If you’ve just bought a new graphics card to replace your older AMD graphics card, you’ll need to uninstall your AMD graphics drivers so that you don’t run into any issues when you install your new graphics card.
In this simple step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to quickly uninstall your AMD drivers using a piece of software called DDU.
How to Uninstall AMD Drivers Using DDU
Display Driver Uninstaller (or DDU) is a piece of software designed to quickly remove both AMD and NVIDIA graphics drivers. DDU is used by many system-builders thanks to how easy it is to use.
Here’s how to get DDU if you don’t have it already.
Head to the DDU download page.
Click the link that says ‘Download DDU: Portable / self-extracting.’
Save the application. Then, go into the folder it was saved to and open it. This will open 7-Zip so that you can extract the files.
Choose a location to extract the files to and hit ‘Extract.’ Remember this location so you can find DDU.
DDU recommends that you use it in Safe Mode, so you should boot into Safe Mode now to continue.
To boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10 or 11, do the following:
- Click on the start menu
- Click settings
- Go into Recovery
- In the ‘Advanced startup’ section hit ‘Restart Now’
- This will restart your PC and bring you to the Advanced startup menu (an all blue screen with a handful of options)
- Select Troubleshoot, then Advanced Options, then Startup Settings, then Restart
- Your computer will restart and a list of choices will pop up
- To choose Safe Mode, hit F4
- Your PC will now boot into Safe Mode
Once you’ve booted into Windows in Safe Mode, you’re going to open the folder that you extracted DDU to.
In that folder, locate the and start the Display Driver Uninstaller Application.
The first time you run DDU, a bunch of options will pop-up.
You can leave these as-is, but we recommend:
- Unchecking Show offers from our partners
- Checking Prevent downloads from “Windows update” when “Windows” search for a driver for a device
Close the options once you’re finished.
In DDU, select the —Select device type— drop-down menu and hit “GPU”. This will auto-detect your AMD GPU.
If you just want to delete your AMD drivers (and reinstall them again after) hit ‘Clean and restart.’
If you’re installing a new graphics card, hit ‘Clean and shutdown.’
DDU will start the process of removing all AMD drivers. Once finished, your PC will shutdown.
If you’re installing a new graphics card, do so now.
Otherwise, reboot your system, and reinstall your AMD drivers.