How to Install NVIDIA Drivers Guide

Guest_Jim_* - 2013-05-05 18:58:48 in Video Cards
Category: Video Cards
Reviewed by: Guest_Jim_*   
Reviewed on: May 16, 2013

Community Guide Written by: 96andrei

Formatted for submission by: Guest_Jim_*

 

In this guide I will teach you how to download and install the drivers for your NVIDIA card.

Downloading the right NVIDIA drivers:

In this part of the guide I will show you how to download the correct drivers.

Use one of the following two methods. I suggest using the Normal (WHQL) drivers for non-advanced users.

 

A. Normal (WHQL) Drivers:

Step 1: Go to http://www.nvidia.com

Step 2: Move your cursor over the drivers menu and click GeForce Drivers.

You can now use the automatic GPU detection or the manual search.

Auto: Click "Auto-Detect Your GPU" and activate/allow any plugin/Java pop-ups. Your GPU will be detected and you can now click the Download Drivers button.

Manual: Select your GPU Series, Model, Operating System, and language, and click Start Search. Click agree and download on the next page.

Step 3: Download the drivers to your favorite directory.

 

B. Beta and Archived Drivers:

Step 1: Go to http://www.nvidia.com

Step 2: Move your cursor over the drivers menu and click "Beta & Legacy."

Step 3: Select your Series, Model, Operating System, Language, and click search.

You can now see almost every driver released for your GPU.

Step 4: Click on the name of the driver you need; usually it is the latest one.

Step 5: Click Download.

Step 6: Click Agree & Download. Save it to your favorite directory.

NOTE: NVIDIA has multiple paths for getting its drivers (GeForce Drivers, All Drivers etc.). The process is similar for each.

Installing/Updating Your NVIDIA Drivers:

In this part of the guide I will show you how to install or update the drivers.

Use one of the following two methods. I like the first one, but the second one may be easier for new users.

A. Installing the Normal/Classic Way:

Step 1: Run the file you downloaded.

Step 2: Choose an unpacking directory and click OK.

NOTE: This is not where the driver will be installed. The file you downloaded is an archive that contains the installer, which must be unpacked before being executred.

Step 3: Wait for your system to be scanned.

Step 4: You should now see the NVIDIA software license agreement. If not, you have downloaded the wrong drivers.

Click Agree and Continue

 

Choose your installation options.

Step 5: I suggest choosing the Express option for non-advanced users.

Step 5*: Custom (Advanced)

This page lets you choose what parts of the NVIDIA software you install. The Express option usually installs all of them.

The "Perform a clean installation" checkbox (if checked) will remove any custom settings you made for the driver before updating, similar to if you are installing a driver for the first time.

NOTE: You may see a Windows Security window. Click Install.

NOTE: Your driver will now be installed. Don't worry if your screen blinks or turns off. It is normal.

Step 6: You can see what was installed on your computer. Click close.

NOTE: If the installing/updating process fails, manually uninstall any NVIDIA drivers, restart the system, and either re-run the file you downloaded or navigate to where the driver was unpacked, and run "setup.exe" from there.

 

 

A. Installing from GeForce Experience:

This software helps you update your NVIDIA drivers and optimize some of your games.

Step 1: Go to http://www.nvidia.com

Step 2: Move your cursor over the drivers menu and click GeForce Experience.

Step 3: Click Download Now.

Step 4: Run the file.

Step 5: Click Agree and Continue.

Step 6: Click Launch.

Step 7: Go to the Drivers tab.

Step 8: Click check for updates.

Step 9: Select the Express or Custom option, which were explained earlier at Step 5 and Step 5*.

 

Other Update Methods:

 

Easy/Quick Update:

Step 1: Open your system tray.

Step 2: Right Click the NVIDIA logo (circled in image).

Step 3: Click Check for updates.

An NVIDIA Update or GeForce Experience window should appear.

You will see options similar to those described earlier on this page of the guide.

Restart your computer after any driver change. (The installation process will likely have asked you to do this.)