Computer is Crashing...Driver Cleanup For Windows 7?

#1
I had a period of about two weeks with Windows 7 without any crashing, but I've been switching video drivers back and forth for the past couple of days trying to find which ones I want to use, and it's gotten to the point where my computer has been crashing at least twice a day, and its been in a game every time. I'm thinking it has to do with driver remnants hanging around on my comp, are there any driver cleanup programs for Windows 7 yet? Also, I want to know how to disable Windows 7 from automatically installing drivers for my graphics card... that could be the problem in itself.

The only other thing I think can think of that could be causing the crashing is that I was testing overclocked my computer around the same time I started playing around with the drivers... Cool and Quiet kept my CPU from barely ever using the overclocking though because my CPU is so fast and I have a really nice heat sink (thermaltake V1). I removed the overclocking after the first crash I experienced, and I've experienced like 8 since then so I'm doubting it's CPU related.

Thanks for any help!
 


#2
You can remove the drivers via the device manager. Open the device manager, open the hardware related, and click "remove drivers". I would NOT RECOMMEND you to use 3rd party applications for driver managing in Win7, as drivers are tricky as f*ck, and Win7 is still RC...

How to stop Win7 from installing drivers by itself:

Control Panel > System and Maintenance > System > Advanced system settings > Hardware tab > Windows Update Driver Settings button > adjust setting as desired.
 


#3
That file path doesn't exist in Windows 7. I have system/advanced system settings/hardware ...but there isn't any windows update driver settings there.
 


SIW2

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That will only stop Windows downloading driver updates - it will not stop it reinstalling anything already on your system.

You need to move them manually.

You will find any drivers it has downloaded so far in ( if it's your D drive, obviously)

"D:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download"

Any drivers installed with 7 are in

"D:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository"

you could try this - probably won't need it :

Guru3D - Driver Sweeper
 


#5
thanks, that didn't fix it... but my nVidia graphics drivers won't install until I've installed the Microsoft drivers first anyway... new to me, but w/e. I installed the new forceware drivers from guru3d.com, hopefully no more crashes :(
 


SIW2

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#6
Sadly, as I mentioned , that doesn't stop windows installing the drivers it already has - just the ones from Windows Update.

Glad you got the new drivers installed - hope it works out for you.
 


#7
nope... just went into a Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor game and sure enough 5 minutes into a 2v2 my computer makes the hanging noise and shows me a black screen with the comp still turned on. I'm running a Phenom II 440, 4gb corsair dominator, GTX 285 running COH on high settings... so there's absolutely no way its overheating or too heavy on resources related. I had just played an hour of Left 4 Dead without any issues. WTF?!?!

This happened on GeForce Forceware 186.18 WHQL Win 7 | Vista (64-bit)
 


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#8
Why do I have to install Microsoft drivers before the nVidia drivers will recognize that I have one of their GPUs in my computer? My computer installs the Microsoft drivers and requires a restart... and then I am allowed to install the nVidia drivers and they install without requiring me to restart... all that I can tell that has changed is that it gives me the nVidia control panel.

I feel very strongly that my problem lies with the fact that I've tried to use several different drivers and parts of them are hanging around on my computer, how do I fix this short of having to reformat?
 


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#9
I deleted my nVidia folder after uninstalling the drivers and (knock on wood) no more crashes
 


#10
...another crash today, this is a really serious issue. I have about a 40% chance of crashing out of COH when I play. I'm out of ideas, please help!!!
 


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