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Beware of Driver Sweeper on Windows 7
Old 22 January 2011, 06:08   #1
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If you're using Driver Sweeper to clean up drivers on Windows 7, be aware that Driver Sweeper may prevent you from installing service packs. Driver Sweeper wipes Windows 7's built-in display drivers, which are considered as "system files". Service pack 1 and upcoming service packs run integrity check on system files, and if it detects any missing files it won't let you install and display the following error message: "Service Pack Installation Cannot Continue (one or more system components that service pack requires are missing)".

If you're already a victim of this issue, please consult x:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log to determine which files you need to restore in-order to install Service Pack 1 check out the update below.

We recommend that you avoid automatic driver cleaners. If you would like to clean up driver data, we suggest that you do it manually from the registry editor. There is no need to delete files. But in fact, we also have a recommendation for vendors: Please provide proper uninstallers with your drivers, so there won't be any need for driver cleaners.

Update: We received a reply from the author of Driver Sweeper: "Since version 2.6.0, I think I added some entries from the DriverStore because ATi stores some settings files there. However, a few days ago I heard from some people not being able to install SP1 after running Driver Sweeper. I investigated the problem and found out that the installer checks for missing content from several directories. This is also the reason I released version 2.8.5 as quickly as possible. The entries required for SP1 are removed from the database so they will not be cleaned anymore.

For the unlucky people, I created a topic at my forum to help to resolve these problems."

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Old 22 January 2011, 13:50   #2
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Agreed.
I've used so called driver sweepers, and also used VonModded drivers for ATi/AMD (which are using a cleaner incorporated with them - made by TwL) and I'm facing exactly this kind of problems.
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Old 22 January 2011, 14:52   #3
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"sfc /scannow" run?
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Old 22 January 2011, 15:11   #4
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"sfc /scannow" run?
Already tried it, but it didn't fix all the problems introduced by the 'cleaners' (e.g. reg entries).
I'm afraid I would need to reinstall (and since I've Win7 SP1 slipstreamed it won't be a problem).
Already tried to fix the errors via verifying CBS log files and logs from the Update Readiness tool...
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the LDDM driver can easily be restored from the windows 7 setup disk without a format (not that i've tried)

anyway this is only the case on a system where you have been stupid enough to grant full access to the driver store folder.
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Old 22 January 2011, 17:57   #6
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I know driver repositories can be restored, however if your registry is 'cleaned' too much.... well... then you are literally f...ed
Anyway - have not reinstalled my OS since about 1 or 2 years - already backed up all my data and user-specific settings so the most annoying part will be to install all the appz once done.
Anyway - thanks mkey for your idea
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I know driver repositories can be restored, however if your registry is 'cleaned' too much.... well... then you are literally f...ed
Anyway - have not reinstalled my OS since about 1 or 2 years - already backed up all my data and user-specific settings so the most annoying part will be to install all the appz once done.
Anyway - thanks mkey for your idea
This is a big part of the reason why I keep the OS installed on its own HD, separate from programs and documents. Reinstalling is much less of a pain in the ass. You still have to worry about migrating your old registry entries to a new install, backing up and restoring your %APPDATA% and %LOCALAPPDATA% etc. folders, and reinstalling some common stuff like MSVCRT updates and drivers, but that's it. The only downside to this is that, when installing programs, the installation directory will always default to the OS HD/partition, and you have to change it manually every time.

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Old 22 January 2011, 22:28   #8
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That's why i'm not using this kind of tools. They usually clean too much. Anyway i never had a problems with install any driver. Oh sorry, there was one problem: for some time ati was releasing vista driver and its installer had a problem with installation on windows vista and 7.
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I never had issues with driver sweeper on XP. Quite the opposite actually.
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Old 23 January 2011, 11:29   #10
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They made a new build: Driver Sweeper 2.8.5

Changelog:

Updated:

Improved ATi - Display cleaning.
Improved nVidia - Display cleaning.
Improved Microsoft - Keyboard cleaning.

Fixed:

Not able to restore all files and directories.
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 issues.
Backup size information not placed correctly after resizing main window.
Empty border around the main window (Windows XP).
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