Clean uninstall

How to completely uninstall graphics driver using DDU on Windows 10

If you're having trouble removing the graphics driver from your PC, the Display Driver Uninstaller makes sure that everything is delete properly as if it was the first time you install a new driver.

Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU) for Nvidia and AMD

Although you can always use the manufacturer uninstaller and Device Manager to uninstall a graphics driver 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

Use these steps to use the Display Driver Uninstaller utility to completely remove the graphics driver from Windows 10:

Warning: This is a third-party software, and it’s offered “as-is”, use it at your own risk. Before continuing, it’s highly recommended to create a full backup in case you need to revert the changes. In addition, it’s recommended to disconnect your computer from the internet until you reinstall the display driver.
  1. Open the guru3d website.

  2. Under the “Download Locations” section, click the Display Driver Uninstaller download link nearest to your location, and save the file.

    Download Display Driver Uninstaller
    Download Display Driver Uninstaller
  3. Double-click the zip folder.

  4. Click the Extract all button from the “Compressed Folder Tools” ribbon.

  5. Click the Extract button.

    Extract DDU files on Windows 10
    Extract DDU files on Windows 10
  6. Double-click the DDUvxx.x.x.x.exe file.

  7. Click the Extract button.

    Extract Display Driver Uninstaller files on Windows 10
    Extract Display Driver Uninstaller files on Windows 10
  8. Save your work and close any running applications.

  9. Open Start.

  10. Press and hold the Shift key, click the Power button, and select the Restart option.

  11. Click the Troubleshoot button.

  12. Click the Startup Settings option.

  13. Click the Restart button.

    Startup Settings on Windows 10
    Startup Settings on Windows 10
  14. Select the Enable Safe Mode option (F4).

    Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode
    Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode
  15. Open the DDU folder with the extracted files.

  16. Double-click the Display Driver Uninstaller.exe file.

  17. Select the settings that you want to use. (Default settings are usually recommended, unless you know what you’re doing.)

    DDU settings for Nvidia and AMD
    DDU settings for Nvidia and AMD
  18. Select your graphics card using the drop-down menu on the right side.

  19. Click the Clean and restart button.

    Display Driver Uninstaller on Windows 10
    Display Driver Uninstaller on Windows 10

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.