How do I update my Nvidia graphics card?

Nvidia is constantly tweaking the underlying software that controls Nvidia graphics cards. Updated drivers are often released every few weeks. Installing the latest drivers will ensure that you get the best performance out of your games. 

Manually Updating

  • Open the DirectX Diagnostic tool. This is the quickest way to find your exact graphics card model. Skip this step if you already know your graphics card model.
  • Press ⊞ Win+R and type dxdiag.
  • Click the Display tab. Look at the "Chip Type" entry. This is your graphics card model.
  • Click the System tab. Look at the "Operating System" entry to see if you're running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows.

You can download the latest drivers from the GeForce website (geforce.com). Click the "Drivers" tab. Most Nvidia cards are "GeForce" cards. Visit the (nvidia.com) instead if your card is from another line.

Select your graphics card. There are three ways that you can select your drivers:

  • Automatic Driver Updates - Use the Nvidia GeForce Experience program to manage driver updates. 
  • Manual Driver Search - Use the information from Step 1 to select the correct driver. The four most recent drivers will be shown.
  • Auto-Detect Your GPU - The Nvidia website will use a Java applet to detect your graphics card and display the correct drivers. You will need Java installed to run it. The current applet is out of date, which may cause problems with some browsers. You'll have an easier time using one of the other two methods in this step.

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

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

Most users can choose the "Express" option during installation.

Your screen may flicker or go black for a short time during installation. 

Use System Restore if the new driver causes problems. When the driver update is installed, a system restore point will be created automatically. This will allow you to roll your system back to before the driver was installed.

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