Buggy drivers are one of the most common reasons users experience various game problems. Poor performance, stutters, graphics artifacts, or straight-up broken games are often a result of installing a bad graphics driver. Uninstalling a graphics driver is the first thing you should do when troubleshooting such issues. Here is how to uninstall a graphics driver in Windows 10 and 11.
Uninstalling Graphics Driver
Start with a driver rollback if the problems appeared after updating a GPU driver.
- Press Win + R and enter devmgmt.msc. This command will launch Device Manager in Windows 10 and 11. You can also use Windows Search or right-click the Start menu button and select Device Manager.
- Find the Display adapters option and expand it.
- Right-click your graphics card and select Properties.
- Switch to the Driver tab and click Roll Back Driver. Confirm the action if necessary.
- Windows will roll back the driver right away. Note that your screen may blink a few times, which is normal for this kind of operation.
It is important to note that you can roll back the GPU driver only if you have updated it at least once. In other words, Windows has to have an old driver version to restore.
How to Uninstall GPU Driver?
If the drive rollback feature is unavailable or does not help fix the issues, try removing the GPU driver completely. The procedure will be identical for all GPU manufacturers, whether you use Intel, Nvidia, or AMD.
Before you uninstall graphics driver on your computer, make sure to download the correct version. Always download drivers from the official Nvidia, AMD, or Intel websites and never use so-called “driver packs.”
- Download the DDU utility from its official website. It can uninstall any graphics driver in your computer without leaving any traces. That is essential to ensure a new driver will not conflict with the old files.
- Extract the files somewhere on your computer.
- Press Win + R and type msconfig.
- Switch to the Boot tab and place a checkmark next to the Safe boot option.
- Click Ok and restart your computer. It will launch in safe mode, which is necessary to complete the operation.
- Once on the desktop, press Win + R and type msconfig.
- Go to the Boot tab and uncheck the Safe boot option.
- Click OK but do not restart your computer!
- Launch the DDU app. Windows might warn you that it cannot reach SmartScreen to check the app. Press Run.
- Once the self-extracting archive finishes copying files, open the DDU folder and launch Display Driver Uninstaller.
- Find the Select device type drop-down and pick GPU.
- Next, select your GPU manufacturer from the drop-down list below. It is either Intel, AMD, or Nvidia.
- Click Clean and restart, then wait for your computer to uninstall the GPU driver.
Once back on the desktop, proceed with installing a new graphics card. Note that you will notice that Windows is missing some of its effects and uses lower resolution with improper scaling. That is okay for a system without a GPU driver. Everything will return to normal once you install a compatible and correct driver.