Removing Previous Brand/Custom Drivers from Windows 7/8.1

Top  Previous  Next

Manual's graphics were taken from Windows 7 x64 Professional, you can easily find respective menus at Windows 8 with the help of Metro "Find" function (shortcut: Win+F).

 

GThis manual is also known as "Full Cleanup".

 

This simple guide will show you how to properly clean previous Brand/Custom Drivers so as to successfully install UnifL Drivers afterwards.

 

If you are currently using UnifL set, you can go directly to Updating from Previous UnifL Drivers page.

 

Requirements:

Display Driver Uninstaller.

 

Steps:

 

1. Navigate the Control Panel, and delete drivers using "Programs and Features".

 

Uninstall_standard

 

2. Locate & Select “AMD Catalyst Install Manager”, launch it and select "Express Uninstall ALL AMD Software". Execute it and follow instructions. Reboot.

 

ACIM

 

3. In same fashion, once again navigate to "Programs and Features" and locate Intel Driver.  It can look like this:

 

intel_paf_1

 

or like this:

 

intel_paf_2

 

Uninstall it.

 

4. Reboot.

 

5. Download and install Display Driver Uninstaller.

 

First, remove AMD leftovers:

 

DDU_AMD

 

Secondly, remove Intel leftovers:

 

DDU_Intel

 

That's it!

 

Following below steps are only applicable only for Windows 7!

 

Windows 8 will install default AMD and Intel Drivers from its repositories.

Do not try to remove Windows 8/8.1 standard AMD and Intel Drivers as it might break Windows 8/8.1 ability to install Video Drivers!

If you have Windows 8/8.1 installed - you are done with cleaning procedures!

 

6. Navigate to "Device Manager":

 

device_manager

 

7. Find and expand “Video adapters” section. You should see Two "Standard VGA Graphics Adapter" devices:

 

2_standard

 

GPlease note:

 

Exclamation Mark on one of the devices is normal. You can observe this on Windows 7 x64 and with high probability it's AMD card. Since Windows has no knowledge of how to work properly with this card with the help of  Standard Windows Graphic driver, it shows Exclamation Mark.

 

8. Navigate to "Device Manager", find “Sound, video and game Controllers” section, expand it.

   Locate “AMD High Definition Audio” device, choose “Uninstall” and select “Delete the driver software for this device” check-box if its present:

 

HDMI

 

GPlease note:

HDMI device can also be turned off and located at “System Devices” as “High Definition Audio Controller”. Enable it by right clicking on it and selecting "Enable".

 

 

9. Reload Device manager:

 

dev_mgr

 

 

This is it! all important files and settings of previous driver are now removed. Now you are ready to install UnifL Driver!

 

 

Troubleshooting:

 

I. If something other than 2 “Standard VGA Graphics Adapter” is present at "Device Manager" "Display Adapters" section, right-click on each device, choose “Uninstall” and select “Delete the driver software for this device” check-box.

 

II. Reload Device manager:

 

dev_mgr

 

Now you should see two “Standard VGA Graphics Adapter” adapters:

 

2_standard

 

III. Reboot.

 

That's it! You are now ready to install UnifL.

 

Next : UnifL Driver Installation Instructions.