24 Hour Support DDU Guide

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Graphics Card/Video Card Driver Clean Install

This guide was last updated on: December 20th 2021

Why should I do DDU?

DDU clean installs GPU drivers to eliminate the possibility of any driver or software conflicts. It is not a long process (despite the length of this document), and can quickly eliminate potential issues you may be having with your graphics card.

Attempting to do this with the “clean install” option in the NVIDIA installer is not the same, as it does not thoroughly delete the graphic card (GPU) drivers and all NVIDIA software as DDU does. 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. 

What is DDU?

Display Driver Uninstaller is a driver removal utility that can help you completely uninstall AMD/Nvidia/Intel graphics card drivers and packages from your system, trying to remove all leftovers (including registry keys, folders and files, driver store). 

The AMD/Nvidia/Intel video drivers can normally be uninstalled from the Windows Control panel or select the "clean install" option during installation, this driver uninstaller program was designed to be used when you need to thoroughly delete video card drivers and their related software. 

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. 

The built in "clean install" functionality of the driver is NOT an alternative to DDU. DDU removes EVERYTHING related to the driver, and allows you to do a clean install properly. This will remove ANYTHING related to the driver (like GeForce Experience, AMD ReLive, etc)

Making a local account

Under specific circumstances you may not be able to login to your user account when booted into safe mode, resulting in a loop where you cannot exit safe mode due to not being able to login to exit, not even being able to enter recovery mode, to prevent this you should take 2 minutes to create a local microsoft account that is not linked to any Microsoft account. This is purely here just in case you cannot login to your main account in safe mode. If you can login to your main account when in safe mode then use it. Regardless if you end up using this secondary account or not, you can delete it after you finish doing DDU and out of safe mode.

1.Go to the bottom left, open start menu and open settings.

2.Open Accounts

Prerequisites:

FIRST PREREQUISITE: 

  1. Download latest version of your GPU driver: 

WE PROVIDE THE DRIVER DOWNLOADS FOR YOU BELOW! DO NOT LOOK FOR THE DRIVER YOURSELF!!! Scroll down and you’ll see.

Save it to a place you’ll remember like your desktop. We explain this more further down.

DO NOT RUN THIS EXECUTABLE UNTIL YOU ARE TOLD TO. I REPEAT DO NOT RUN THIS EXECUTABLE UNTIL YOU ARE TOLD TO.

I REPEAT. YOU DOWNLOAD THIS BUT YOU DO NOT RUN IT. IF YOU RUN IT BY ACCIDENT, SIMPLY EXIT OUT OF IT WITHOUT GOING THROUGH IT.

THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DOWNLOADING SOMETHING AND RUNNING SOMETHING. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME THING! DOWNLOADING MEANS YOU SIMPLY HAVE IT RESTING ON YOUR COMPUTER WITHOUT IT RUNNING! 

Scroll down and you’ll see the driver download links we provide.

CPU manufacturer does not matter. This is for your GPU, not your CPU.

If you have an Nvidia GPU: 

NVIDIA official site: https://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/497.29/497.29-desktop-win10-win11-64bit-international-dch-whql.exe

Backup link at Guru3D for Nvidia GPU: (ONLY use if the ABOVE doesn’t work or is slow, if the above works fine then download ONLY from the above, you DO NOT need to download from official site and Guru3D. ONLY ONE.): https://www.guru3d.com/files-get/geforce-497-29-whql-driver-download,1.html

If you have an Intel GPU: https://downloadmirror.intel.com/28425/a08/Intel-Driver-and-Support-Assistant-Installer.exe

If you have an AMD GPU: https://www.guru3d.com/files-get/amd-radeon-adrenalin-21-11-3-driver-download,1.html

DO NOT RUN OR OPEN THIS EXECUTABLE (WHAT THESE LINKS MAKE YOU DOWNLOAD) UNTIL YOU ARE TOLD TO. I REPEAT DO NOT RUN THIS EXECUTABLE UNTIL YOU ARE TOLD TO.

I REPEAT. YOU DOWNLOAD THIS BUT YOU DO NOT RUN IT. IF YOU RUN IT BY ACCIDENT, SIMPLY EXIT OUT OF IT WITHOUT GOING THROUGH IT. YOU WILL BE TOLD EXPLICITLY WHEN TO RUN IT. 

DO NOT RUN IT TILL THEN. READ THIS?? IT SAYS NOT TO RUN IT UNTIL YOU ARE TOLD TO! YOU DOWNLOAD IT BUT YOU DO NOT RUN IT.

Only download one, you do not need more than one. Grab the one only for the GPU you are having issues with. 

NOTE FOR LAPTOP USERS ONLY (keep reading.. It’s right below):

If you have a laptop and have an iGPU and a dGPU, grab the driver for your dGPU (your dedicated GPU, not the one included in your CPU). If you do not have a dedicated GPU, then grab the one for your iGPU (same manufacturer as your CPU above). (Scroll down if you are confused)

For example: If your laptop has an Nvidia GPU, you grab the Nvidia  driver. If your laptop has an AMD GPU, you grab the AMD driver.

If your laptop only has a CPU but not a dedicated GPU, then you grab the driver that is the one from your manufacturer of the CPU (so if you have an Intel CPU, you grab the Intel driver, and vice versa)

We provide the download links for all GPU drivers above, please grab them from there instead of looking for them yourself.

Note that you shouldn’t buy gaming laptops. They are a terrible investment both in the short and especially long term, read this for more information on why you shouldn’t buy them and for alternatives: https://www.reddit.com/r/24hoursupport/wiki/thingstoconsiderlaptop

Where do I download the driver?

Keep reading.. More down below

I repeat AGAIN. DO NOT DOWNLOAD TO ANY DIRECTORY CONTAINED IN ONEDRIVE. 

GOING TO SAY IT AGAIN. DO NOT DOWNLOAD TO ANY DIRECTORY THAT IN ONEDRIVE.

Downloading on your PC’s desktop folder is Ok!

Downloading on your OneDrive’s desktop folder is NOT OK!

Read the next two pages if you have a 600, 700, 800 or 900 series NVIDIA GPU. Also read this if you do not know what series your NVIDIA card is.

The first prerequisite concerning downloading your drivers assumes your NVIDIA GPU is supported by the latest driver. This however is not the case all the time, this will be further explained below.

Download GPU-Z: https://www.techpowerup.com/download/techpowerup-gpu-z/

Pick the server that says “closest to you”, once downloaded, open it.

Keep reading, further instructions down below.

In particular here we need to pay attention to the “GPU” box. 

The “x” means any number can occupy it. For example the photo above has G102, so it would be GA10x below.

? Means you can use the driver provided in prerequisite one. In other words, skip to the second prerequisite, as nothing special is needed.

? Means you must use the driver in the hyperlink next to it. After downloading this keep following this guide.

?Means you cannot safely use your GPU on Windows. Tell us you are on this and stop following this guide, we will guide you further on what to do.

For this example it’s GA10x.

If you see (LHR) in the GPU box ignore, it, stands for Low HashRate.

For Desktops

GA10x: ?

TU1xx:?

GP10x:?

GMxxx:?

GKxxx: ?  You must use this driver instead of the one provided above. After downloading this keep following this guide.

GF1xx: ? Tell us you have Fermi and stop following this guide.

For Laptops

GA10x: ?

TU1xx:?

GP10x:?

GMxxx:?

GKxxx: ? Tell us you have Mobile Kepler and stop following this guide.

GF1xx: ? Tell us you have Fermi and stop following this guide.

If you see a GPU code not mentioned here, please stop following this doc now and share with us your GPU-Z in a screenshot, asking that you're not sure if your GPU is supported.

SECOND PREREQUISITE: 

UNDO ANY AND ALL OVERCLOCK/UNDERVOLT. EVEN IF YOU DO NOT THINK IT IS CAUSING THE ISSUE SINCE IT WORKED FOR A LONG TIME, UNDO IT!!

If you don’t know what overclocking is or haven’t done it, skip to the third prerequisite. Overclocks that are applied from the factory (factory overclocked) don’t count. This is talking purely about overclocks you do manually yourself.

Common questions:

  1. I bought my GPU used so I don’t know if the previous owner overclocked

Overclocks don’t get applied at the GPU, but at the operating system. For example if you right now overclock your GPU, but then move the GPU over to another PC, it will not run overclocked on that other PC.

  1. I didn’t overclock but I see my CPU/GPU running at a higher speed?

This is called a boost clock, it’s not an overclock, it’s simply the CPU/GPU pushing itself when it can. It does not cause stability issues and won’t affect doing DDU.

  1. I overclocked/undervolted, how do I undo it?

This depends on the overclock you did. If you did it for the GPU, This overclock is usually done through software like MSI afterburner or EVGA Precision. Both these softwares have a reset to default button, MSI Afterburner depending on the theme is either a circular refresh icon in the middle or a button saying default. In EVGA precision it's a button called default in the bottom. If you're unsure of this you can just uninstall the software.

For the CPU or RAM, reset bios to default and/or Ryzen master if you did such overclock/undervolt/whatever, you want this running at stock. XMP is acceptable.

If you have overclocked anything (if you haven’t skip to the third prerequisite):

UNDO ANY AND ALL OVERCLOCK/UNDERVOLT. EVEN IF YOU DO NOT THINK IT IS CAUSING THE ISSUE SINCE IT WORKED FOR A LONG TIME, UNDO IT!!

Keep scrolling, further instructions.

THIRD PREREQUISITE: 

If you are on Windows 10 you follow this guide: Windows 10_DDU THIRD

^^^ THIS IS NOT OPTIONAL FOR WINDOWS 10.

If you are on Windows 11 you skip to the fourth prerequisite, ignoring the warning lights.

FOURTH PREREQUISITE: 

To prevent issues relating to Windows updates pushing an older driver after you do DDU, you should temporarily disable Windows updates while doing this.

Open your start menu’s search bar and look for “Windows Update settings” then open it.

Click the button to pause updates.


LAST PREREQUISITE: 

  1. Fifth and last prerequisite to following this guide is to download DDU preextracted for you here: 

https://www.wagnardsoft.com/DDU/download/DDU%20v18.0.4.6.exe

Save it to a place you’ll remember like your desktop that isn’t OneDrive.

THIS HAS TO BE STORED LOCALLY ON YOUR COMPUTER. DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT TO SOMEWHERE LIKE YOUR BLOODY GOOGLE DRIVE, ONE DRIVE, NAS, OR ANYTHING ELSE. IT HAS TO BE STORED LOCALLY ON THE MACHINE!!!

I REPEAT, FOR THE THIRD TIME. NONE OF THE FILES YOU ARE USING CAN BE STORED TO YOUR ONEDRIVE, GOOGLE DRIVE, OR ANY OTHER DAMN FOLDER IN THE CLOUD.

Save it to a place you’ll remember like your desktop that isn’t OneDrive.

THIS HAS TO BE STORED LOCALLY ON YOUR COMPUTER. DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT TO SOMEWHERE LIKE YOUR BLOODY GOOGLE DRIVE, ONE DRIVE, NAS, OR ANYTHING ELSE. IT HAS TO BE STORED LOCALLY ON THE MACHINE!!!

I repeat AGAIN. DO NOT DOWNLOAD TO ANY DIRECTORY CONTAINED IN ONEDRIVE. 

GOING TO SAY IT AGAIN. DO NOT DOWNLOAD TO ANY DIRECTORY THAT IN ONEDRIVE.

Downloading on your PC’s desktop folder is Ok!

Downloading on your OneDrive’s desktop folder is NOT OK!

Double click the .exe you downloaded from the above link for DDU in the last prerequisite above.

Press “Extract”

 After clicking extract you should have a DDU folder in the directory like the above photo shows. 

Right click the folder that was created.

Click properties

Make sure that nowhere under location it says OneDrive or Google Drive. If it does then please copy the folder to a place on your local drive, not on any cloud provider.

If you do not know how to save outside of OneDrive visit this doc (skipping the part on how to exit safe mode since you have yet to enter safe mode): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cSTdCEKvEfjmerHOwdKovHRvBVCG01_866WMacdoBAc/edit#

If it does not say OneDrive simply click the X on the top right and continue on.

DO NOT RUN THE .EXE OR ANYTHING IN THE FOLDER YET. A MESSAGE WILL COME UP WARNING YOU IF YOU RUN THE DDU .EXE THAT SAYS THE FOLLOWING: 

REPEAT: DO NOT RUN ANYTHING YOU HAVE DOWNLOADED YET. YOU WILL ONLY SEE THAT WARNING IF YOU DID NOT FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. IF YOU DO NOT SEE THAT WARNING THEN EVERYTHING IS OK!

Reminder of how Windows handles directories: A folder can be at the bottom of a directory, so if you don’t see the folder, scroll to the bottom or to the top. Folders don’t necessarily follow the alphabetical order of the rest of the directory. 

For example, if you have multiple files that start with Ds and you don’t see the DDU folder there but you see the DDU.exe there, then scroll to the bottom or to the top, chances are the folder will be there.

Keep scrolling.. More down below

Entering Safe mode

YOU MUST FOLLOW THIS TO

ENTER SAFE MODE.

IT IS NOT OPTIONAL.

Enabling Safe boot

  1. Search in your search bar “System Configuration”

  1. Open up “System Configuration”

  1. Go to the boot tab at the top

  2. Tick the “Safe boot” box under boot options.

  1. Now you should have Safe boot enabled with Minimal as the option underneath selected.

  1. Select OK

At this point, you may wanna switch to your phone to read the instructions, as applications and the internet may not work, so you will have issues reading the instructions on the computer past here. Make sure you have a device you can access the doc in before pressing restart!

  1. Click Restart to restart into safe mode

NOTE: Wallpaper and desktop will be black, and the resolution will be messed up, THIS IS NORMAL! JUST CONTINUE ON AND DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING! INTERNET WILL NOT WORK, COMPLETELY NORMAL!

  1. Once booted in you will be presented with your normal login screen (resolution may be a bit off, completely normal), you can attempt to login with your regular account, if it works then cool, second account wasn’t needed. However if it doesn’t work (incorrect password is a likely error), then you must use the second account you created earlier.

To clarify: If you can login using the user you always use, then you can use it! You only need to use the account you created earlier if your normal user account doesn’t work.

  1. If you logged in with your primary user account then you can skip this step to step 11

You have to open up file explorer then go to your C drive. Click on the Users folder, then click on the folder for your primary user account (one you were logged in as when you did all the previous steps) 

Once there, go to the folder you saved DDU to.

ONLY RUN THE DDU .EXE IN SAFE MODE. A MESSAGE WILL COME UP WARNING YOU IF YOU RUN IT IN NORMAL MODE THAT SAYS THE FOLLOWING: 

IT IS THERE FOR A REASON. DO NOT RUN THE DDU .EXE IN NORMAL MODE. YOU MUST DO IT IN SAFE MODE. IF YOU DO NOT SEE THAT WARNING THEN EVERYTHING IS OK!

 

  1. Go to the directory that DDU is at. Double click the folder with DDU that you previously made by executing the downloaded .exe.

Scroll further down there are further instructions

  1. Double click the one that says “Display Driver Uninstaller” (you only open it once, multiple photos are provided for the different ways it can look)

If you don’t see this then you followed the instructions, you may continue to step 13 and skip over the rest of this step (step 13 is numbered by the “13. Click Ok at the disclaimer”, you go to that part and continue following instructions normally.

If you see this error, it is because you downloaded DDU to OneDrive. Go back out of safe mode, this hyperlink will take you to a different doc that will explain what do do here.

Further instructions down below you may follow if you do not get that error.

  1. Click Ok at the disclaimer

Keep scrolling, there are further instructions.

  1. Close the options window that opens by default, leaving everything in that window at default. Click the top right X for this window (not the one underneath)

  1. In the right panel, in device type select GPU. Then in the drop down menu below for device select your card's brand. 

  1. Select clean and restart (should be the recommended option).

  1. Once it restarts automatically, see if you can login to your primary user profile (one you use normally), if you can then use it. 

  1. If you can’t then use the secondary one (one you created at the start of this guide). It may have landed you in safe mode again (you'll know if your wallpaper is black), you cannot install your driver in safe mode. (If you are not in safe mode, skip to step 24)

Exit safe mode

If start menu is not working properly follow this guide, once you’re back go to step 21.

  1. Once again go to your start menu and look up “System configuration”

  1. Open up “System Configuration”

  1. Go to the boot tab at the top.

  1. Uncheck the Safe boot box.

  1. Click OK at the bottom.

  1. Click restart

  1. Once booted up, you can login to your normal user account. At this point everything should be normal, you should be able to login to your normal account even if you weren’t able to before.

  1. Once you reboot into normal mode (outside of safe mode) you double click to launch the .exe that you downloaded before the first step (your respective Nvidia/AMD/Intel driver), do custom install and clean install (optional) and install it like that. You can install GeForce Experience if you have an Nvidia GPU, it is pretty useful to have since it notifies you about driver updates.

  1. Click Ok when asked.

  1. Wait for extract to finish

If you see this error, simply wait 5 minutes, after the 5 minutes are up restart your PC, then start the installation again (no need to wait again)

  1. Click agree and continue

  1. Install Nvidia Graphics Driver AND GeForce Experience.

  1. Even though it is redundant, do custom install.

  1. Leave all selected components, check the box for “Perform clean installation”

REMEMBER TO RESTART THEN ENABLE WINDOWS UPDATES AFTER THIS LAST STEP IS DONE.

  1. Once the driver is finished installing, reboot/restart again even if it asked not to do so.

THERE IS MORE TO DO! REMEMBER TO ENABLE BACK WINDOWS UPDATES!!

Enabling Windows Updates again:

 

Open your start menu’s search bar and look for “Windows Update settings” then open it.

Press the button to resume updates. 

Recommendations:

  1. Make sure your settings are correct

Since you clean installed, very likely that configs such as resolution, refresh rate and other similar settings were reset to defaults. 

  1. Refresh rate:

A .Right-click any blank area on your desktop.

B. Then select Display settings

C. Next, select Advanced display settings.

D. Then click Display Adapter Properties under the monitor

E. Click the Monitor tab in the new window.

F. Then select a refresh rate from the Screen refresh rate drop-down menu.  Under the Monitor Settings section, you will see your current refresh rate. Choose a new one from the drop-down box. You want to select the one your monitor is rated at, it will be the highest one shown. Then click ok.

  1. Enable FreeSync/GSync if applicable

Nvidia: https://www.nvidia.com/content/Control-Panel-Help/vLatest/en-us/mergedProjects/nvdsp/To_use_variable_refresh_rates.htm

AMD: https://www.amd.com/en/support/kb/faq/dh-013

Intel : Automatically enabled if conditions are met.

If you don’t see the option to enable it, you are either not connecting to it via DisplayPort (if you have an NVIDIA GPU), or it means you either do not have a FreeSync/GSync monitor.

  1. Install GPU manufacturer provided software to keep you up to date

Nvidia: If you did not install it during driver installation, you can find it here: https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/geforce-experience/

AMD: It should have been forced to you during installation.

Intel: If you did not install it during driver installation, you can find it here: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/detect.html

Credits for wiki:

  1. Wrangler_Old for clarifications to the original documentation

  2. CommandMC for script for checking if NVIDIA driver link is up to date (WIP)

  3. Chika Fujiwara for giving Daniel a reason to live

Code Geass is an amazing anime.

Changelog:

April 2nd:

  1. First iteration of doc

April 4th: 

  1. Added variable table, the use for the future is where us changing it in this one place here will change it automatically throughout the doc, including in the photos.

  2. Direct linking to the latest AMD driver through the Guru3D repository, reason for not using the official AMD source is due to it requiring a http referer when you go to their website that is required to initiate the download, making it not possible to direct link to it. 

  3. Added easter eggs and credits section

  4. Clarified further what to do if you have a laptop with an iGPU and a dGPU

  5. Linking to last prerequisite if someone is already on latest Windows version

  6. Clarified further that one does not need to go through the C -> Users directory if they were able to login with their primary user account.

  7. Added Intel to the guide, an issue happening where DDU is useful is pretty rare due to the way Intel handles driver installs, but it never hurts to have it here I guess.

  8. Recommended to install GeForce Experience and explained why it is useful even if you do not use its features.

  9. Color coded the GPU manufacturers, because why not? Pretty colors!

  10. Added section to make sure resolution/refresh rate is setup correctly after DDU (don’t want people running their 144hz panels at 60hz do we),  and recommend installing utilities like GeForce Experience (Intel assistant and AMD whatever it’s called). 

April 5th: 

  1. Just relabeled some stuff

April 13:

  1. Clarified a bit in the laptop section, maybe?

  2. Also clarified not to bloody run the driver installer until told to.. Thought it was implied when it says “only download this” but ok.. Fine.. whatever

April 14:

  1. Updates NVIDIA driver to 466.11

April 15:

  1. Added two more examples of what a file explorer looks like so hopefully people don’t bloody open the wrong file.

  2. Clarified further that THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “DOWNLOAD” AND FUCKING “RUNNING” SOMETHING

  3. AGAIN, CLARIFIED FURTHER SINCE IT HAPPENED AGAIN IN THE SAME DAY!!!! HOW IS THIS NOT FUCKING CLEAR???

April 16:

  1. Clarified you skip the overclocking part if you haven’t overclocked

  2. Updated Intel driver to: 27.20.100.9466 

April 17:

  1. Intel driver wasn’t a hyperlink

April 18:

  1. Added description to what DDU is at the top.

  2. Reorganized a tiny bit

  3. Clarified that if you did not overclock you don’t need to download MSI afterburner to check if you have an overclock.

  4. Added to switch to a device like your phone before entering safe mode

  5. Clarified further that you do not need to use the account created if normal account works.

  6. Added clarification not to download to bloody OneDrive.

  7. Clarified that you only open the damn thing once

  8. Removed text saying to go to their website if they don’t trust the executable we provide. Fuck it. If they don’t trust us they can go away.

  9. Clarified that a folder can be at the bottom of a directory.

  10. Added full steps for driver installation

  11.  Clarified that restart and reboot are the same thing.

  12. Added photo saying to click ok at the new disclaimer.

April 20:

  1. Added link to changinggpu wiki.

  2. Added important Chika meme

  3. Updated AMD driver to 21.4.1

April 21:

  1. Added a fourth prerequisite for one to temporarily disable Windows updates. This is to prevent errors during installation that can be caused by Windows installing an ancient driver right after someone boots up outside of safe mode. This doesn’t hurt to recommend anyways, in the worst case scenario someone forgets to enable them back, Windows will enable them automatically after a week.

April 22:

  1. Clarified not to download to anything like Google Drive folders, One Drive folders, NAS, or anything. Not sure how difficult it is for someone to fucking download something locally, jesus christ. 

April 25th:

  1. Updated DDU to 18.0.3.9

  2. Added what to do if they get the error saying that an installation is ongoing (this shouldn’t even happen since we paused Windows updates, preventing Windows from installing them, this requires being looked into)

  3. Added further warnings to try and prevent someone from forgetting to enable Windows updates. Worst case scenario they’re disabled for only a week anyways.

  4. Clarified that factory overclocks don’t count towards the prerequisite asking to undo any and all overclocks.

April 29th:

  1. Updated driver to 466.27

  2. Added backup link via Guru3D

  3. Clarified one does not use the Guru3D link unless the 466.27 main link doesn’t work

  4. Clarified the main link is the one above

  5. Clarified the Guru3D link is only for NVIDIA GPUs (how the fuck was this not clear? How can someone see “Nvidia” and have to ask “Is the Guru3D link for AMD too?”) 

May 2nd:

  1. Google Drive link wasn’t a hyperlink 

  2. Clarified further that the local account is there as a backup, and can be deleted after one is finished with DDU and booted out of safe mode. Also mentioned why this is there to begin with. 

  3. Fixed minor inconsistency in the steps to enable Windows updates again.

May 6th -> May 7th:

  1. Update AMD driver to 21.5.1 (which will happen when the bloody mirrors refresh, because linking to the official AMD site is a nightmare)

May 11th:

  1. Added an additional warning not to download to OneDrive (seriously, what the actual fuck? This can’t just be me right?)

  2. Added the dialog of what happens when someone still SOMEHOW downloads to OneDrive, and tells them if they see it to go fucking back and startover.

  3. Also added an additional photo that shows what a OneDrive Desktop folder would look like.

  4. Also added a photo comparing what a desktop folder on your computer looks like. Hopefully it shows the differences.

May 18th:

  1. Updated AMD driver to 21.5.2

  2. Updated NVIDIA driver to 466.47

May 19th:

  1. Clarified that an overclock is applied at the OS level, not GPU level. So it does not matter if one bought a GPU used.

May 20th:

  1. Updated guide to show that being on 20H2 and 21H1 is acceptable. Eventually when NVIDIA or AMD advertises 21H1 support, we will move to only recommending 21H1. But for now 20H2 is fine.

  2. Fixed Guru3D backup hyperlink.

May 25th:

  1. Update NVIDIA driver to the hotfix 466.55

  2. Fixed minor formatting issue

May 27th:

  1. Fixed formatting issue in the overclocking section

May 28th:

  1. Made section explaining you won’t have internet when entering safe mode clearer

May 29th:

  1. Changed DDU download to official site which also has a self extracting archive (thank you Arron)

June 3rd: 

  1. Updated NVIDIA driver to 466.63

  2. Added note to stop buying gaming laptops

  3. Clarified that the next step is to update to 21H1

  4. Clarified the first prerequisite further since apparently people are too fucking dumb to understand that “DO NOT RUN THIS!!!” means “DO NOT OPEN THE EXE”, Jesus fucking Christ.

  5. Further clarified DDU must be run in safe mode and it is not optional.

  6. Important Geass meme

June 9th:

  1. Updated NVIDIA driver to hotfix 466.74

June 10th:

  1. Updated NVIDIA driver to 466.77

  2. Updated NVIDIA driver to hotfix 466.79 (damn NVIDIA is on a roll, three drivers in the span of 24 hours!)

June 11th:

  1. Clarified there’s no need to put old GPU back in if one already changed it

June 12th:

  1. Added why to do DDU at top (added by the one who loves Code Geass more than anyone)

  2. Added note at one of the pages where there’s a gap, due to one step having many photos it has its own page, someone didn’t know there were further steps since there was a gap before this step, added a note for that:

  1. Added extra step to further counter the possibility of someone downloading to OneDrive. Made it so someone right clicks the DDU folder, goes to properties and verifies the location doesn’t mention OneDrive.

  2. I crossed out the Guru3D backup link since they still haven’t updated the NVIDIA driver yet as of June 12th.

  3. Someone did not know how to save something outside of OneDrive, created a specific doc to show them how: Exiting safe mode / ONEDRIVE 

Damn, Microsoft must be making a killing selling these people cloud storage.

  1. Clarified what an executable is (and changed the language a bit so it’s a bit harder to confuse what is being talked about)

  2. Clarified one has to do the update assistant if they aren’t offered 21H1 (for some reason there’s still installs being prompted to 2004 and not 21H1, the fuck?)

  3. Reorganized a little bit

June 16th:

  1. Clarified further the laptop section, also added a note to scroll down for further clarification

  2. Removed Guru3D link until they update their repository again.

June 17th:

  1. Forgot to add the OneDrive doc in the upper section that says not to save to OneDrive.

June 18th: 

  1. Updated DDU to 18.0.4.0

June 22nd:

  1. Updated NVIDIA driver to 471.11

  2. Updated AMD driver to 21.6.1

  3. Now we’re pushing everyone to 21H1, 471.11 specifically targets 21H1, so does 21.6.1.

  4. Reorganized a bit, mainly added “keep scrolling” warnings when there’s big gaps due to photos

June 23rd:

  1. Updated DDU to 18.0.4.1

  2. Clarified further the second prerequisite, person didn’t know if a boost clock was an overclock

June 24th: 

  1. Found another place with a gap that can cause someone to think there’s no more to read.

June 29th: 

  1. Updated AMD driver to 21.6.2

July 1st: 

  1. Updated NVIDIA driver to hotfix 471.22

  2. Crossed out Guru3D backup link until they update 

July 2nd:

  1. Updated Guru3D backup link

  2. Clarified Guru3D link can be used if official download is slow

  3. Person downloaded NVIDIA driver from NVIDIA’s site and Guru3D, further clarified one does not have to do that.

July 15th:

  1. Updated Intel driver to 30.0.100.9684 

July 16th:

  1. Updated DDU to 18.0.4.2

  2. Updated AMD driver to 21.7.1 (AMD's website is trash)

July 19th:

  1. Updated NVIDIA driver to 471.41

July 20th:

  1. Clarified drivers are for GPU, not for CPU. CPU manufacturer does not matter.

July 22nd:

  1. Switched to recommending the Intel driver utility.

July 28th:

  1. Updated AMD driver to 21.7.2

August 10th:

  1. Updated NVIDIA driver to 471.68

  2. Updated AMD driver to 21.8.1

August 25th:

  1. Updated AMD driver to 21.8.2

  2. Updated DDU to 18.0.4.3

August 31st:

  1. Updated NVIDIA driver to 471.96

September 3rd:

  1. Clarified not to follow changinggpu wiki if one is not changing GPU (DUHH?????)

September 13th:

  1. Updated AMD driver to 21.9.1

October 8th:

  1. Updated AMD driver to 21.10.1

  2. NVIDIA driver was updated a while ago, I forgot to put it in the notes

  3. Updated DDU to v18.0.4.4

October 11th:

  1. Updating AMD driver… when Guru3D site updates, because fuck AMD’s site. 

October 18th:

  1. Added special case for Kepler and Fermi GPUs.

  2. Updated DDU to v18.0.4.5

  3. Updated AMD driver to 21.10.2

  4. Seperated the third prerequisite into separate docs for Windows 10 and Windows 11 (Windows 11 will be created once necessary, there is currently only one Windows 11 version)

  5. Added needed warning lights and chika memes for commonly skipped sections.

October 23rd:

  1. Clarified that if you got a green checkmark next to your GPU you can skip the page.

October 26th:

  1. Updated NVIDIA and AMD drivers

October 27th:

  1. Updated Kepler driver

October 29th:

  1. Copy pasted photo for GPUZ a second time

October 30th:

  1. Updated NVIDIA driver to hotfix

November 3rd

  1. Updated NVIDIA Guru3D link

  2. Updated DDU to V18.0.4.6 

  3. Updated AMD driver

November 4th:

  1. Added special case for Windows 11 users whose start menu search bar may not work in safe mode. (WTF Microsoft??)

November 16th:

  1. Updated NVIDIA driver to 496.76. Guru3D link still not up.

  2. Updated NVIDIA driver to hotfix

November 19th:

  1. Updated AMD driver

November 28th:

  1. Updated to latest Windows 10 version, not pushing people off 21H1 yet. We’ll do it next month I guess

December 3rd:

  1. Added note about LHR

December 20th:

  1. Updated NVIDIA driver 

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