How to uninstall old GPU (graphics) drivers – the easy guide

We show you how to uninstall old GPUs and graphics driver in two easy methods

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There is nothing quite like the excitement of purchasing your first GPU or upgrading to a more powerful one, especially for gamers and creative professionals. However, before installing that new graphics card, it’s crucial to uninstall the old GPU and graphics driver properly. Failure to do so can lead to compatibility issues, instability, and a worst-case scenario – decreased overall performance. We would hate to have to restart your PC setup from scratch, so let’s uninstall the old GPU drivers first before we have any more horror stories.

New to using GPUs? We have a wide range of articles explaining everything there is to know about graphics drivers, including the difference between a GPU and a processor and how to update Nvidia graphics drivers. First of all, let’s learn how to uninstall old GPUs, shall we?

How to uninstall old GPU and graphics drivers

There are currently two ways to uninstall an old GPU and graphics driver. Firstly, you can do so from the ‘Device Manager’, and secondly by using Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU). Let’s go through both the methods. Both methods are compatible with old Nvidia drivers and AMD.

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How to uninstall old GPU and graphics drivers from the Device Manager

You can access the GPU drivers and uninstall them from the Device Manager. Below are the steps needed to follow this process.

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Open ‘Device Manager’

Now, there are multiple ways to open the Windows ‘Device Manager’. Firstly, click the ‘Start’ button or search in the taskbar to find and access ‘Device Manager’.

Secondly, you can use the Run dialog. Simply click Windows + R on your system to open the Run dialog. Next, type “devmgmt.msc” in the text box and hit the ‘Ok’ button.

Lastly, you can find ‘Device Manager’ from the ‘Control Panel’. Navigate to ‘Control Panel’ > ‘System and Security’ > ‘Device Manager ‘(it will be under the ‘System’ category).

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Select the ‘Display adapters’ option

Once in the ‘Device Manager’, you will find different options.

Find and click on the ‘Display drivers option’. This option will show you all the drivers currently installed on your system.

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Double-click on the GPU drivers you want to uninstall

If there are multiple GPU drivers installed, find the one you want to uninstall and double-click on it. This will open a new properties window with all the details and settings options for the GPU driver you selected.

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Go to the ‘Driver’ tab

The window opened after double-clicking the GPU driver will be in the ‘General’ tab. Proceed to the second tab (the ‘Driver’ tab).

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Click the ‘Uninstall Device’ button

In the ‘Driver’ tab, you will find a button towards the end of the settings window with the text ‘Uninstall Device’. Click the button to start uninstallation.

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Confirm uninstallation

The last step is to confirm uninstallation.

When you hit the ‘Uninstall Device’ button, you will see a popup confirmation message. It will ask you to confirm if you want to go ahead and uninstall the GPU driver. Simply check the checkmark box and hit the ‘Uninstall’ button.

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Follow steps closely

We know it is easy to skip ahead and miss certain steps, but we recommened moving through this guide methodically and slowly. Missing a step could cause damage to your device or result in failing the process.

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How to uninstall old GPU and graphics drivers using Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU)

Another way to uninstall old GPU and graphics drivers before installing new GPU drivers is by using DDU.

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Download the DDU

You can download the DDU from the Wagnardsoft website. You can download the latest version from the website. It will be in a zip format, so you will have to extract it to your desired location/folder.

 

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Launch the DDU

Launch the file Display Driver Uninstaller.exe

After downloading and extracting DDU, launch it. The program might ask you to uninstall the GPU drivers in the Safe Mode. You can either ignore it and proceed with the next step or launch Windows in the Safe Mode.

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Uncheck ‘Advanced Options’

Launching the DDU for the first time will open the Options settings. Uncheck the ‘Advanced Options’.

You can also check or uncheck other settings based on your preferences.

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Select GPU

Once the settings are done, select GPU from the device type menu on the right-hand side of the screen. Then, on the next menu, select the GPU device you have installed: Nvidia, AMD, or Intel.

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Select the ‘Clean and Shutdown’

Lastly, select the ‘Clean and Shutdown’ option to uninstall old GPU and graphics drivers.

Do you need to uninstall your GPU before installing a new one?

In simple terms, yes. This is a valid warning for those looking to install new GPUs and graphics drivers. Uninstalling your old graphics drivers is a wise move to make as it avoids further driver conflicts with a new card installed. Furthermore, it is likely your new drivers will not work properly due to the existence of old drivers in the device. For more helpful tips, be sure to follow our guide on how to install a graphics card when proceeding further.

Can you safely remove a GPU from your device?

Yes, it is possible to safely remove your GPU or graphics card from your computer. Firstly, you will need to acquire an antistatic wrist strap to not damage the remaining components in the device. You can place the PC on its back panel so that the GPU is facing upwards. Unscrew the screws on the PCIe bracket, and then push down the PCIe lock and then pull the card out. Make sure the uninstallation process is complete before proceeding with this process. If you are unsure about the process, head over to the manufacturer’s site (i.e. Nvidia’s website) or any reputable site.

Final thoughts

Learning how to Uninstall an old GPU and graphics driver is crucial in upgrading your system with the latest drivers. Following this step-by-step guide ensures a smooth transition to your new GPU. It minimizes the risk of compatibility issues and system instability. Remember to exercise caution during the uninstallation process and always refer to the official documentation provided by the GPU manufacturer for specific instructions related to your hardware.