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Doing what I said You shouldn't (DDU)

I know I... and for that matter  …pretty much everyone online said:

Use DDU (Display Driver Uninstaller) to remove every bit and crumb of the old drivers. Only then, fresh install.
What do you know? That's the right way. But... I wanted to do a controversial video and test out a thing or two.

I did what You ought not.

I hit update on Adrenalin and let it do its thing. Update.


I arrived at 22.8.1 and played games, old, new. Looked OK. No crashes, yet!
I went to Davinci Resolve and... no Joy.  But its a known issue.


Time to roll back using, AH! 🤣 Windows Restore. What a mess.

…or not.

I have now the 22.5.1 WHQL because I need to keep editing. Luckily 22.8.2 seems to have that sorted out.

What's the point of all this.


I'm yet to encounter any problem with not using DDU at all. Although, if you change from nvidia to AMD or vice versa, DDU is highly recommended. From a RX480 to a RX6800 I just updated the drivers to see how it goes and specially how good is the update feature on Adrenalin.

Q: What are your thoughts? Should you do it (DDU) every time?

The Englishman
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Volunteer Moderator

I use DDU regularly, but I don't think it is always necessary. I use it because the few times I used the updater in Adrenaline I had some serious issues. They ranged from artifacting to Adrenaline crashing. This time, from 22.8.1 to 22.8.2, I had an issue where Adrenaline crashed four times in a row even after restarting my PC. It is always worth trying the update tool in Adrenaline so you can keep profiles and settings, but I don't hesitate to use DDU and AMD Cleanup Utility if I run into issues. So far this version has been solid. This being said all I have played is Project Zomboid. 

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I can't remember the last time I've used DDU .. but it did help resolve a driver issue I was having on my wife's setup by cleaning up all the driver doo residue .. 

IF you ARE having odd GPU related issues's a great go-to to give yourself a clean slate to troubleshoot from if nothing else. A clean slate is might of all you needed to resolve your issue.

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I've always used the Adrenalin update feature and never had a problem with it. I've never used DDU.

Volunteer Moderator

Same here.

As Albert Einstein said, "I could have done so much more with a Big Al's Computer!".

I only use DDU when things get *really* funky.

Tend to just use regular factory reset with the internet unplugged otherwise

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