Since the recent assembly of several NVIDIA video cards for different systems, I have come across this rather annoying issue where the NVIDIA setup fails to install the drivers on a Windows computer.
It always returned an error that reads “NVIDIA Installer failed” and none of the core components were installed. Consequently that renders the video card pretty much unusable for any intense graphical assignment.
It took me many hours in frustration for trying to diagnose and fix this issue whereas it should have been remedied by NVIDIA or Microsoft themselves. A search from Google and Bing returns flood of this similar problem everywhere.
It does not matter if it’s a GTX 460, GTX 570 or the new GTX 680,etc.. the damn installer just won’t install. You only got one job!
Better yet, Windows also does its best to deny a proper driver to the device, even one that was streamed by Windows Update itself. Great.
Good news is here’s a solution for the problem, before things start to get ugly.
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We understand that this is an affair between NVIDIA and Windows and all, but unfortunately the end-users have to deal with all the frustration from trying to make it work. eg: Error Code 28, Driver cannot be installed, No Hardware Specified, System keeps rolling back to Standard VGA Adapter driver after restart, etc…
Some blames NVIDIA for the bug, but who knows ? It could just be Windows.. being Windows.
- 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 should not give any issue but it’s worth some attention.
- Try your video card on 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.
Method I : Manually Update Driver Through Device Manager
This is the most simple fix. Sometimes it works like a charm, other times it doesn’t. Like the first date.
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
- Install Driver Sweeper.
- Apply Take Ownership to Registry (this registry hack is pretty useful for other scenarios, too; such as when you cannot delete a file or do not have access to some folder due to permission issue).
Restart PC and go into 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) :
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\
C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\
Fire up Driver Sweeper and delete everything else that is related to NVIDIA.
Restart the PC after the process is completed.
This process prevents Windows from trying to apply any readily pre-cached, pre-downloaded driver for the video card without asking first.
B. Perform a Clean Installation under Super User Role
- Download and extract PStools. Cut and Paste 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 to the rest of the setup process.
Restart the PC right after the task is done 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!
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