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How do I uninstall Nvidia drivers in Windows 10?

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A graphic problem: how to uninstall Nvidia drivers

If you’re upgrading or having problems with your Nvidia graphics card, then it’s a good idea to uninstall the drivers. Let’s take a look at a few different ways to uninstall your Nvidia drivers in Windows 10.

Use Apps and Features to uninstall Nvidia drivers in Windows 10

You should find the Nvidia drivers listed in the Apps and Features section of Windows 10. To uninstall them, first select Settings from the Start menu. Then, from the settings option that appears, select the Apps section. You should now see all the apps on your computer listed in the right-hand pane.

To uninstall the Nvidia drivers, scroll down the list until you find NVIDIA Graphics driver. Once you have, select it and then click on the Uninstall button. Windows will now warn you that you’re about to remove the drivers, so click Uninstall again.

Uninstall Nvidia drivers through App and Features

The Nvidia uninstaller wizard will now start. Follow it through to uninstall your Nvidia drivers.

Nvidia Graphics driver uinstaller

You may also see other Nvidia apps listed. Be careful about uninstalling these, as they may be related to things other than your graphics card. However, if you’re swapping your card for another make, then you can also remove the GeForce Experience app.

Use Device Manager to uninstall Nvidia drivers

It’s always best to uninstall your drivers through Apps and features if you can. However, using Device Manager is a helpful way to uninstall your Nvidia driver if the app isn’t listed. It’s also worth trying if your graphics card is playing up and you want a quick way to remove and reinstall the drivers.

To uninstall your Nvidia driver using Device Manager, right-click the Start menu icon and select Device Manager from the list.

Device Manager on Start Menu

When Device Manager appears, click the small arrow next to Display adapters. Your graphics card should now show underneath. When it does, right-click it and choose Uninstall Device from the list.

Uninstalling Nvidia drivers from Device Manager

Device Manager will now warn you that you are about to uninstall the device. If you intend to reinstall the driver manually or let Windows find it, then tick the box Delete the driver software from this device and click Uninstall. Otherwise, just click Uninstall. The graphics card should disappear from the list, and you may notice a change in the screen resolution. It’s now best to restart your PC and see if your issues have disappeared or reinstall the driver as needed.

Use an uninstaller app to uninstall Nvidia Drivers in Windows 10

If none of the above solutions work, you can always try an uninstaller app. These apps are ideal if you’ve corrupted drivers that won’t uninstall correctly or you want to make sure you’ve removed all remnants of the driver. Just be warned that these uninstallers normally work best if they’re installed before the thing you’re trying to remove.

While many uninstaller apps are available, two free ones that should do the job are Revo Uninstaller and Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU).

Revo uninstaller is an all-in-one solution for uninstalling any app on your PC and is pretty easy to use. However, if you decide to try it, please follow the guides available on the support page.

As the name suggests, you use Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU) solely to uninstall graphics card drivers. Along with Nvidia, it also works with AMD and Intel cards. It’s a little more complicated than Revo Uninstaller and best run in Windows Safe Mode. So, before you use it, please read the tutorial on the developer’s website to familiarise yourself with the app.

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About the author

Mark Parvin

I have worked with and wrote about computers, video games and consumer tech for more years than I care to admit.
I currently run my own IT support business and write about the wonders of tech whenever I can.

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