Question about W7 and GPU drivers.

Azureth

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Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but with W7 you can have both Nvidia and ATI drivers installed at the same time, correct? So if I were to replace my ATI card with an Nvidia card, could I just install NvIDIA drivers before I put it in?
 

Forceman

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I don't think you can install drivers without an appropriate card being in the system. The driver install package will fail if there isn't a compatible card installed already.
 

PWMK2

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From my experience, all you should need to do is slide the card in, turn on the computer, wait for Windows to install drivers and then restart.
 

bigdogchris

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The recommended way to install hardware in an operating system that does not have drivers for it is to install the drivers first, then insert the hardware. But, since Windows 7 has built in Nvidia drivers I see no reason to have to install the drivers first. Download the updates, install the card, then bring it up and run the driver installer.
 
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