2 Methods to Fix “NVIDIA Installer Failed” for GeForce video cards

Look at this error on the right. Look at it. I came across that fantastic log box over there, after the NVIDIA setup failed to install the drivers on several different high-end systems that I was working on for no apparent reason. So like most other innocent pc builders, I relaxed, stretched my fingers and hamstrings then fire up the setup.exe again.

Immediately I came to the same message that read “NVIDIA Installer failed” again –and none of the driver components were installed. See, that totally sucks because if I ever wanted a random generic video card, I’d just use the integrated GPU and call it a great life; rather than burning through a few $300’s for these GTX’s. In a short moment, I was pretty sure that this is karma bitching me for not letting that guy merge into my lane two days ago.

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However, I quickly recomposed myself and the troubleshooting took places along with many of hours of frustration –where it should have been remedied by NVIDIA or Microsoft themselves in the first place. But who knows, marriage is complicated. Anyway, several searches from Google and Bing return similar problem everywhere. It does not matter if it’s a GTX 460, GTX 570 or the new GTX 980, etc.. the damn installer just won’t install (I think it’s possessed). On the other hand, Windows, being a difficult teenager, wouldn’t even bother to give a second try at the very certified driver that it directly obtained from Windows Update itself. Cute.

Good news is I got a potential solution for that problem –hopefully just right before you got so mad.

Essential Things To Check

First thing first, be sure Windows is running on the latest Service Pack. Windows 7? Get SP2. Windows 8? Get 8.1. Windows 10? ..Shit. Well, check anyway.

We all know that this is a complicated relationship between NVIDIA and Windows and all but unfortunately you and I are caught up in the crossfire –which should have been a problem of AMD since they came up with the term Crossfire in the first place. But well, NVIDIA holds the honor. Anyway, these are the few forms of the error –there is yet the final form though:

  • Error Code 28
  • Driver cannot be installed
  • No Hardware Specified
  • System keeps rolling back to Standard VGA Adapter driver after restart, etc…

Now before we dive in, let’s get these cautions out of the way.

  • Make sure on-board graphics chipset is deactivated and BIOS is set to use current discrete video card as main.
  • Make sure your motherboard BIOS is running the latest firmware.
  • Hard Drive is not too full. There were many cases when NIVIDA setup could not extract the packet into the Temp folder because the target drive was packed.
  • Antivirus program or Firewall should not give any issue but it’s worth some attention. Disable it just in case. Don’t forget to enable it the next time your browse brazzer the Internet.
  • Try your video card on a different PCIe slot or different computer to see whether the same issue occurs. You may find a way to rule out the possibility that the motherboard or the video card is defective.
  • Run a quick file system check using the command sfc /scannow to make sure the Windows core has not been altered or violated.

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Method I : Manually Update Driver Through Device Manager

This is the most simple fix. Sometimes it works like a charm, other times it’s a miss. Like the first date. Or first dump after tacos.

1. Right click and use Update Driver Software on the Display or Standard VGA Graphics Adapter from your device list.

2. Point to the path of the extracted NVIDIA driver folder (eg. C:\NVIDIA\DisplayDriver\xxx.xx\windows_version\English\Display.Driver). If this folder does not exist, you have never run the installer before.

Restart PC as soon as it’s done.

Proceed to run the NVIDIA installer once again as usual if the video card has been successfully recognized. In case nothing happens or the system still identifies the video card as a generic device, you have to move on to the next step.

Method II  (Follow each step carefully)

A. The complete removal of all NVIDIA driver files from the System

Once again, make sure you are using the latest Service Pack (not minor updates but big ass Service Pack). Seriously, do it. Play this video of Shia in the background if you have trouble finding the motivation.

  1. Install Driver Sweeper.
  2. Apply Take Ownership to Registry (this registry hack is pretty useful for other situations, too; such as when you cannot delete a file or do not have access to old porn folder due to permission issue).

Restart PC and get in Safe Mode (press F8 after initial POST).

Delete these following NVIDIA Driver data supplied from Windows Update if existed (right click on the folders and choose Take Ownership if the system does not allow you to remove them) :

  1. C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nvdsp.inf–xxxsomethingxxx
  2. C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_lh–xxxsomethingxxx
  3. C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nvoclock–xxxsomethingxxx
  4. C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\
  5. C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\

Now also fire up Driver Sweeper and delete everything else that is related to NVIDIA. Restart the PC after the process is completed.

This step prevents Windows from trying to apply any pre-cached, pre-downloaded driver for the video card behind our back.

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B. Perform a Clean Installation under Super User Role

  • Download and extract PStools.
  • Move the PsExec.exe file into your C:\Windows\System32\ folder.
  • Press Windows key + R and type the following command into the message box. Be sure to replace the path accordingly to your own reference  :

psexec -i -s “C:\NVIDIA\DisplayDriver\xxx.xx\windows_version\English\Display.Driver\setup.exe”

  • After the License Agreement screen, choose Custom instead of Express installation.
  • Now you can check Perform a Clean Installation and uncheck NVIDIA Update.

Continue on until the setup process completes. Restart the PC and you should have your video card working properly upon the next load.

Leave us a comment whether this has or has not solved your issue. Also check them comments, too.

Some of our readers are like, geniuses, and have pretty good advice that works for them so it may work for you. Cross all fingers and toes. If nothing works, perhaps it’s about time to check out these AMD R9 300-series. Otherwise, proceed to the steps below :


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123 Comments on "2 Methods to Fix “NVIDIA Installer Failed” for GeForce video cards"


21 hours 16 minutes ago

wooow!!! method 2 finaly worked!!!!!

10 days 18 hours ago

For those of us who are not so tech savvy. There is an amazing program called display driver uninstaller (ddu) that does all the file uninstalling for you in method 2 and even sets the computer to safe mode for you. All you have to do after that is click costume install and clean install.

11 days 9 hours ago


11 days 22 hours ago

Oh thank you! It did it! But i had to try methot 2 more then once. When i did everything for the first time it didn’t worked. I just got that damn “installer failed” message again. But at the same time my Viber crashed for some reason. So i’ve decidet to disable it in the autorun menu as well as Skype, just in case. Then i’ve repeated method 2 again and it worked out! Thanks!

P.S. i know my English is not so good, sorry for that :)

11 days 22 hours ago

Thank you so much! This article saved me from completely re-installing Windows 7. And I didn’t even have to resort to Method 2 because Method 1 worked just fine after completely closing Comodo and stopping Panda Antivirus.

Josh Quintans
12 days 8 hours ago

Method 2 helped me!! Thanks alot!

Erik H
14 days 22 hours ago

Wow, this had been bugging me for months and finally became critical the past week when my Nvidia card kept crashing on windows 10 and needed a real windows 10 official update. I could not install, kept failing. I shut off comodo and presto!… full install of the drivers. Huge thanks.

17 days 22 hours ago

it did it…….thanx a million

Michael H.
21 days 21 hours ago

Well, closing COMODO didn’t help. lol
If only it was that simple… But for me, of course it’s not…

30 days 3 hours ago


30 days 20 hours ago

Thank you guys!!!! It was 200% helpful. I have used method 2 and it worked perdectly. Great job!

30 days 21 hours ago

YACI – Yet Another Comodo Issue. Exiting and the install worked fine. @#$@%!

1 month 6 days ago

Another vote and thanks for the commenters that mentioned Comodo. Exit the program and install worked.

1 month 9 days ago

I booted into safe mode. Driver installed fine then. Restarted and everything’s good.

1 month 11 days ago

Freakin Comodo!…..Bought a refurb GTX 970 card on New Egg for a great price and I was about to put it back in the package for a RMA….thanks for the info guys!

1 month 12 days ago


CLOSE IT. This eventually helped me, I wasted hours trying to find out why this … wonderful driver doesn’t want to cooperate.
Closed COMODO = Successful installation.
Prepare the champagne, you will rejoice as I had if you invested as much time as I did to solve it.

Steve N
1 month 12 days ago

I’ve been tearing my hair out for the last 4 hours trying to update this driver! Searched google and went through all the diagnostic steps, and even all the steps above but to no avail. Then I saw the comments about COMODO below. THANK YOU!! All installed perfectly after exiting COMODO.

SO to reiterate what is said below…..
COMPLETELY CLOSE COMODO!!! Just remember to turn it back on when you are finished!

Thank you all below for your help :)

1 month 13 days ago

In case it hasn’t been stated enough….





1 month 16 days ago

Had to add the installer as an exception in Symantec Endpoint Protection which fixed the problem. Thanks!

1 month 17 days ago

My Dr.Web blocked it :(

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