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Old October 9, 2011, 11:34 PM
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Given the fact that the OP is switching to an ATI card, I strongly disagree with the above two statements. I'm 100% sure any experienced video card reviewer will agree.

To the OP - most people would suggest something like DriverSweeper. http://www.guru3d.com/category/driversweeper/

I personally just use Ccleaner uninstall+registry cleaner, but for switching to/from ATI I usually reformat to avoid issues.
If you're doing vid card reviews without a fresh install of the os, let me know on page 1 so I can close the review and read no further, mkay?

I've switched back and forth without a reg cleaner with 0 issues long term. (But I wasn't doing hw reviews, just using daily for gaming and whatnot).
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Old October 10, 2011, 10:54 AM
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Well assuming you're running Windows 7, it really shouldn't matter at all since you can run multiple video card drivers alongside each other. In Vista/XP and older, this was an issue though since it didn't allow mixed graphics drivers.

Just look at all the people with ATI + NVIDIA for PhysX, or all the laptops with Intel + NVIDIA/ATI.
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Old October 10, 2011, 10:59 AM
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1 - Uninstall driver/application from Add/Remove programs.
2 - Reboot into safe mode.
3 - Run Driver Sweeper.
4 - Run CCleaner as many times as necessary until there are no bad entries left.
5 - Shut down, install new card.
6 - Boot into windows, install latest drivers.
Done.

This is the method I've always used and will continue to recommend. Why? Because It works.
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1 - Uninstall driver/application from Add/Remove programs.
2 - Reboot into safe mode.
3 - Run Driver Sweeper.
4 - Run CCleaner as many times as necessary until there are no bad entries left.
5 - Shut down, install new card.
6 - Boot into windows, install latest drivers.
Done.

This is the method I've always used and will continue to recommend. Why? Because It works.

That is basically the exact method I use when going from ATI or Nvidia to the other. Now I pretty much always use CCleaner after installing or uninstalling programs, especially if there are any freeware/shareware software involved.
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