Presumably ATI suggests it because it's good practice for any program. Old parts of programs should
not be left lying around on a system, bits may be discontinued and therefore not be upgraded by an
install, yet may be still referenced somewhere. It's especially important with device drivers
because they're so fundamental to proper PC operation.
Don't you think it's rather a silly reason not to get an ATI card though? Not least because Nvidia
themselves tell you to do exactly the same thing:
page 31 of the PDF / 25 of the document. I haven't checked their driver readmes, but I guess this
effectively limits you to an XGI / S3 / Matrox card for your next upgrade :-)
> Wonder why ATI suggests you uninstall the old before you put in the new. Not
> to start a flaming war or anything but, I am using an oldish GForce 4 card.
> I have installed over 20 sets of drivers for this card, always "on top" of
> the old ones. Never had any problems.
> What you state is one of the reasons I have never purchased an ATI video
> Now, if they were ever to change......
> > Every so often ATI releases a new driver for their graphics cards. So I
> > download it and uninstall
> > the previous one, as you're supposed to. This requires a reboot. When the
> > machine has restarted,
> > Windows recognises that there's a device with no driver - but instead of
> > just using a small default
> > graphics card driver, it uses my broadband connection to go straight to
> > Windows Update without
> > asking me, downloads a driver for the card, and installs it! This is an
> > utterly pointless step since
> > I'm about to install the latest driver anyway, which usually won't be on
> > Windows Update for months.
> > How can I stop Windows automatically installing drivers from Windows
> > Update like this? A prompt
> > before dowload and another before install at least would be courteous.
> > Andrew