How to Avoid NVIDIA Driver Problems

Written by:  Steve Williams

Introduction:

I work every day with consumers, mostly with hardware problems. The one area of hardware I have had the most problems with have been graphics card problems. Many of the consumers are having problems with Graphics drivers, and in many cases it is simply left over drivers having conflicts with the current driver. So, I scoured the internet and gained ideas from numerous sites and came up with what I have found to be the easiest and best way to do a clean install of new drivers and getting rid of the older drivers at the same time. I have found it solves a lot of problems and has worked well for many of them.

As you read this, it will sound complicated and time-consuming, but it is not at all. I use this when I install new drivers and it takes less than 5 minutes after you download the new drivers.

  • Download the driver you want to install from your computer manufacturer or from NVIDIA.com.

See also: Latest NVIDIA ForceWare Video Drivers Windows 7

  • The first thing to do is open Windows Updates, in the left column click change settings, in the drop down box select check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them. The purpose of this is to keep Windows update from automatically installing a driver. We do not want conflicts with drivers.

  • Next, go to your “C” drive and there should be a folder named NVIDIA.

 

Next go to your C drive

  • Open the folder and you will find a folder named ‘Display Drivers’, inside that folder will be all the drivers you have installed designated by number.
  • Delete all of the folders with numbers but Do Not delete the Display Driver Folder itself.

Adjust your computer settings

  • Scroll down to the NVIDIA drivers and begin to uninstall them but read the info box below before you start.

Important Information:

If you have an NVIDIA chipset, DO NOT uninstall the chipset driver only the Display drivers. Also, uninstall all of the display type drivers but BE SURE TO UNINSTALL THE GRAPHICS DRIVER LAST.

 

NVdia chipset fig2

  • When you uninstall the Graphics driver, Windows will request a reboot, do so. Upon reboot Windows will install a graphics adapter.
  • Open the new driver you downloaded, agree to terms and select custom install. Under Custom installation options, uncheck everything except the Graphics driver, PhysX and GeForce experience, if you want that. Be sure the ‘Perform a Clean Installation‘ box is checked.

 

NVdia Installer

  • Your set up should look like this.

NVdia graphics driver

  • Click next and begin the installation, after which you will reboot. This should give you a clean install of your drivers. You can now re set Windows Update to your preferred setting, as you are through.
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