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NVIDIA Drivers - Avoid Problems

How to Avoid NVIDIA Driver Problems
Published by essenbe
03 Apr 2014
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How to Avoid NVIDIA Driver Problems

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This tutorial will show you how to do a clean install of NVIDIA graphics drivers for those having problems with the drivers.

Here's How:

1. Download the driver you want to install from your computer manufacturer or from
See also: Latest NVIDIA ForceWare Video Drivers Windows 7
2. 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.
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3. Next go to your "C" dive and there should be a folder named Nvidia.
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4. 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.
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5. Delete all of the folders with numbers but Do Not delete the Display Driver Folder itself.

6. Next go to Control Panel (category View) and Uninstall a Program
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7. Scroll down to the Nvidia drivers and begin to uninstall them but read the info box below before you start.

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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.
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8. When you uninstall the Graphics driver, Windows will request a reboot, do so. Upon reboot Windows will install a graphics adapter, that is good.

9. Open the new driver you downloaded, agree to terms and select custom install. Under custom install uncheck everything except the Graphics driver, PhysX and GeForce experience, if you want that. Be sure the 'CLEAN INSTALL' box is checked
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10. Your set up should look like this.
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11. 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.

03 Apr 2014   #1

windows 7 home 64bit

Nice work Steve

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03 Apr 2014   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maxie View Post
Nice work Steve
Thanks very much, Maxie. It's my first and most likely needs some work.
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03 Apr 2014   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Good job Steve, especially the Windows update part.
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03 Apr 2014   #4

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04 Apr 2014   #5

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit

Will help for GPU upgrades. Thanks essenbe.
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04 Apr 2014   #6

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint

You're quite welcome.
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04 Apr 2014   #7

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1

Nice Steve this will help a lot of people with issues of late
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04 Apr 2014   #8

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint

Thanks Tommy, I hope it will.
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05 Apr 2014   #9

Windows 10 Pro X64

Great tutorial Steve. Bookmarked to point users here
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