Nvidia GeForce Driver 381.65 with Windows 10 Creators Update support

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 7, 2017
Updated • Jul 5, 2017
Windows, Windows 10

The Nvidia GeForce Driver 381.65 adds support for the Windows 10 Creators Update, and the newly released Nvidia Titan Xp video card.

While you can run older versions of the Nvidia GeForce driver on machines that run the Windows 10 Creators Update, version 381.65 is the first to introduce official support for the newest version of Windows 10.

Note: Windows Defender SmartScreen may block the driver downloader or execution by default. You need to select the more link when the Windows protected your PC screen is displayed, and then run anyway to run the driver installation. The main issue right now is that the driver that is provided on the Nvidia website is corrupt. It won't extract properly. The download should have a size of 415 Megabytes for Windows 10, but the download offered on Nvidia's site has a size of only 304 Megabytes.

Nvidia GeForce Driver 381.65

nvidia driver 381.65

The new Nvidia GeForce Driver 381.65 supports 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows 7 and newer versions of Windows only. Windows XP and Vista are not supported.

The new driver version adds support for the following new features:

  1. Support for Windows 10 Creators Update with WDDM 2.2 support. WDDM 2.2 is a new version of Windows Display Driver Model that has been introduced in the Creators Update by Microsoft. It is tailored for virtual, augmented and mixed reality for the Windows Holographic platform and DXGI 1.6.
  2. Support for the new Nvidia Titan Xp video card.
  3. Support for Dolby Vision in games.
  4. Support for DTS X and Dolby Atmos for 5.1.2 speaker configuration.
  5. Support for Quake Champions Closed Beta.
  6. Two new Nvidia Control Panel options
    1. Option to override the desktop color control of Windows 10.
    2. Option added to disable the self-refresh power saving feature of G-Sync (applies only to self-refresh capable notebooks using Pascal-based GPUs).

The driver has quite a few known issues. One affects installation, as it may fail if install the new version over the old one. The workaround for this is to run a clean installation instead.

You need to select custom installation when setup opens, and check the "perform a clean installation" option then on the next screen to do so.

Check out this guide on removing AMD or Nvidia drivers completely from a system.

It is highly recommended that you uncheck any driver component that you don't require. If you don't use 3D for instance, you may want to disable the 3D Vision Controller Driver and the 3D Vision Driver.

Closing Words

Unless you require one of the new features introduced by the Nvidia GeForce 381.65 driver, it may be best to wait until Nvidia resolves the download issue, and maybe releases an updated version of the driver with fewer issues.

Now You: Do you install video card drivers right away, or wait?

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  1. Fernando said on May 10, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Just as a note, I removed all drivers and reinstalled an old version (361.81 !!) for my GTX 770 on Win10 x64 CU. Guess what? The games are back with excellent performance, no stutters, nice as butter, just as I remember they were months ago.

    Of course I don’t play modern titles, like BF1 or similar (I play mostly simulators, like Assetto Corsa, IL2 Stalingrad, DCS series, Rise of Flight, Arma 3, rFactor2, etc). In short: a bunch of DX9 and DX10/11 titles without “special requirements”.

    So, I came to conclusion that if I’m using an old hardware, there’s no point (yet) to upgrade to newer driver… in fact, I could almost say that every new driver in last months took away a little bit of performance, so if it isn’t absolutely necessary in order to play a specific title or to really solve a problem, there’s no rush to update. I was assuming that new WDDM model and such would require new drivers to be able to take full speed/advantage – but apparently I was wrong.

    Of course I do try new drivers from time to time to see if there was a gain in performance, but there’s no harm running old drivers on new Win10 CU. This info may be handy for those without latest gfx.

  2. Gizmo Sprocket said on April 11, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I installed this on the creator’s update and found the system was in dreaded black screen (couldn’t render desktop). I tried to remote in (using the latest splashtop) and found only Metro apps would render via remote control… and while I can see my mouse pointer move on my physical monitor, it remained black with the spinning wheel… I booted into safe mode, uninstalled these drivers and reverted to the old drivers… problem went away…

    I tried it again, with the same exact results. This is on a 1080gtx.

  3. max said on April 10, 2017 at 10:34 am

    How about new telemetry in driver installed without GFexpirience with “interesting” permission ?!

    1. McLambo said on April 11, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      Also would like to know about any new telemetry updates that I should also block/remove with this new driver :D

  4. Kevin McCoy said on April 8, 2017 at 1:51 am

    381.65 isn’t working for me

  5. Jeff-FL said on April 7, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    “The driver has quite a few known issues. ”

    When I installed them, several games started refusing to go fullscreen, despite saying they were in Fullscreen in their options. Among them were Tomb Raider 2013 and Dirt Rally. I rolled back to the 378.xx drivers and my games worked fine again.

    This “Creator’s Update” support these drivers claim is misleading. As pointed out in your bullet points, that’s for the WDDM stuff, which 99% of us will never use. Previous versions of the drivers work just fine in Win10 CU.

    1. Dave said on April 12, 2017 at 11:28 pm

      Exactly same problem with all my games, only windowed borderless works now

    2. Andrew Johnson said on April 10, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Just found that out yesterday.

  6. Anonymous said on April 7, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Brings with it a new 32-bit NvTelemetryContainer Service, whelp, time to disable that in Autoruns.

  7. asd said on April 7, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    i just d/led it again a few minutes ago… from nvidia.co.uk
    the options i chose were… geforce drivers… 970.. win10 64 bit. english uk.
    downloaded just fine.. doubt the options matters much… seeing as picking eng (us) or german all directs to a download with same file name…

    381.65-desktop-win10-64bit-international-whql was what i got

    also d/led off nvidia.com with 970 win10 64 bit eng (us) as options.. same filename.. same size.. 4xx Mb.

  8. asd said on April 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    the internationally english version i got off the nvidia uk site this morning (10+ hours earlier?) installed fine.

    1. Andrew Johnson said on April 10, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      I installed update 381.65. then Most of my gaming kepted on saying ” has stopped working” error so i reverted back to 378.78.

    2. Martin Brinkmann said on April 7, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      I tried to download it about an hour ago, and it was corrupt.

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