3 Ways to Update Nvidia Drivers

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3 Ways to Update Nvidia Drivers
3 Ways to Update Nvidia Drivers

Nvidia is always improving the software that controls Nvidia graphics cards in the background. Updates for the drivers are released every two to three weeks. By installing the latest Nvidia drivers, you can be sure to get the most out of your video games and push details to the max.


Method 1 of 3: Update manually

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Step 1. Launch the DirectX diagnostic tool

This is the fastest way to find out the exact model of your graphics card. Skip this step if you already know your graphics card model.

  • Press ⊞ Win + R then write dxdiag.
  • Click on the View tab. Look for the line "Chip type". This is the model of your graphics card.
  • Click on the System tab. Look at the “Operating System” line to see if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows.
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Step 2. Go to the Nvidia GeForce website

You can download the latest drivers from the GeForce website at geforce.com.

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Step 3. Click the Drivers tab

Most Nvidia graphics cards are "Geforce" cards. Go to nvidia.com if your graphics card is from another collection.

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Step 4. Choose your graphics card

You have three ways to choose your pilots.

  • Automatic driver update: Use the Nvidia GeForce Experience program to take care of driver updates. See the next section for more details on the topic.
  • Manual driver search: Using the data collected in step 1, find the corresponding driver. The last four most up-to-date drivers will be displayed.
  • Automatically detect your GPU: Nvidia's website uses a Java application to detect your graphics card and display the correct drivers. You will need to have Java installed to make it work. The current application is out of date, which could cause issues with some browsers. You will have fewer problems if you use one of the other two methods described in this part.
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Step 5. Download the latest drivers

Click the link to download the most updated version of the driver. You should always download the latest version, unless you specifically need an older version. The latest version will often give you the best performance.

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Step 6. Launch the installer

Run the downloaded installer to update your drivers. The installer will automatically remove the old drivers and install the updates.

  • Most users can choose the “Express” installation option in this case.
  • Your screen may flash or turn off for a short time during installation.
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Step 7. Use the System Restore tool if the new driver is causing you problems

When a driver update is installed, a system restore point is automatically created. This allows you to undo the changes and restore your system to a point before the driver was installed.

Click here if you need help with the System Restore tool

Method 2 of 3: Use the GeForce Experience program

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Step 1. Download and install the GeForce Experience program

It is a program developed by Nvidia which manages your Nvidia drivers and the configuration of your games. You can download it from geforce.com/geforce-experience.

  • The installer will scan your system for supported hardware. An error will probably be displayed during installation if you don't have an Nvidia graphics card or if you have older hardware.
  • Launch the program once the installation is complete.
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Step 2. Give permission for GeForce Experience to update

When you go to launch GeForce Experience, it will check for available updates.

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Step 3. Click the Drivers tab

All available driver updates will be displayed. Click on the button Check for updates if it has been a while since GeForce Experience checked them.

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Step 4. Click the Download Driver button to download an available update

GeForce Experience may have already downloaded the file.

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Step 5. Click the Express Install button

More advanced users can choose the “Custom” option. The “Express Install” option will suit most users.

Custom installation allows you to select the drivers you want to install

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Step 6. Wait for the driver to install

GeForce Experience will take care of the entire installation process. Chances are your screen will flicker or turn off during installation.

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Step 7. Use the System Restore tool to undo the changes if there is a problem

Windows will create a system restore point when your Nvidia drivers are updated. You can boot into Safe Mode and run the System Restore utility to restore your system to a point before updating the driver.

Click here if you need help with the System Restore tool

Method 3 of 3: Update Ubuntu Drivers

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Step 1. Open the “Additional Drivers” window

Nvidia drivers are not automatically installed when you install Ubuntu. Ubuntu uses open source drivers which are not as powerful. You can install the Nvidia drivers from the “Additional Drivers” window.

Launch the command prompt and type "drivers" to open the "Additional Drivers" window

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Step 2. Wait for the list of available drivers to load

This will take a while.

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Step 3. Choose the most recent driver from the list

Be careful to choose a driver developed by Nvidia and not a “New” driver. Click on the driver to start downloading the files.

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Step 4. Click the Apply Changes button

The Nvidia driver will be installed. Chances are your screen will flicker or turn off during installation.

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Step 5. Restart the computer

Restart the computer to complete the installation process.

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