How to Install AMD Drivers Guide
Reviewed by: Guest_Jim_*
Reviewed on: May 21, 2013
Community Guide Written by: EuroFight
Formatted for submission by: Guest_Jim_*
This guide will cover downloading and installing new drivers for AMD graphics cards and APUs.
Removing AMD Catalyst Drivers:
At this point, there is no way to update AMD graphics drivers without removing the old software before installing the new software.
Step 1: Navigate to Start > Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a program (Windows Vista and newer) or Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP).
Step 2: Double-click on AMD Catalyst Install Manager.
Step 3: Click 'Next' on the first page of the uninstaller.
Step 4: Select 'Express Uninstall ALL AMD Software', and click 'Next'.
Step 5: Click 'OK' on the dialog that appears. The screen may flash during uninstallation, and the resolution of your monitor will likely be reverted to a different resolution than you had it previously set to (often 800*600 or 1024*768).
Step 6: Reboot the computer to complete the uninstallation. Read on for the instructions to install new drivers.
Downloading AMD Drivers
AMD drivers are included in a piece of software called AMD Catalyst. AMD Catalyst does a great deal more than just graphics drivers, but in this guide we will only cover the basics of installing and updating the software suite.
Step 1: Navigate to the AMD Catalyst website, the link can be found here.
Step 2: Click on the 'Download Now' graphic in the middle of the screen. It should be quite easy to spot.
Step 3: You should arrive at a page detailing all the AMD drivers available for current graphics cards.
Step 4: Select the appropriate download for your operating system and video card. Some video card series require different drivers than others, so the HD 7000, HD 6000, and HD 5000 series have separate drivers than the HD 4000, HD 3000, and HD 2000. If you would like to install the latest Beta driver, click on the appropriate download button. Be aware though that the Beta drivers are not always as stable as official releases, and could cause your computer to crash or catch fire. (Okay, perhaps not the catch fire bit, but they are 'beta' for a reason.) For the interests of this guide, I will be using the non-beta HD7000, HD6000 and HD5000 series drivers for Windows 7 64-bit for reference, however the process should be similar for all driver versions.
Step 5: Click on the 'Catalyst Software Suite' download button. The download button for the latest beta driver is also on this page, if you want to risk instability for the latest and greatest driver.
Step 6: If you are using Internet Explorer, click 'Run' or 'Save' in the dialog box that appears. In Chrome or Firefox, you just need to click on the download when it has completed.
Installing Your AMD Drivers:
(Steps 1-6 are concerned with finding and downloading the drivers, and are on the previous page.)
Step 7: You may receive a security warning dialog box or UAC warning, but go ahead and click the 'Run' or similar button. You can trust that the drivers downloaded from AMD's site are genuine.
Step 8: Select a temporary folder for the software to extract installation files to, then click 'Install'. Note that this is not the install directory, and can be deleted after the software is fully installed.
Step 9: After the installer has extracted, a new window should open showing the Catalyst Install Manager. Select your language and click 'Next'.
Step 10: Select 'Install' on the 'Select Installation Operation' window, if it appears.
Step 11: Select 'Express' on the 'Installer Welcome' screen, and type in your Preferred Install Location, if you wish to use it, then click 'Next'. Dismiss the message 'The folder does not exist', if it appears, by clicking 'Yes'. Advanced users can customize the installation by selecting 'Custom', but in the interests of simplicity, we will be using the 'Express' selection.
Step 12: The installer should begin installing your software. At points, the installer may appear to freeze, but do not be too quick to assume so. Sometimes the installer will freeze for up to five minutes, depending on the speed of your system. The screen may also flash or go blank during the installation of display drivers. This is usual for the installer -- don't worry, it hasn't broken your computer, however you might have to rearrange the icons on your desktop afterwards.
Step 13: Eventually, the installer should finish the installation process. Click 'Finish', and a page may load in your web browser asking to register your installation. This is not necessary, however you may register if you wish.
Step 14: If the installation was successful, you should see the AMD Vision icon in your system tray. Some features may be unavailable until you reboot your computer, and you can delete the temporary Catalyst installation folder at this point.