Safely Removing EVGA Precision X16 and undoing it's settings/clean install of GPU drivers.

Discussion in 'Video Cards' started by Cyber Akuma, Nov 5, 2019.

  1. Cyber Akuma

    Cyber Akuma Limp Gawd

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    Going to be upgrading to a newer card and selling off my old ones, so I want to undo all overclocking settings both to sell them off and so they don't conflict with my new card, as well as wipe out all driver settings and start over.

    For the overclocking:

    I am aware that PrecisionX does not make permanent overclock settings and they are just set in software, so I am guessing I don't need to worry about the cards still being overclocked when I sell them right?

    As for my system though, would just simply uninstalling EVGA Precision X16 also remove all the overclock settings it applies on Windows boot, or do I need to take additional steps to undo them? It there any reset somewhere that just undoes everything and makes it use everything at stock again/remove all overclock settings on boot before I uninstall it? I basically want to completely wipe out the app and any and all of it's settings, and how to do that if just a simple uninstall will not be enough.

    As for the drivers:
    Is it still recommended to do a clean removal and reinstall of drivers when upgrading a card even if you are just going from an old GTX model to a newer GTX model that use the same drivers and are by the same manufacturer?? And if so, is just an uninstall enough or do I need to use other means? I remember that years ago people would recommend running a driver cleaner app (forgot the name) in Safe Mode that would remove all traces of a driver... but that was long ago, is that still the way to do it today? Or is the uninstall feature of the drivers/the "perform a clean install" option on the installer when installing the drivers the same thing nowadays?
     
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  2. auntjemima

    auntjemima [H]ardness Supreme

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    If you remove the program, hell, if you set it to not boot with windows, it will stop overclocking your current cards.

    You are also correct that the cards will not carry the overclock, it is in software.

    lastly, if your concern if that you new cards will overclock automatically because EVGA is set to do so, they are unfounded. The program will load default with a new card.

    edit: for the drivers, I would remove and reinstall.
     
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  3. Cyber Akuma

    Cyber Akuma Limp Gawd

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    Ok, so which method should I use to remove the drivers? Just uninstall? Or some driver removal/cleaning app?
     
  4. auntjemima

    auntjemima [H]ardness Supreme

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    I would remove it with DDU. Most swear by it.
     
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    Lifelite [H]ardness Supreme

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    This.

    Worth doing every major patch.
     
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  6. Cyber Akuma

    Cyber Akuma Limp Gawd

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    Never used DDU before, even though I now recall having heard of it many times. Do I run the driver uninstaller first, and then DDU, or do I just run DDU alone to uninstall the driver?
     
  7. auntjemima

    auntjemima [H]ardness Supreme

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    Run the uninstaller and then DDU.
     
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  8. Armenius

    Armenius I Drive Myself to the [H]ospital

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    No need to do both. DDU runs the uninstaller for your current drivers at the beginning of its process before cleaning up latent files and the registry.
     
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  9. auntjemima

    auntjemima [H]ardness Supreme

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    Good to know, thanks!
     
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  10. Xero717

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    Make sure you aren't connected to the internet after you use DDU, or windows will install drivers for the new GPU upon boot up, which most likely will be months behind.

    There's also a setting in DDU to prevent windows from doing that, but they recommend reverting that change after you install the new drivers, which makes pulling the ethernet plug a bit easier.
     
  11. Cyber Akuma

    Cyber Akuma Limp Gawd

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    I will make sure to unplug the Ethernet cable, however, it should not be an issue as I disabled automatic updates so I can manually update on my own time.
     
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  12. PhaseNoise

    PhaseNoise 2[H]4U

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    Since you're unplugging the cable, I see you trust MS as much as I do to not helpfully choose a driver I didn't want... ;)