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Guide to fully removing ATI drivers

Discussion in 'Videocards - AMD Radeon Drivers Section' started by Ghosty, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. Ghosty

    Ghosty Ancient Guru

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    Guide to fully removing ATI/AMD drivers

    1. Go to Add/Remove Programs

    2. Uninstall the Catalyst Install manager (Express Uninstall)

    3. Reboot the computer and log back into windows as normal

    4. Go to folder options and select “show hidden files and folders”

    The next part of the guide will remove all ATi/AMD files and folders from the computer.

    5. Go to your C drive and remove the “AMD” folder

    6. Double click the “Program Data” folder (Normally hidden) and remove all ATi/AMD folders

    7. Go back to C and double click “Program Files” and remove all ATi/AMD folders

    8. Go back to C and double click “Program Files (x86)” and remove all ATi/AMD folders

    9. Go back to C and double click “Users”

    10. Access the name of your windows profile and double click “AppData” (Normally hidden)

    11. Check the “Local”, “LocalLow” and “Roaming” folders for any ATi/AMD folders and remove them.

    12. Go back to “Users” and check the “Default” folder (Normally hidden)

    13. Double click “AppData” (Normally hidden)

    14. Check the “Local” and “Roaming” folders for any ATi/AMD folders and remove them.

    The next part of the guide will remove registry entries left by the AMD drivers.
    15. Close everything down and go back to your desktop

    16. Click start, then type “regedit”.

    17. Click “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” and extend the folder

    18. Click “Software” and extend the folder

    19. Remove all AMD and ATi Folders

    20. Click “Wow6432Node” and extend the folder (Within the software folder)

    21. Remove the “AMD” folder

    22. Click “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” and extend the folder

    23. Click “SOFTWARE” and extend the folder

    24. Remove all AMD and ATi Folders

    25. Click “Wow6432Node” and extend the folder

    26. Remove all AMD and ATi Folders

    27. Click “HKEY_USERS” and extend the folder

    28. Click “.DEFAULT” and extend the folder

    29. Click “Software” and extend the folder

    30. Remove all AMD and ATi folders

    31. Click “S-1-5-18” and extend the folder

    32. Click “Software” and extend the folder

    33. Remove all AMD and ATi folders

    34. Click “S-1-5-21-1632250243-966907716-928185508-1000” and extend the folder

    35. Click “Software” and extend the folder

    36. Remove all AMD and ATi Folders

    37. Close down regedit and empty your recycle bin

    38. Undo the folder options change to hide the hidden folders

    39. Reboot

    40. Install your AMD/Nvidia drivers and reboot

    (Remember, if you look in some of the folders mentioned in this guide but don’t have any AMD/ATi folders, just move to the next appropriate step. This means the uninstall option has removed such files for you. But as we know, the uninstaller still leaves a lot of things behind) Do at your own risk.
     
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  2. popeye

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    You have too much time on your hands. :)
     
  3. Ghosty

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    Also show how rubbish the registry is at removing files when programs are no longer installed.
     
  4. AmiloMan

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    Nice post, guys can finally see how much work it is to clean out driver installs manually.
    This ought to be a thorough clean for sure.

    Cheers mate.
     

  5. yasamoka

    yasamoka Ancient Guru

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    Nice information. Thanks for taking the time to post this!
     
  6. Molle Maar

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    This way works for me:

    1. Uninstall CCC,
    2. Check that registry locations are empty:
    a. HKCU/Software/ATI/ACE
    b. HKLM/Software/ATI/ACE
    3. Check that (Program Files folder )/ATI Technologies/ATI.ACE is empty
    4. Check (Windows folder)/Assembly folder to see if there's any files with Public Key Token of "90ba9c70f846762e" (Sort by Public key token to get a easier view). All these tokens should be uninstalled by right clicking and uninstalling.
    5. Check that (Document and Settings)/(User)/AppData/Local/ATI/ACE is empty
    6. Reinstall CCC
     
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  8. sirDaniel

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    Not sure if this tool delete AMD/ATI folders with keys in registry, last time i tried it did not delete.
     
  9. BenYeeHua

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    As I can remember, it did delete.
    If you need confirm from dev, then you can ask him in that thread. :)
     
  10. dmatthewstewart

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    Is this still applicable in 2015? I have to switch from an AMD mobo to Intel. I was going to create a test Windows 8.1 hard drive with a spare I had sitting around (just to test and make sure mobo, cpu, and RAM are properly working). But of course that method isnt working now (I think MS caught on about bypassing key). So now I either have to reinstall on my main drive just to test or uninstall all AMD drivers and keep my fingers crossed. I wish IBT could be run from a bootable ISO. Then I wouldnt care and wouldnt really have a dilemma. If I drive wipe and there is something wrong with hardware I then lose everything and have to reinstall the AMD drivers. I guess I can clone my drive with Acronis so the reinstall would be easy. I jsut wish there was an ISO OS that just had all the necessary tools. UBCD has a few cpu stress tests but Id rather be running IBT vs mprime, cpustress, stress, et al.
     

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    Ok. Thanks for the reply. I have DDU and I use it pretty frequently. But what about chipset drivers, NIC drivers, audio drivers, SATA drivers, etc. And what about the southbridge? I thought there were drivers controlling that as well. And for some reason I thought, and IIRC, all of the other drivers were still on my system after running DDU (and then doing manual reg cleanup later) Am I wrong about this? The last few times I ran DDU I didnt look for the additional drivers but I had in the past when I swapped one AMD mobo for another. basically I was going from 970 chipset to 990 and wanted to make it as smooth as possible. But at that time every other driver except graphic driver was on the system after DDU
     
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    If you're switching motherboards to a completely different chipset, you'll need to reinstall windows, not remove all drivers

    Anyway, this is the AMD drivers section, need to make a new thread in the hardware section if it's about switching mobos :)
     
  14. dmatthewstewart

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    Thanks. I know Im eventually going to have to reinstall the OS. But Im trying to just test the hardware first before wiping everything. If I wipe, reinstall, and something in the hardware doesnt work, I'll be starting over again from scratch on the old system.

    If I need more feedback in regards to processes for swapping I will start another thread. Im still trying to figure out if DDU actually removes all of the AMD drivers and not just the graphical drivers. Im hoping someone knows off the top of their head without having to spend any time testing it. I can do that myself later if no one knows.
     
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    DDU remove the Graphical driver and the other drivers and its software associated with it (like the Audio driver of the videocard, some system audio bus related to the GPU)

    CCC / Crimson is removed.

    It wont remove ALL AMD stuff (like motherboard chipset / Sata).

    DDU is for DISPLAYdriver uninstaller.
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2015

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