Although you can always use the manufacturer uninstaller and Device Manager to uninstall graphics drivers on Windows 10, there are chances that the process won’t complete successfully, or it’ll remove the packages, but leaving behind leftovers that may cause problems when installing new drivers, and this is when Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU) come in handy.
Display Driver Uninstaller is a free tool designed to help you to completely uninstall AMD and Nvidia graphics drivers without leaving behind any registry keys, files, folders, or driver store when the standard driver uninstall fails, or you need to completely delete the graphics card driver from your device.
In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to use the Display Driver Uninstaller tool to thoroughly delete Nvidia and AMD graphics drivers from Windows 10.
How to uninstall Nvidia and AMD graphics using Display Driver Uninstaller
To use the Display Driver Uninstaller to completely remove graphics driver on Windows 10, use these steps:
Open the guru3d website.
Under the “Download Locations” section, click the Display Driver Uninstaller download link nearest to your location, and save the file.
Double-click the zip folder.
Click the Extract all button from the “Compressed Folder Tools” ribbon.
Click the Extract button.
Double-click the DDUvxx.x.x.x.exe file.
Click the Extract button.
Save your work and close any running applications.
Press and hold the Shift key, click the Power button, and select the Restart option to launch the Advanced startup experience to access Safe mode.
Click the Troubleshoot button.
Click the Startup Settings option.
Click the Restart button.
Select the Enable Safe Mode option (F4).
Open the DDU folder with the extracted files.
Double-click the Display Driver Uninstaller.exe file.
Select the settings you want to use to completely remove Nvidia or AMD drivers on Windows 10. (Default settings are usually recommended, unless you know what you’re doing.)
Select the Nvidia or AMD graphics card using the drop-down menu on the right side.
Click the Clean and restart button.
Once you complete the steps, the tool will thoroughly delete the current Nvidia or AMD driver, and then your device will restart automatically, so you can install the new graphic driver on Windows 10.
While these instructions will help you to completely remove the graphics driver from your device, according to the author of the software, you should only use this tool when having a problem uninstalling or installing a driver or when switching GPU brands. And you shouldn’t use it every time you need to update the driver.
We’re focusing this guide on Windows 10, but you can use this tool on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and on Windows 10 up to version 1809.
If you’re having issues with the Display Driver Uninstaller software, you should check the guru3d website for more details and help.