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I recently noticed that Nvidia uses a lot of space on my main drive.

It looks like files from previous installations weren't removed. I tried to download the latest version and install it with "clean installation" checked. It freed a few gigabytes but most of the files are still there.

I also tried to uninstall all the Nvidia softwares from the Control Panel and do a clean install next but nothing changed.

Right now I still have :

  • 11.3GB in C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation

  • 38 folders of 300-400MB in C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository

Is there a way to remove old NVIDIA drivers, to save disk space or to prepare for a clean install?

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There is a tool called Display Driver Uninstaller - DDU which removes really all files that each Driver installation puts on the HDD when the official uninstaller still leaves files left or the offical uninstallers fail:

Display Driver Uninstaller is a driver removal utility that can help you completely remove AMD/NVIDIA/Intel graphics card drivers and packages from your system, without leaving leftovers behind (including registry keys, folders and files, and the driver store).

The AMD/NVIDIA/Intel video drivers can normally be uninstalled from the Windows Control panel, this driver uninstaller program was designed to be used in cases where the standard driver uninstall fails, or whenever you need to thoroughly delete Intel, nVidia or ATI/AMD video card drivers. The current effect after you use this driver removal will be similar as if its the first time you install a new driver just like a fresh, clean install of Windows. As with any tool of this kind, we recommend creating a new system restore point before using it, so that you can revert your system at any time if you run into problems.

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Another method is to use Driver Store Explorer (RAPR). (Note - I have no affiliation with this product). This lists the drivers and lets you select ones to remove.

I didn't try this personally, but I read on other sites that if you try to remove a driver that is in use it will fail, so there is not really any risk here of accidentally uninstalling drivers that are not old.

RAPR screenshot

Don't ask me why there are 30 copies of the same driver version with the same date taking up 15 GB of space, but I removed them all (just leaving the latest one) and didn't encounter any problems.

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