Please AMD: add a routine for deleting old driver Files

1 : Anonymous2021/11/18 21:32 ID: qx0659

Sure, this can't be done, if the user chose a different directory for extraction. But at least for the default directory on Windows (C:AMD) this would easily possible. The screenshot shows, how much data is stored after one and a half years.

Therefore please add a driver routine that after a successful upgrade the old files are deleted.

EDIT: like u/---fatal--- has stated, the installer of course knows it's current working directory, which is not a technical show-stopper as i described in the first line. Mistake i made. So there's no reason i can think of, why this isn't implemented in the driver bundle.

2 : Anonymous2021/11/19 04:42 ID: hl7te2b

Wow, just found free 10GB 😀

3 : Anonymous2021/11/19 00:41 ID: hl6ykbx

I wouldn't be surprised if this is intentional, so there's a central place for installers to revert in case of an issue, regardless of where the installer is originally downloaded to. But they leave it in a place that's easily accessible if you want to manually delete.

4 : Anonymous2021/11/19 05:14 ID: hl7wt48

Wow, thanks for the reminder. I had over 17GB of old installers myself.

5 : Anonymous2021/11/19 12:12 ID: hl8v5lp

53 gigabytes! I am glad I found this post.

6 : Anonymous2021/11/19 05:07 ID: hl7w4vl

Or... Just use DDU once every 6 months or revo uninstaller.

ID: hl7xjzx


ID: hl855s6

DisplayDriverUninstaller I'm using it with amd cleanup ulitlity before every driver install process just to be safe. It cleans up every residues the uninstaller couldn't delete. It's a really great tool to use.

7 : Anonymous2021/11/19 06:18 ID: hl835tt

Can you tell which program are you using in ss?

ID: hl8hff3


8 : Anonymous2021/11/19 09:33 ID: hl8ij9z

Noob here, hello! Does this affect performance? Or is it only space saving?

ID: hl8xbbv

Only space saving, no performance or other impact. When you install a driver, these files are decompressed and never deleted (until you do it manually).

9 : Anonymous2021/11/18 22:37 ID: hl6hsp9

You can always delete them manually, plus they are nice to have in case a driver has issues

ID: hl6p3qw

It should just keep the previous 3 or something by default. Nobody needs 30GB and counting.

ID: hl6rhhq

That's something everyone does how the person likes it. I myself never had to jump back to a previous version. Even if i had to, i would simply download this version.

ID: hl7rhsm

are previous versions not available for download anymore on their site or elsewhere?

10 : Anonymous2021/11/19 03:58 ID: hl7o7ab

its just bad practice on the driver team imo. why not just use the temp dir and they will be ready for deletion on the next disk cleanup. an easy to access online archive of drivers should be available for legacy purposes anyways.

11 : Anonymous2021/11/19 03:05 ID: hl7hcmz

Windows user moment

12 : Anonymous2021/11/18 23:41 ID: hl6ql7q

The check for update process that always runs and downloads, easy addition of a few lines to remove older versions, a simple driver tool I use has that feature built in, the fact AMD doesn't do it is pure incompetence as it has been brought up for YEARS.

13 : Anonymous2021/11/19 00:51 ID: hl6zw2z

This is a problem due to a combination of how Windows handles opened files (including running executables) along with Qt's LGPL/GPL license. They can't run the driver installer with a statically linked version of Qt so they make a separate "installer" (which just extracts itself) with a dynamically linked version of Qt. This is all just so they don't have to pay a high fee for using Qt.

And no, the installer can't delete itself upon completion because that's a Windows limitation.

14 : Anonymous2021/11/18 21:36 ID: hl68tmq

Don't they have a factory reset option or something like that?

ID: hl69emm

They do. Even when you select the Factory Reset option, it does not delete the old driver folder.

15 : Anonymous2021/11/19 01:21 ID: hl73p1j

We need amd to make separate DRIVER ONLY and + Adrenaline.

16 : Anonymous2021/11/18 23:28 ID: hl6ov9i

There is a tool called AMD Cleanup Utility. It might remove this stuff. It doesn't affect Chipset drivers though.

ID: hl6r99s

This removes literally every driver installed for AMD Components (besides mandatory chipset drivers), so this would be non-sense executing after a driver installation, because it would remove that as well and not only the extracted files.

17 : Anonymous2021/11/19 01:47 ID: hl772fd

Open C:AMD
Right Click the folder you with to delete
Click Delete

18 : Anonymous2021/11/18 23:58 ID: hl6syqu

expecting AMD to make competent software is like expecting china to hold democratic elections

ID: hl7ob97

hopefully the zilinx acquisition will help out in this department.

19 : Anonymous2021/11/19 00:59 ID: hl70wwg

Had issues with chipset drivers before. Literally broke the installation and caused major stability issues.

Went away after I cleaned that folder and tried once again to install them.

20 : Anonymous2021/11/19 02:47 ID: hl7ewmk

We don’t even have a field to manually limit max fps. We have a slider. This ain’t gonna happen anytime soon.

21 : Anonymous2021/11/19 06:40 ID: hl854ua

My installation routine:
download the driver.exe
extract with 7-zip in the DESKTOP
delete that folder

I always keep my desktop clean so it's impossible for me to not ignore temp heavy folders.

22 : Anonymous2021/11/19 08:09 ID: hl8cgsf

I like it the way it is. I delete them manually but I always keep the previous driver installer untill I'm sure the new one didn't break anything.

23 : Anonymous2021/11/19 08:32 ID: hl8e7w1

it is probly one of the historical technical habits. windows 9x was really poor in handling the inf and required dll files during a driver installation, it doesn't know the files were installed if something goes wrong with the devices (or removed) so win9x always refers to the original directory where the files came from when a device driver needs a reinstall. it was very common for pc builders to leave a folder with all the drivers installation files so that if any goes wrong, windows has a default directory to reinstall the drivers from. i believes since win2k/xp, it is able to handle those exceptions much better and rarely needs the original installation folder to exist anymore...

24 : Anonymous2021/11/19 08:38 ID: hl8eocf

you can delete them if you dont need them.

i use them to more quickly switch between driver versions without having to unpack or redownload again.

you dont need a routine, because it's just a select "C:AMD" folder and press DEL and you're done. do that once every 6 month is not asked too much. your whole screenshot'in and running dirstat and writing this post cost you more time than deleting an AMD driver installer folder 50 times.

but regardless of all the effort you made to complain already. there are people who do NOT want it deleted. so a blanket routine is out of the question anyway.

you are the owner of your filesystem so get yourself a batch routine going if you care so much.

26 : Anonymous2021/11/19 08:46 ID: hl8f866

i run CCleaner once in a while and it clears all that stuff automatically.

27 : Anonymous2021/11/19 09:46 ID: hl8jfwu

NVIDIA drivers were doing the same things a few years ago but then NVIDIA changed it and now it installs then delete the folder

28 : Anonymous2021/11/19 15:44 ID: hl9l5i3

There always must be a plethora of backup drivers for Miss Daisy!

29 : Anonymous2021/11/19 15:49 ID: hl9lwa6

Talk about life pro tip. Recovering so many Gb!

30 : Anonymous2021/11/19 16:10 ID: hl9p0r3

this is a non issue

31 : Anonymous2021/11/19 16:32 ID: hl9scwk

Windows update ?

32 : Anonymous2021/11/19 16:40 ID: hl9tj19

Nvidia is handling this much better…

33 : Anonymous2021/11/19 18:46 ID: hlad8cm

select AMD folder on the root of C:/ hold shift and press delete.

34 : Anonymous2021/11/18 23:07 ID: hl6m187

AMD's drivers evolve rapidly so having older drivers hanging around to fix unexpected compatibility issues is super handy. Alternatively, you know where they're at so there's not really anything stopping you deleting them yourself?

35 : Anonymous2021/11/18 23:32 ID: hl6pg7l

AMD's drivers evolve rapidly so having older drivers hanging around to fix unexpected compatibility issues is super handy

You just need one or two older drivers to fall back to. Nvidia releases new drivers just as often and they clean after themselves.

there's not really anything stopping you deleting them yourself

Most people aren't tech savvy. A lot of them don't know what's taking up disk space and what's safe to delete. This is just bullshit on AMD's part. Imagine if every program that updated itself left you garbage to delete manually. There is no excuse for this, this shouldn't happen.

36 : Anonymous2021/11/18 23:41 ID: hl6qnif

Sure there's nothing stopping me from doing it, but it's wasting time, to have spining up a tool like Wiztree and see manually which files are bloating your drive.

37 : Anonymous2021/11/19 17:06 ID: hl9xkw9

C:/AMD really doesn't look like a folder you should be deleting stuff from

38 : Anonymous2021/11/18 22:42 ID: hl6igcj

FYI, if you use the "Factory Install" option in the install process (which I always use) all AMD drivers currently installed are uninstalled before the newest driver is installed. I use this for every driver install and it seems to work extremely well. So, the option has always been there for Adrenalin users who are at least somewhat savvy about what's possible with the drivers, and has been possible for a long time. IMO, installing every new driver on top of the previous driver is the wrong way to go--but the choice is up to the user.

39 : Anonymous2021/11/18 22:55 ID: hl6kd3d

I've been afraid of using that option.

Does it delete all of your settings and history (like hours played, etc.)?

40 : Anonymous2021/11/19 01:37 ID: hl75u0k

There is an option to keep existing settings which is checked by default

41 : Anonymous2021/11/18 23:43 ID: hl6qwsa

The factory install is totally unrelated to the extraction of the driver itself and storing these files in the folder i mentioned. Those two things can exist separated from each other.

42 : Anonymous2021/11/18 21:36 ID: hl68wk7

If you see the last video about DLSS 2.3, you see that Nvidia implement NIS on their Driver and in Geforce Experience. To your screen and all games If you have a GTX GPU, AMD need to implement FSR in Radeon Software

FSR could be implemented to other uses and in a way that can be use in all games

43 : Anonymous2021/11/18 21:53 ID: hl6bcc1

You are way off topic...what does Nvidia image scaling have to do with AMD folder filling up with old drivers ? Lol

44 : Anonymous2021/11/19 00:32 ID: hl6xccq

What is so hard about selecting the folder and pressing shift+del, yeesh.

45 : Anonymous2021/11/19 03:01 ID: hl7gvco

the point OP is making is that the user shouldn’t have to - and most users probably don’t even know AMD isn’t picking up the trash after itself

the current state is just poo

software requirements - it should allow the user to choose many many prior drivers to keep and purge the rest

46 : Anonymous2021/11/19 10:55 ID: hl8oidt

the point OP is making is that the user shouldn’t have to - and most
users probably don’t even know AMD isn’t picking up the trash after

current state is just poo

software requirements - it should allow
the user to choose many many prior drivers to keep and purge the rest

Wasting time and space on the drive. It's not hard, i never said that. With wiztree it's easy recognized, but still annoying.

47 : Anonymous2021/11/19 01:11 ID: hl72ga9

Use a free program called DDU.

48 : Anonymous2021/11/19 02:37 ID: hl7dluq

Lol, our faces when amd fucks up and corrupts our windows instead.

49 : Anonymous2021/11/19 00:16 ID: hl6vak7

I always delete them right after finishing the installation.

50 : Anonymous2021/11/19 06:05 ID: hl81ylh

Display Driver uninstaller

51 : Anonymous2021/11/19 08:32 ID: hl8e7s0

Use DDU and/or Revo Uninstaller


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