How to Uninstall Graphics Drivers

You've installed a graphics card and driver. Uninstalling a card or a driver sounds more ominous than it really is.  If you follow these steps, you can save yourself lots of money from having it done professionally.

Open the Windows Device Manager.

You can uninstall and reinstall drivers easily in the Device Manager.

Here’s an easy way to get there:

  • Press the Windows key on your keyboard.
  • Type device manager.
  • Click Device Manager in the search results.

Expand the “Display adapters” menu.

Click the arrow next to “Display adapters.”

This shows you all graphics drivers that are currently installed.

Double-click your graphics driver.

Double-clicking the driver name opens its properties window.

This new window will open to the General tab.

Click the “Driver” tab.

This is the second tab at the top of the window.

You’ll see several options for your driver here, including the option to uninstall it.

Click the “Uninstall” button.

Before the driver is deleted, you’ll see a confirmation message on the screen.

This message asks if you also wan to delete the driver for this device.

Check the box and click “Uninstall.”

Check the box next to “Attempt to remove the driver for this device” before you confirm.

This ensures that the driver is actually removed from your hard drive.


  • Be sure to restart to restart your computer in Safe Mode after uninstalling a graphics card driver, and run a computer scan (ex: CCleaner) to insure that all of the files for the driver are off the computer, before continuing to use the computer or reinstalling the drivers. Conflict of drivers can result if a trace of the old driver is still on your PC. Warning messages, software or video games not being able to work, glitches etc.


  • Do NOT uninstall without a disc, or a web site to reload the driver, unless you are absolutely certain you no longer need it. This is a permanent action.

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