Display Driver Uninstaller Tutorial/Guide

This guide was written for version v18.0.2.6, future versions may differ slightly.

 

DISCLAIMER: I take no responsibility for any damages caused if you don’t follow the steps correctly, you proceed at your own risk and take full responsibility. It should also be noted any settings or profiles you’ve created in your GPU control panel will be removed – you may need to re-enable SLI, Crossfire, tweak colour settings, refresh rates, enable Freesync/G-Sync etc…

 

Q: What is DDU?

A: Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU) is a driver removal tool that can help you completely remove AMD (ATI), NVIDIA and Intel graphics drivers from your system, without leaving leftovers behind (such as registry keys, folders, files, driver store). Over time these leftover files can cause compatibility issues, such as drivers failing to install, reducing performance or system crashes/freezes. By using DDU you can remove these leftovers and solve many common issues related with GPU drivers.


 

Step 1 – Have your GPU drivers ready, but do not run them yet
Before we go ahead and use DDU to remove our GPU drivers I highly recommend you head to your GPU makers website and download the appropriate drivers for your GPU and OS configuration (I recommend you use the latest drivers available, however you can use older drivers if you want)

 

Here are the official download links for NVIDIA, AMD (ATI) and Intel drivers. Make sure you select the right options such as language, OS version and architecture etc.

 

NVIDIA: https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?

AMD (ATI): https://www.amd.com/en/support

Intel: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/

 

– With some computers you may have to download your GPU drivers from the OEMs website (e.g. HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer) – This is because some GPUs may have custom hardware IDs that only officially work with the OEM supplied drivers; however this isn’t common.

 

Step 2 – Download DDU

After you’ve downloaded your GPU drivers we can now go ahead and download DDU, I recommend you download DDU from Wagnard’s official site
— DDU Download: https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu-

 

I always recommend you download the latest version of DDU, it gets updated quite regularly to keep up with the changes made to GPU drivers and Windows.

Step 2.5 – Disconnect from the Internet (Windows 10 only)

If you’re using Windows 10, I recommend you disconnect your PC from the Internet, this will prevent Windows Update from automatically downloading GPU drivers.

 

Step 3 – Extract and run DDU

Once you’ve downloaded DDU, simply double click the exe and extract it wherever you want, I recommend you extract DDU to a ‘DDU’ folder on the desktop, for ease of access.

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Once you’ve extracted DDU, open the DDU folder and you should see several files, read the ‘Readme’ file, then launch ‘Display Driver Uninstaller’.

After you run ‘Display Driver Uninstaller’ you’ll be presented with a warning box, advising you to launch DDU in Safe Mode. I highly recommend you use DDU in Safe Mode to minimize any potential issues, however it is optional. If you do not want to launch DDU in Safe Mode, just click ‘OK’ and proceed as normal.

If you do want to launch DDU in Safe Mode click the OK button, in the top left-hand corner select ‘Options’ and at the bottom click ‘Enable Safe Mode dialog’, exit out of DDU and relaunch it, upon relaunching select “Safe Mode (Recommended)” and click “Reboot to Safe Mode”. Your PC should reboot into Safe Mode and DDU will start.

 

*Note: If you use DDU in normal mode I recommend you close down any background programs, such as games, browsers, media players etc…

 

After launching DDU you will be presented with this screen, instead of simply clicking one of the removal buttons I recommend you head to the options and tweak how DDU removes the drivers.

 

I recommend you select the C:NVIDIA and C:AMD folders

 

These folders are the default locations where the NVIDIA or AMD driver installation files are unpacked, once the driver is installed these folders can safely be deleted.

 

Once this has been done exit the options menu and now we can begin using DDU to remove our GPU drivers.

 

On the right side you’ll see a drop down box that allows you to select whether you want to remove Audio or GPU drivers, select GPU and then select your GPU device.

 

If you previously had an AMD (ATI) GPU in your system and then made the switch to NVIDIA (or vice versa) in the same Windows installation, you will want to remove the AMD drivers and then the NVIDIA drivers (or vice versa) to avoid any conflicts

 

Intel iGPU (HD, Iris graphics) drivers shouldn’t cause any conflicts between AMD or NVIDIA drivers. However, having assets of AMD drivers installed on an NVIDIA system, or vice versa can cause issues. If you’ve had multiple GPU drivers installed on the same Windows installation, I’d remove each one.

 

On the left side of the interface you’ll see three buttons, all are relatively quite simple but I’ll run through them.

 

  • Clean and restart
    Will remove the current selected GPU drivers and reboot. This is great if you’ve only had a single GPU installed and you want to clean your drivers. It will reboot and you can start clean with the drivers you downloaded earlier

 

  • Clean and do NOT restart
    This is the option you’d want to select if you’ve had multiple GPUs installed in the past, remove the AMD (ATI) drivers, change it to NVIDIA and remove those drivers (or vice versa)
    This allows you to completely remove any GPU drivers from your system and start completely fresh.

 

  • Clean and shutdown
    Will remove the currently selected GPU drivers and shutdown your system. This should be used if you intend to swap out your GPU

Now all we have left to do is remove our drivers, personally I use the ‘Clean and DO NOT restart’ option the most and recommend others do the same, it allows you to see what’s being removed and you can select between AMD (ATI), NVIDIA and Intel to make sure no conflicts are occurring if you’ve had different GPUs in your system. Your screen may go black for a few seconds while DDU is removing the GPU drivers – this is perfectly normal and should only last a few seconds.

 

Select one of the removal options, I recommend you click ‘Clean and do NOT restart’

DDU will now remove the selected GPU drivers from your system, this will vary depending on the speed of your system.

 

I just want to reiterate one more time, if you’ve had an AMD (ATI) or NVIDIA GPU in the same install of Windows I highly recommend you select and remove both GPU drivers to make sure there aren’t any conflicts. Once DDU has completed the removal of the selected GPU drivers you will be prompted with this message — Select ‘Yes’ to exit the program.

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Now DDU will reboot your PC, from here you can install the GPU drivers you downloaded earlier, restart if applicable and then connect your PC back to the internet.

 

As a side note I always recommend you update your GPU drivers using the official installer, programs like GeForce Experience and 3rd party utilities can cause issues when updating drivers, so if you experience issues, be sure to try the official installer.

 

If you found DDU useful, please consider donating to Wagnard so he can continue improving DDU by adding new features and updating it when changes are made to Windows or the drivers themselves. Patreon Link | PayPal Link

 

Hopefully this guide has helped you resolve any GPU driver related issues you may have encountered, although I realise this guide won’t help everyone. GPU drivers are incredibly complex pieces of software and this is merely one fix. Below I have other tutorials that may help you resolve any issues that are related to GPU drivers.

 

Interim help

  • Try scanning your PC for any Malware/Viruses – Tutorial here

  • Make sure your OS isn’t corrupt – Tutorial here

  • Verify/Repair game files – Tutorial here

  • For Windows 10 users, make sure you are on version 1511 at least. Press the Windows Key + R and type “winver”. If you’re on an older version of Windows you will need to update.

 

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