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Should I reinstall Windows when switching from nVidia to ATi?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Péter Bártfai, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Péter Bártfai

    Péter Bártfai

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    I'll replace my 7600GS with a Radeon HD5570. I've read a couple of forums where they told that simply uninstalling the nVidia drivers might not be enough and can cause problems. So is it really recommended to reinstall Windows when making a switch like this?
     
  2. Lars Brugman

    Lars Brugman

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    What windows do you have?
     
  3. Péter Bártfai

    Péter Bártfai

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    XP Home (32 bit)
     
  4. Lars Brugman

    Lars Brugman

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    I can't help you then sorry:(. I use win.7 so don't know what XP does.
     
  5. Jesper Taulborg

    Jesper Taulborg

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    Uninstall Nvidia drivers normally.
    Then run driver sweeper to clean the remaning files.

    Thats what I did when switching from Nvidia to AMD(ATI).
    I havent had any problems.
     
  6. Jim Cole

    Jim Cole
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    Having issues from uninstalling drivers is rare, but does happen due to poor software programming for the uninstall utility. Other than running Driver sweeper as Jesper suggested I would also run ccleaner to make sure that there are no other issues in the registry.
     
  7. Brian Hodgins

    Brian Hodgins

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    90% of driver issues can be avoided by uninstalling in safe mode. Your system will be using a generic VGA driver, so a normal uninstall will have a better chance of getting everything. Using a driver cleaner app is not a bad idea either, also in safe mode :)
     
  8. Péter Bártfai

    Péter Bártfai

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    Thank you guys for the help, I have installed the card yesterday, works like a charm:)