broken driver. (it blinks for the Un-installation of another driver.
   
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Its maybe not system corruption but for sure something went wrong somewhere and since its not the first time its happening im wondering what it is.
So the driver is stuck in device manager... If you can find the Vend Id i told you earlier for this stuck driver Ill see if I can do something.

Just be sure too that the blink is not the kill of explorer.exe. It could look like as the display driver was removed.

Did you found also what keep hold on the file that couldn't be deleted earlier?

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Its maybe not system corruption but for sure something went wrong somewhere and since its not the first time its happening im wondering what it is.
So the driver is stuck in device manager... If you can find the Vend Id i told you earlier for this stuck driver Ill see if I can do something.

Just be sure too that the blink is not the kill of explorer.exe. It could look like as the display driver was removed.

Did you found also what keep hold on the file that couldn't be deleted earlier?
HydraVision to the files belonging to Hydravision...It's an AMD Package
The blink is due to the Un-installation of a Driver and the installation of another driver.
   
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