If you own an Nvidia graphics card, whether it’s one of the best graphics cards today or an older model, you’ll want to make sure you keep it up to date. To do that, you will need to check for new drivers periodically and update to the latest one. Nvidia frequently issues new drivers, which can introduce new functionality, optimize for existing and newly released games, and keep the GPU running at its best. Having the latest Nvidia controller can make the difference between your favorite game working great and running better. There are two main ways to update your Nvidia drivers: using Nvidia’s GeForce Experience software or by going to the Nvidia driver download page. We will go over both in this tutorial. Those who like to decide when to upgrade solely on their own and don’t mind Nvidia overlays, Ansel photo features, or optimized game settings may want to upgrade on their own. If you are installing Nvidia drivers for the first time, you must first uninstall the old AMD or Intel GPU drivers. You can use software like Display Driver Uninstaller to make sure you get rid of any remnants of the previous builds. Here’s how to update your Nvidia GPU drivers:Updating Nvidia Drivers
with GeForce Experience
This is the method I normally use. Nvidia’s GeForce Experience is the easiest way to keep your Nvidia GPU drivers up to date. 1. Download and install Nvidia GeForce Experience To do this, you’ll need to install GeForce Experience software, which you can get directly from Nvidia here (opens in a new tab). Follow the prompts and install the software. You’ll also need to create an account, which is one of the biggest downsides of GeForce Experience: AMD doesn’t require this in its Radeon software. Sometimes GeForce Experience can give you a notification that new drivers are ready, which will take you directly to the download page. It looks like this
But if you want to check manually, go ahead
2. Go to the Drivers tab in the upper right corner of the app.
3. Click “Check for Updates”. If an update is already queued, skip this step.
4. Click “Download” next to the update.
5. Choose the type of installation. For most people, “express installation” is the way to go. Custom installation will allow you to choose to remove certain components, such as the audio driver, USB-C driver, or PhysX system software, as well as a clean installation.
The driver will be installed. Just wait. This only takes a few minutes.
When you’re done, you’ll receive a confirmation. You can click close safely. You need to restart your PC.
Manually updating Nvidia GPU drivers If you don’t want the other features that come with GeForce Experience, or maybe you just don’t want to log in, you can still update
your Nvidia GPU drivers
. The other main way to do this is by going directly to Nvidia’s driver download site. 1. Go to the Nvidia driver download page here (opens in a new tab).
2. Complete the drop-down menus to match your graphics card. Note that you’ll want to specify whether you’re using a desktop or laptop GPU in the “Product Series” section.
Under “Download Type,” gamers will want to use the Game Ready controller, while artists, photographers, and other creatives can opt for studio controllers
3. Click “Search”. The website will display the latest driver available.
4. Click “Download”. The driver will go to the downloads folder.
5. Open the launcher in the downloads folder.
6. Click OK to select the extract path.
7. Please wait while the driver is removed.
8. Choose whether you want the controller or both the controller and GeForce Experience. Click “Accept and continue”.
9. Choose the type of installation you want. Express the recommended option, while Custom lets you choose which components you want. Click “Next”.
10. Wait for the installation to complete.
11. Restart your PC to finish the installation.