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    This isn't necessarily an app or utility just some instructions I copied and saved with notepad from another hardware forum, cannot remember which one for the life of me. If you've seen this posted somewhere please post so I can give the proper credit. :good2: I've used this method a few times when ATI/AMD was updating drivers what seemed like a weekly basis and if anyone has ever installed video drivers over the top of current drivers you know what kind of weird issues that can cause lol. Anyways here's the process and hopefully if anyone needs it helps them as much as it's helped me

    Guide (ATi-AMD)
    Do not use this guide if you have an AMD CPU/Motherboard as you may destroy required chipset files.

    1. Go to Add/Remove Programs

    2. Uninstall the Catalyst Install manager (Express Uninstall)

    3. Reboot the computer and log back into windows as normal

    4. Go to folder options and select “show hidden files and folders”

    The next part of the guide will remove all ATi/AMD files and folders from the computer.

    5. Go to your C drive and remove the “AMD” folder

    6. Double click the “Program Data” folder (Normally hidden) and remove all ATi/AMD folders

    7. Go back to C and double click “Program Files” and remove all ATi/AMD folders

    8. Go back to C and double click “Program Files (x86)” and remove all ATi/AMD folders

    9. Go back to C and double click “Users”

    10. Access the name of your windows profile and double click “AppData” (Normally hidden)

    11. Check the “Local”, “LocalLow” and “Roaming” folders for any ATi/AMD folders and remove them.

    12. Go back to “Users” and check the “Default” folder (Normally hidden)

    13. Double click “AppData” (Normally hidden)

    14. Check the “Local” and “Roaming” folders for any ATi/AMD folders and remove them.

    The next part of the guide will remove registry entries left by the AMD drivers.
    15. Close everything down and go back to your desktop

    16. Click start, then type “regedit”.

    17. Click “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” and extend the folder

    18. Click “Software” and extend the folder

    19. Remove all AMD and ATi Folders

    20. Click “Wow6432Node” and extend the folder (Within the software folder)

    21. Remove the “AMD” folder

    22. Click “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” and extend the folder

    23. Click “SOFTWARE” and extend the folder

    24. Remove all AMD and ATi Folders

    25. Click “Wow6432Node” and extend the folder

    26. Remove all AMD and ATi Folders

    27. Click “HKEY_USERS” and extend the folder

    28. Click “.DEFAULT” and extend the folder

    29. Click “Software” and extend the folder

    30. Remove all AMD and ATi folders

    31. Click “S-1-5-18” and extend the folder

    32. Click “Software” and extend the folder

    33. Remove all AMD and ATi folders

    34. Click “S-1-5-21-1632250243-966907716-928185508-1000” and extend the folder

    35. Click “Software” and extend the folder

    36. Remove all AMD and ATi Folders

    37. Close down regedit and empty your recycle bin

    38. Undo the folder options change to hide the hidden folders

    39. Reboot

    40. Install your AMD/Nvidia drivers and reboot

    (Remember, if you look in some of the folders mentioned in this guide but don’t have any AMD/ATi folders, just move to the next appropriate step. This means the uninstall option has removed such files for you. But as we know, the uninstaller still leaves a lot of things behind). For Windows Vista/7. Do at your own risk.

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    Re: ATI drivers

    Thanks for sharing Rob :good2:

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    • #3
      Re: ATI drivers

      thanks for sharing!:good2:





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      • #4
        Re: ATI drivers

        Some great info here thanks bud.

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        • #5
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          There is a tool that Nvidia has that does the same thing. I never had a need to use it.

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          • #6
            Re: ATI drivers

            Originally posted by Gary View Post
            There is a tool that Nvidia has that does the same thing. I never had a need to use it.
            ATI has an uninstaller also but even after using it and a reboot some of these keys were still in the registry. Mainly had this issues when I had both my old 6950's in but haven't had to go this route with the single 7950.....yet lol

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            • #7
              Re: ATI drivers

              Yes that is what that Nvidia tool does. Every time there is an update I choose Custom and then do a clean install. I am about to re install the 314.22 drivers as I have nothing but problems with the 32X.XX drivers. I don't think they actually help my old GTX 460 much.

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              • #8
                Re: ATI drivers

                So you can have a ATI video card and not a ATI/AMD mobo, right?
                Guess since my MOBO is ATI, this does not apply to me..


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                • #9
                  Re: ATI drivers

                  Originally posted by HammerJack View Post
                  So you can have a ATI video card and not a ATI/AMD mobo, right?
                  Guess since my MOBO is ATI, this does not apply to me..
                  Yes you can, and nope you wouldn't want to try this out as it may do something to your chipset registry keys and that wouldn't be good lol

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                  • #10
                    Re: ATI drivers

                    Thank you bud, learn something every day..

                    Hardware Guru.. How does that sound???? :rofl1:


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                    • #11
                      Re: ATI drivers

                      Thanks for sharing my friend.: Good2:



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