How to Remove a Graphics Driver in Safe Mode Using Device Manager

Written by william hirsch
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If you have encountered a problem that denies access to driver removal in Windows 7, such as a virus or corrupted operating system, starting the PC in safe mode can alleviate your troubles. Safe mode is a start-up configuration of Windows that uses a bare-minimum number of files and drivers to operate the computer, including problematic programs. Drives allow a hardware device, such as a graphics-rendering video card, to communicate with the other components of the machine. Remove a driver in safe mode using Windows' Device Manager tool.

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    Click the "Start" button and select "Turn Off Computer" to restart the PC.

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    Press and hold "F8" on the keyboard before the Windows logo is displayed on start-up to enter the "Advanced Boot Options" screen.

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    Press the down-arrow key to highlight "Safe Mode Without Networking." Press the "Enter" key to start the computer in safe mode.

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    Click the "Start" button located in the Windows desktop and choose "Control Panel," then "System and Maintenance," and finally "Device Manager." The Device Manager window comes into view showing a list of hardware device categories.

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    Click the "Display Adapters" option and then double-click on the name of the graphics card installed on the computer. A device properties window opens.

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    Click the "Driver" tab within the device properties window and then press "Uninstall." Windows removes the video card driver. Restart Windows normally to return to ordinary computer use.

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