Definitive Guide to Uninstalling ATI Driver files.

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  1. TwL

    TwL Ancient Guru

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    actually it can, as said on first post it needs to be ran twice.

    Right after uninstall first time > and after the reboot second time > exactly because there will be locked files by DWM or other windows relayed applications as long they load themself to the 'Standard VGA Graphics Adapter'.

    As for the modded catalyst. Well, at least it's an decent driver straight from the install unlike last 3 official driver series.
     
  2. crushilista

    crushilista Ancient Guru

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    Well that's the thing though friend, the bluescreen happens on reboot, therefore you can't get all the files that stop it from happening.
     
  3. TwL

    TwL Ancient Guru

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    Nope,

    those left behind are only DLL files. They are not loaded nor searched in restart of the system. the driver registry, service registry & files are removed correctly of those normally loading by ATI drivers.

    Just make sure there is 'Standard VGA Graphics Adapter' in your 'Device Manager' BEFORE you reboot to make sure that detection of new hardware doesn't happen in the reboot. (scan for new devices on 'device manager', if there is not)
     
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  4. sdamaged99

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    Or simply do what ATi recommend you do, install the newer drivers over the top. Job done.

    Never had a problem.
     

  5. TwL

    TwL Ancient Guru

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    yeah, and when you uninstall you have all ATI crap in box by knowing ATI their installer is so crappy only god knows does it even overwrite files always properly.
     
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    WhiteLightning Don Illuminati Staff Member

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  7. B0GiE-uk-

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    Kinda gone off topic on this thread. Anyone suggest any other steps for the manual way uninstall guide on the 1st post?!
     
  8. kapu

    kapu Ancient Guru

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    Thanks for your effort but i think your guide is almost completely useless.

    It will rather do more damage than good.


    99.9% of time you just need to use control panel and standard uninstall.
     
  9. TwL

    TwL Ancient Guru

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    @B0GiE-uk-

    Hmm, just finished last build of simply batch to get rid of crap. It still needs to be run twice 'after ATI Catalyst normal uninstall before you reboot' 1 time & 'after reboot' 1 time.

    Code:
    @echo off
    echo -------------------------------------------------------
    echo Please make sure that you have UNINSTALLED all ATI
    echo drivers and software through windows at programs and
    echo features before continuing further.
    echo -------------------------------------------------------
    pause
    @cls
    taskkill /F /IM atiesrxx.exe
    timeout /t 5
    echo -------------------------------------------------------
    echo Cleaning registry
    echo -------------------------------------------------------
    REG DELETE "HKCU\Software\ATI" /f
    REG DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\ATI" /f
    REG DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\ATI Technologies" /f
    REG DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\ATI" /f
    REG DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\ATI Technologies" /f
    REG DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\AMD" /f
    REG DELETE "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\AMD External Events Utility" /f
    REG DELETE "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\amdkmdag" /f
    REG DELETE "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\amdkmdap" /f
    REG DELETE "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Atierecord" /f
    REG DELETE "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\AtiHdmiService" /f
    echo -------------------------------------------------------
    echo Cleaning Files
    echo -------------------------------------------------------
    del "%windir%\system32\ati*.*"
    del "%windir%\system32\drivers\ati*.*"
    del "%windir%\ati*.*"
    del "%windir%\sysWOW64\ati*.*"
    rmdir /S /Q "%APPDATA%\ATI"
    rmdir /S /Q "%LOCALAPPDATA%\ATI"
    echo -------------------------------------------------------
    echo Please remove this/these folders manually. You need to
    echo take ownership of the folders before removal is possible
    echo command is takeown /f <directory> /R
    echo folders are printed if found below line after this
    echo message
    echo -------------------------------------------------------
    dir /b "%windir%\system32\drivers\DriverStore\FileRepository\C7_*.*"
    dir /b "%windir%\system32\drivers\DriverStore\FileRepository\CH_*.*"
    echo -------------------------------------------------------
    echo Also clean these registry paths between lines after this
    echo message on second run of this tool note that the { } are
    echo the ones to remove not only the last 'video' path.
    echo -------------------------------------------------------
    REG QUERY HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Video /f "amdkmdap" /s
    echo -------------------------------------------------------
    echo cleaner complete please reboot your system and run this
    echo file again unless doing so atm and then reinstall ATI drivers.
    echo -------------------------------------------------------
    pause
    the 'echo Please remove this/these folders manually. You need to'-part tells you which of Microsoft driver backup has stored in your system even while you unistalled driver to clean it out.
    the 'echo Also clean these registry paths between lines after this'-part tells you which of video registers can be cleaned out/removed.
     
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  10. B0GiE-uk-

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    Cool, i'll keep an eye on your thread for updates.

    :bang:

    Well this is for the 00.1% of the time that it doesn't work and the standard uninstall procedure messes up and people can't get get new drivers installed.
    That is why I wrote it as a lot of people have get problems with catalyst drivers.
     
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  11. hallryu

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    Well, apart from one line near the bottom of your OP, this is not exactly clear. I wouldn't get that from the thread title either.
     
  12. crushilista

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    You shouldn't disregard this really. This is the fix for the 10.5 bluescreen problem that I, and two other gurus, have had to deal with.
     
  13. B0GiE-uk-

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    Thank you, someone at last appreciates the guide.
     
  14. poppy10

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    LOL, your guide is ridiculous. Running ccleaner three times? How about saying 57 hail marys and spinning around 10 times? It makes as much logical sense.
     
  15. 01 Vlatce

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    It's hard? :bang:
     

  16. Sevenz

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    You should always run a registry cleaner more than once. In fact, you run it until nothing shows up. That's because when you delete certain keys it exposes other file associations the cleaner was previously unable to diagnose. Usually three times in a row gets them all. Then a reboot might allow you to find a few more.

    However there are some keys that will always show up after a reboot and they can be left.
     
  17. crushilista

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    Usually I make sure I say at least 4 hail marys.
     
  18. GaBBa-Gandalf

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    The worst thing of all is why ati/amd`s deinstaller can't remove everything ... I mean thats ridiculous!
     
  19. GenClaymore

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    Yea I know, There was times files was still there, even on reboot. I know when I had 10.5 issues that was the case for me. First time I had to format when it happened. As I had slow performance even when going back to drivers that worked better and was faster before hand.

    Then i made a system restore point just incase stuff like this happened. Some silly reason when you uninstall drivers even after a reboot, the ati driver doesnt want to get off. So I usually after I uninstall them i reboot into safe mode and run a cleaner. and most times stuff be there when they shouldnt and removes whatever is left. Then I run it again when I boot up before I install the drivers. Just to make sure.

    But yea I always uninstall drivers instead of installing over as every time I do i get funny issues. This a good guide and I see nothing wrong with the guide. Tho generaly do it the way I mention.

    IF this fix people issues that are having it then I see nothing wrong with those people using them. Those that not having any issues shouldnt bash what other people do to fix there issues if it works for them. No matter what you will always get people bashing you reguardless.
     
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  20. 01 Vlatce

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    Good remark.
     

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