Unable to Install nVidia Video Driver!?

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  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
       #11

    I had exactly the same problem:
    meeshu said:
    Reinstalled Windows 7 64 bit SP1 with no issues. But I can't get nVidia video driver to install!? <...> On previous occasions (many months ago) I don't recall having major issues installing the nVidia video driver. <...> tried installing version 474.11, but failed to install drivers! <...> Then I clicked on the Setup executable within the C:\nVidia directory to actually install the driver, but nothing happens!?
    Literally, nothing happens at all - it just creates a small *.tmp file in the Temp folder after every installation attempt. Of course, this file isn't of any help. Trying to find some explanation, I have encountered this topic, which described my particular issue as much detailed as possible - but without any kind of solution. Thus, I had no other option than to resolve it on my own.

    According to NVIDIA's release notes, "Effective October 2021, Game Ready Driver upgrades, including performance enhancements, new features, and bug fixes, will be available for systems utilizing Maxwell, Pascal, Turing, and Ampere-series GPUs. Critical security updates will be available on systems utilizing desktop Kepler-series GPUs through September 2024." It could possibly be the reason, as mentioned above in this topic, so I tried to install the latest Game Ready Driver released before October 2021 - it worked fine. Then the first two Security Update Drivers after this date - no questions asked.

    The problem returned with the next version (August 2022), which was a chronological predecessor of v474.11 and behaved exactly the same way. So the issue has not been related to the switch to the Security Update Drivers. I wasted some more time and ran out of ideas. In the end, it appeared that the problem had nothing to do with any of the following:

    - missing KB updates;
    - *.inf files;
    - .NET Framework;
    - VC++ Runtimes, etc.

    Not that I tried it all.

    Code:
    <<< I couldn't find anything like spoiler here, so had to invent the wheel >>>
    
    Code:
    As an act of desperation, I downloaded the latest available version of the driver - and guess what?
    
    Code:
    At exactly the same point when v474.11 installation process preferred to just vanish,
    
    I received the mockingly straightforward error message:
    
    
    Code:
    "The signing certificates are not installed. Please install the required certificates."
    You what? Are you trying to tell me that all this time I was a couple of clicks away from the solution? Sure. Sad, but true. I just had to right-click the downloaded .exe file, check Properties -> Digital Signatures -> Details -> View Certificate, then press the "Install Certificate..." button and follow the instructions. It did the trick - as simple as that. It turned out that all NVIDIA drivers released since August 2022 were signed using different certificate (DigiCert Trusted Root G4). Of course, is has not been included into the fresh Windows 7 installation. But why that error message was not a part of all driver packages since the certificate change? You'd better ask NVIDIA... Just to complete the picture: the same driver version 474.11 installed smoothly on the same Windows 7, which has been running for several years before reinstallation. I was not into guessing the reason. Maybe that certificate was somehow included into Windows updates or installed in any other way - so good there's no need to figure it out.

    Still, you have to install at least KB4474419 in case you plan to use any drivers dated 2019+ or something, like this NVIDIA driver.
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  2. Posts : 733
    Windows 7 Pro 64-bit / Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (dual boot)
       #12

    This 2018-era graphics driver installs and works fine after doing a re-install of Windows 7 SP1 64-bit.

    GeForce Game Ready Driver | 391.35 | Windows 7 64-bit | NVIDIA
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