How to Update your NVIDIA Graphic Drivers

Nvidia Graphic Drivers

NVIDIA is one of the most popular graphic chipsets on the market. However, to get the most of the chipset, you should make sure to update the NVIDIA graphic drivers. The latest updates often bring bug fixes as well as new features to optimize the performance of the graphics card. Moreover, keeping the NVIDIA graphic drivers also ensures that it is compatible with your latest peripherals. Here we show you a few methods to update your NVIDIA graphic drivers.

Before we begin …

It is very important to know the model number of the NVIDIA graphics card installed on your desktop or laptop. To know about the model number, you need to open a Run dialog box, enter dxdiag and hit Enter.

Dx Diagnostic Nvidia Drivers Update

A “DirectX Diagnostic Tool” will open. You need to head over to the “Display 2” tab. Here you will find all the information related to the graphics driver installed on your PC. Note that the “Display 1” tab may show you the low-powered or integrated Intel graphic driver details.

Nvidia Drivers Update Version

Now that you know details about the NVIDIA graphics driver installed on your PC, let us check out the methods that you can go through to keep it up to date.

Update NVIDIA drivers manually

This one is a bit of a lengthy process. If you wish to update the NVIDIA graphic drivers manually, then you need to visit their official website and download the recent drivers.

1. Go to the NVIDIA GeForce Driver Download page. Opening the website, you will find two options: Automatic Driver Updates and Manual Driver Search. You need to shift your focus to the second option for this method.

Nvidia Drivers Update Manual

2. Perform a driver search manually by entering all the details asked about the NVIDIA driver installed on your PC. In case you do not find the drivers for your NVIDIA graphic card, you can head over here, which displays drivers for every graphic card.

Manual Search

The results will show you the latest and best drivers available for the NVIDIA graphic chipset installed on your PC. Hit the Download button and install it on your PC for optimal NVIDIA graphics performance. You can learn more about the update in the below “Release Highlight” section.

Latest Nvidia Drivers Update

Update NVIDIA drivers using GeForce Experience

To make things really simple, NVIDIA has a GeForce Experience software that is meant to complement your NVIDIA driver. It is an all-in-one tool that lets you video record, take a screenshot, do live streams, and update NVIDIA drivers.

  1. Download the GeForce Experience by visiting the website here. Once the application is installed, launch it.
Nvidia Geforce Experience Login

2. You will be asked to log in or sign up to continue. There are multiple options, like signing in using Google, Facebook, WeChat, or QQ. After logging in, go to the Drivers tab within the tool and hit the “CHECK FOR UPDATES” button. This will install the latest NVIDIA graphic drivers on your PC.

Update Drivers

Update using Windows Update

Many times, NVIDIA bundles its updates with Windows updates, so it is always better to keep your Windows PC updated whenever a new update notification pops up.

You can check for Windows updates by going to “Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update.”

Windows Update 1

Update using DDU (Display Driver Uninstaller)

Thanks to Wagnard and his team for developing DDU software. DDU stands for Display Driver Uninstaller. It basically helps you completely remove AMD (ATI), NVIDIA and Intel graphics drivers, and Realtek audio driver from your system. The software does not leave any leftovers behind.

Ddu Logo

The leftover files, such as registry keys, folders, files, and driver store, could cause compatibility issues, reducing the performance of GPU and much more. It is better to provide your graphic driver with a clean slate.

However, before using DDU, make sure that you have downloaded the driver for your NVIDIA graphic card as per your GPU and OS configuration. Once that is done, download DDU on your PC by clicking here.

If you are using Windows 10, then disconnect your PC from the Internet. This is done in order to prevent Windows from automatically downloading GPU drivers.

Extract and install DDU. Open the tool, and instead of simply clicking the remove button, check out the options on how DDU removes drivers.

Ddu Options

After going through the options and tweaking it as you see fit, you need to close the window and go to the home windows of DDU. From the drop-down menu, select which drivers you would like to remove.

Nvidia Remove Ddu

On the left side of the DDU interface, you will see some options:

  • Clean and restart will clear out all the GPU drivers and reboot your PC.
  • Clean and do NOT restart is helpful when you want to remove multiple GPU drivers from your PC.
  • Clean and shutdown will remove GPU drivers and shut your PC off.
Three Options

Select any of the options at your convenience and let the software do the work. Note that your screen may go black for some time while DDU is removing the drivers, so that is perfectly normal. For more detailed info, you can head over here.

Now, after everything related to your graphic driver is removed, simply install the driver that you downloaded manually and you are good to go.

Wrapping Up!

Notably, these are the best methods you can follow to update your NVIDIA graphic drivers. Now that you have updated your Nvidia graphic driver, do check out some of the latest problems with the Windows update and how to fix them.

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Sagar Naresh Sagar Naresh

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2 comments

  1. I used DDU for the first time a week or so ago and initial impression is it’s an excellent tool to use periodically. This was on a 4K Alienware 17R3 laptop that had had many generations of Nvidia and Intel drivers installed, sometimes with clean uninstalls first. Seemed the laptop had slowed down some over time, videos sometimes juddered; reboots fixed things for a while, then SOS. Same with OS reinstalls. Drivers all up to date, NVMe boot drive, 32GB RAM, etc., should be very quick.

    Well, DDU made the laptop speedy like it was when new; it apparently does obliterate most every trace of old drivers. Really did make a huge difference in how fast, say Gigapixel or Pinnacle processed images and vids, browser is almost instant, everything is faster.

    So, I guess don’t overlook the contribution graphics cards and drivers make to a device’s performance. The display on my laptop is spectacular, so happy it’s fast again.

  2. If you want a minimal install or more control what NVIDIA installs on your PC try a great little program called NVCleanstall. Fabulous program where you chose what components and services you are going to allow NVIDIA to install on your machine. It certainly can free up some resources which could be better used elsewhere. Link below

    https://www.techpowerup.com/nvcleanstall/

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