Drivers and Software

How to Uninstall AMD Drivers in Safe Mode

To uninstall AMD drivers in Safe Mode, you can use the Device Manager in Windows or AMD’s own cleanup utility. Here’s how to do it using both methods:

Using Device Manager:

  1. Boot into Safe Mode:
    • Restart your computer.
    • For Windows 10/11, hold down the Shift key while you click “Restart” on the sign-in screen or in the Start menu.
    • Navigate to Troubleshoot -> Advanced options -> Startup Settings and click on “Restart.”
    • After your PC restarts, select a version of Safe Mode by pressing the corresponding number key (4 for Safe Mode, 5 for Safe Mode with Networking).
  2. Open Device Manager:
    • Once in Safe Mode, right-click the Start button and select “Device Manager” from the list, or press Windows Key + X and then press M.
  3. Uninstall AMD Graphics Driver:
    • In Device Manager, expand the “Display adapters” section.
    • Right-click on your AMD graphics card and select “Uninstall device.”
    • Check the box that says “Delete the driver software for this device” if available, and click “Uninstall.”

Using AMD Cleanup Utility:

Before you enter Safe Mode, it’s a good idea to download the AMD Cleanup Utility from AMD’s official website.

  1. Boot into Safe Mode (as described above).
  2. Run the AMD Cleanup Utility:
    • Run the AMD Cleanup Utility you’ve downloaded before entering Safe Mode.
    • The utility will provide prompts to remove AMD driver components.
    • Follow the instructions to remove the drivers.
  3. Reboot Your Computer:
    • After uninstalling the drivers, reboot your computer. Windows will load with the basic display driver.

Important Notes:

  • Backup: Before using either method, it’s a good idea to back up any important data. Uninstalling drivers shouldn’t affect your personal files, but it’s always better to be safe.
  • Download Drivers: If you plan to reinstall drivers, make sure you have the installer for the latest drivers downloaded from AMD’s website before starting this process.
  • Restoring Functionality: After uninstalling AMD drivers, your screen resolution might be limited, and advanced graphics features will not be available until you reinstall drivers.
  • Use Safe Mode with Networking: If you think you’ll need to download drivers or tools during the process, choose “Safe Mode with Networking” to have internet access.

Uninstalling drivers in Safe Mode is often done when a driver is causing issues or if you’re preparing to install a new driver and want to ensure there are no conflicts. After uninstalling the AMD drivers, your system will revert to using basic display drivers upon restart.

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