How to reset your graphics driver: AMD, Nvidia, DDU

Released: 2022-10-24T11:39:06

updated: 2022-10-24T11:39:25

Wondering how to roll back your graphics driver? We’ve got you covered with all sorts of methods including using a handy tool called DDU.

Rolling back your graphics driver in Windows is exceptionally easy. Whether you’re changing brands, solving technical issues, or just encountering some weird screen glitches, there’s no need to panic. It turns out there’s tons of support out there for the core component of many gaming PCs.

First, let’s use Windows to actually see if we can’t fix your problems.

How to roll back the graphics driver with Windows 11 and 10

Press with your keyboard Windows + Ctrl + Shift + B. After a brief power outage, your monitor should update itself and hopefully resolve any issues with your graphics.

Essentially, we’re forcing Windows to take action against any problems that may have arisen. These can be stuck context menus, no image on the screen after waking up, or worst case, deleting artifacts on the screen.

Of course, we could always fall back on the manufacturer’s software.

How to roll back an Nvidia graphics driver

To factory reset your Nvidia graphics driver, do the following:

  • Right-click anywhere on the desktop background and click Nvidia Control Panel in the context menu.
  • Click Manage 3D Settings.
  • In the upper right corner you will find a button that says “Restore default settings”. Press this and let it do its thing.
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You may want to restart your PC afterwards to ensure all settings are retained.

How to roll back an AMD graphics driver

  • Right-click anywhere on the desktop again and select AMD Radeon Settings.
  • Go to the Settings tab.
  • From here, locate the button and click on “Restore factory settings”.

If you feel like it, restart your PC.

How to roll back an Intel graphics driver

  • Right-click anywhere on the desktop and choose Graphics Properties.
  • Press 3D.
  • Click on “Restore default settings” to start the process.

We’re currently not sure if this is also true for the recently released Intel Arc GPUs, but we assume so.

To roll back your graphics driver using DDU: Delete GPU drivers to switch cards

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To do this we need to download DDU. It’s freeware and relatively easy to set up and get started. You’ll also need to enter Safe Mode, but that’s a recommendation and not a requirement. To do this, while restarting your PC, hold down the Shift key while pressing the taskbar power button.

Switch to Safe Mode

This will take you to a blue screen with options that you can then select Troubleshooting and Expanded options. Choose Startup Settings and press restart. After a reboot, select the option to put you in safe mode (this is usually four).

You don’t need a network for this process, and if you decide not to use Safe Mode, it’s still recommended to disconnect from the internet.

Configure DDU

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Before you start, you should go into the options and choose what you want to delete or if you want a log.

It’s best to use the default rollback or uninstall options for your drivers, but who doesn’t like to get straight to the point?

Once you’ve chosen what you want to uninstall, you can press any of the three buttons on the main menu. If swapping GPUs, choose to shut down. Once the PC is completely turned off, you can begin the replacement process.

If you’re just trying to troubleshoot an issue with your current GPU, reboot. The restart option is for those who have already installed the new GPU and just cleaned up their PC.

What is DDU?

DDU or Display Driver Uninstaller is a quick and easy way to remove unnecessary files from a GPU brand. For example, switching from AMD to Intel or Nvidia can erase all settings from AMD currently associated with your PC.

While it’s not really necessary if you’re simply upgrading from Nvidia to Nvidia, it can help if there are some issues after the swap.

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