How to Uninstall and Reinstall Graphics Drivers Windows 11

Graphics drivers help your computer respond to your graphics card and show images. Gaming, video editing, graphic design, and other graphics-intensive jobs require them. However, sometimes graphics drivers can cause problems on your Windows 11 PC. They may become outdated, corrupted, incompatible or conflicting with other drivers or software. Poor performance, glitches, failures, crashes, or even a completely blank screen might occur from any of these problems. These problems may be resolved by uninstalling and reinstalling your graphics drivers. This can help you fix the issues and improve your graphics quality and stability. In this article, we’ll show you how to uninstall and reinstall graphics drivers on Windows 11 using different methods. We’ll also explain when you should do this and what precautions you should take before proceeding.

Uninstall and Reinstall Graphics Drivers Windows 11

Uninstall and Reinstall Graphics Drivers in Windows 11

Are you having trouble with your graphics card on Windows 11? Do you want to update, downgrade or switch your graphics drivers for better performance or compatibility? Do you want to resolve an issue that might be associated with your video card drivers? If you replied "yes" to any of these questions, it's possible that Windows 11's graphics drivers need to be uninstalled and reinstalled. In this article, we’ll show you how to do that using different methods. We’ll also explain when you should do this and what precautions you should take before proceeding. By the end of this article, you’ll be able to uninstall and reinstall graphics drivers on Windows 11 with ease and confidence.

When Should You Uninstall and Reinstall Graphics Drivers?

There are various reasons to remove and reinstall Windows 11 graphics drivers. Some are:

  1. You want the newest graphics drivers for greater performance or compatibility.
  2. Because the current graphics driver is producing issues or is incompatible with your hardware or software, you wish to downgrade.
  3. You want to switch graphics card manufacturers, such as NVIDIA to AMD or vice versa, and you need to uninstall the old drivers before installing the new ones.
  4. You want to clean up your system from leftover files or registry entries that may be slowing down your PC or causing conflicts.
  5. You want to troubleshoot your graphics drivers. (for example, a blue screen of death, a game crash or a display error).
  6. Uninstalling and reinstalling graphics drivers takes only a few minutes. However, you should always back up your important data and create a system restore point before doing this. This way, you can restore your system if something goes wrong.

How to Uninstall Graphics Drivers Using Device Manager

One of the easiest ways to uninstall graphics drivers on Windows 11 is using Device Manager. Device Manager is a built-in tool that lets you manage all the devices and drivers on your PC. You can use it to uninstall any device driver, including graphics drivers.

To uninstall graphics drivers using Device Manager, follow these steps:

  • Open the Power menu using the Win + X hotkey.
  • Choose Device Manager from the menu.
  • Double-click the category with the device driver you want to remove (for example, Display adapters).
  • Right-click on the device (for example, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti) and choose Uninstall device from the context menu.
  • Check the box that says Delete the driver software for this device if you want to remove the driver files as well.
  • Click Uninstall to confirm.
The selected driver will be completely removed from your system. You may need to restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

How to Uninstall Graphics Drivers Using Settings App

Another way to uninstall graphics drivers on Windows 11 is using the Settings app. The Settings app is the central hub for almost all Windows settings. You can use it to manage preferences, configure the OS and control the connected devices. The Settings app also lets you manually uninstall any application or driver on your PC.

To uninstall graphics drivers using the Settings app, follow these steps:

  • Open the Settings app using one of the many ways to open settings on Windows 11 (for example, by pressing Win + I).
  • Choose Apps from the left panel.
  • Select Installed apps.
  • Here you will find all the applications and drivers installed on your PC.
  • Locate and click on the three dots next to the driver you want to uninstall (for example, NVIDIA Graphics Driver).
  • Choose Uninstall from the context menu.
  • Click Uninstall again to confirm.
The selected driver will be uninstalled from your system. You may need to restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

How to Reinstall Graphics Drivers on Windows 11

You might need to reinstall your graphics drivers after deleting them in order to get your graphics card to function correctly once again. Depending on where the drivers came from, there are many methods for reinstalling graphics drivers on Windows 11.

How to Reinstall Graphics Drivers from Windows Update

Windows Update automatically updates Windows 11 and other Microsoft software. It also provides drivers for many devices, including graphics cards.

To reinstall graphics drivers from Windows Update, follow these steps:

  • Open Settings using one of the many ways to open settings on Windows 11 (for example, by pressing Win + I).
  • Click on Windows Update from the left panel.
  • Click the Check for updates button on the right side.
  • Wait for Windows Update to scan for available updates and drivers.
  • If there are any driver updates available for your graphics card, they will appear under the Optional updates section.
  • Click on the Driver updates section header to expand it.
  • Check the box next to the driver update you want to install (for example, NVIDIA Graphics Driver).
  • Click the Download & install button.
Windows Update will download and install the selected driver update on your PC. You may need to restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

How to Reinstall Graphics Drivers from Manufacturer Website

Another way to reinstall graphics drivers on Windows 11 is to download them from the manufacturer website. This is suggested if you require the newest or special driver version not accessible through Windows Update.

Follow the steps below to reinstall graphics drivers from the manufacturer's website:

  • Visit your graphics card manufacturer's support webpage in your browser. (for example, NVIDIA, AMD or Intel).
  • Find and download the driver package that matches your graphics card model and Windows 11 version.
  • Save the driver package to a convenient location on your PC (for example, your Downloads folder).
  • Double-click on the driver package file to launch the installer.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.
  • Restart your PC if prompted.

The driver package will install the latest or specific version of the driver for your graphics card on your PC.

How to Reinstall Graphics Drivers from Manufacturer App

Some graphics card manufacturers also provide apps that can help you download and install drivers for your graphics card on Windows 11. These apps can also offer additional features such as optimizing games, recording gameplay or updating firmware.

Follow the following steps in order to reinstall graphics drivers using a program provided by the manufacturer:

  • Open your web browser, then navigate to the website of the graphics card manufacturer, and choose the "Support" tab. (for example, NVIDIA, AMD or Intel).
  • Find and download the app that matches your graphics card model and Windows 11 version (for example, GeForce Experience, Radeon Software or Intel Driver & Support Assistant).
  • Save the app file to a convenient location on your PC (for example, your Downloads folder).
  • Double-click on the app file to launch the installer.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.
  • Launch the app from your Start menu or desktop shortcut.
  • In the app, look for an option to download or update drivers for your graphics card (for example, Drivers tab in GeForce Experience, Updates tab in Radeon Software or Check for new drivers button in Intel Driver & Support Assistant).
  • Select or check the driver update you want to install (for example, Game Ready Driver in GeForce Experience, Recommended or Optional in Radeon Software or Latest version in Intel Driver & Support Assistant).
  • Click on the download or install button (for example, Download in GeForce Experience, Install Now in Radeon Software or Download Now in Intel Driver & Support Assistant).

The app will download and install the selected driver update on your PC. You may need to restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

How to Check Driver Installation on Windows 11

After reinstalling your graphics drivers on Windows 11, you may want to check if they are installed correctly and working properly. You can do this using Device Manager or Settings app.

Using Device Manager, check driver installation by doing the following steps:

  • The Device Manager may be accessed in many different types of ways.
  • You can launch Device Manager in a number of ways in Windows 11, including by hitting Win + X and selecting Device Manager from the resulting menu.
  • Expand the category with the device driver you want to check (for example, Display adapters).
  • Right-click on the device (for example, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti) and choose Properties from the context menu.
  • In the Properties window, click on the Driver tab.
  • Here you can see the driver details, such as provider, date, version and digital signer.
  • You can also click on the Update Driver button to check for any available updates for your driver.
  • If you want to roll back to a previous version of the driver, you can click on the Roll Back Driver button (this option is only available if you have updated your driver recently).
  • Click OK to close the Properties window.

To check driver installation using Settings app, follow these steps:

  • Open Settings using one of the many ways to open settings on Windows 11 (for example, by pressing Win + I).
  • Click on System from the left panel.
  • Select Devices from the right side.
  • Under the Devices section, click on Device Manager.
  • Follow steps 2 to 8 from the previous method.

Conclusion

In this article, we have shown you how to uninstall and reinstall graphics drivers on Windows 11 using different methods. We have also explained when you should do this and what precautions you should take before proceeding. We hope this article has helped you solve your graphics driver issues and improve your graphics quality and stability on Windows 11.