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NV Updater is a tool to customize Nvidia driver installations

NV Updater is a free software program for Microsoft Windows devices that assists administrators when it comes to the installation of Nvidia graphics drivers.

Nvidia graphics driver install the driver for the video card but also additional components. Some of them may be useful, others, e.g. Telemetry, not so much for the user. It is our recommendation to only install the components that you require, e.g. only the Nvidia driver, and to uninstall previous versions and components before installing new versions.

We have reviewed quite a few third-party programs in the past that help users in that regard. NVSlimmer removes unwanted components from Nvidia driversNVCleanstall allows you to customize the driver installation, and TinyNvidiaUpdateChecker informs you when new drivers become available.#

NV Updater falls into that category as it checks for updates regularly and includes options to remove some components from the driver installation. It is a third-party tool that was released back in October 2019 for the first time. Several versions have been released since, the latest just yesterday.

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Note: You may get SmartScreen prompts when you try to download the file or run it on a Windows computer.

The program needs to be installed and you can only run it if a Nvidia video card is used on the device; otherwise, it will exit.

NV Updater displays the available options on start. These are divided into App, Update and Setup Package Options, as well as Nvidia fixes.

The application checks for Nvidia graphics driver updates in regular intervals when it runs in the background. You can set that interval, e.g. every 10 hours, during configuration. There you may also configure it to look for DCH drivers.

Nvidia users need to install the GeForce Experience application if they want to make use of update checks otherwise, and use of the software requires an account.

The setup package options lists components that you may remove from the installation process and options to do a clean and/or silent install.

The components that you may remove are:

  • Nvidia Telemetry
  • Shield/Wireless Controller driver
  • Display Optimus driver.
  • ShadowPlay
  • NvContainer
  • NvvHCI
  • Nvidia PhysX

You can select any combination and the selected components won't be installed.

The remaining options let you disable its own update checks, autostart with Windows, and the creation of log files.

Closing Words

NV Updater is considered Beta by the author. It worked fine during tests however but if you don't want to run beta software on your systems you need to wait for the first stable release before you give it a try.

The program provides automatic Nvidia driver update checks and custom driver installations in a single package.

Now You: Do you update drivers regularly? (via Deskmodder)

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  1. Watako Tatako said on February 22, 2020 at 7:15 pm
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    Is there anything similar for AMD drivers?

  2. sef said on February 22, 2020 at 9:11 pm
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    where are the audio driver options?

  3. Topical said on February 22, 2020 at 11:37 pm
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    Will Nvidia Control Panel still work if all these are removed?

    1. odin said on February 24, 2020 at 5:59 pm
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      Yes, the control panel is part of the core package

  4. N.N.B. said on February 22, 2020 at 11:50 pm
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    No idea how to download, even after translating I get 404/Sign up pages..

  5. Dumbledalf said on February 23, 2020 at 1:21 am
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    Is this like a replacement for GeForce Experience?

    Because GeForce Experience started requiring to log in with an account just to be able to check for driver updates and that wasn’t the case a few years ago and I really hate it and wish I didn’t have to use it.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 23, 2020 at 7:37 am
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      Yes it is, at least when it comes to the update checking and installation functionality.

    2. Deo-et-Patriae said on February 25, 2020 at 2:22 pm
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      Also look for another similar but simpler program called NVSlimmer ( latest version 0.7 ).

      It removes all shenanigans except the drivers you need and the control panel nowadays you get it within Windows Store anyway, since currently only DCH drivers exist.

  6. Dean said on February 23, 2020 at 3:25 am
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    My advice is to give this a skip until it matures. For me it detected my Intel CPU as the primary display driver and that made it not run. (even though my PC also has a NVIDIA card installed)

    It to be updated to detect multiple display drivers by the looks of it.

    1. JoshuaDoes said on February 24, 2020 at 4:18 am
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      You have to run the program with the NVIDIA card. It didn’t detect your Intel CPU, it detected your integrated Intel GPU because the default NVIDIA control panel setting is to run all programs on the integrated GPU unless a game is detected, and this program is not detected as a game.

      In a standard driver installation, you can right click the program executable and select “Run with NVIDIA graphics” (that’s from memory, it may be worded differently but the meaning is the same) and it will detect your NVIDIA GPU instead.

      The reason I know this is because I use a laptop with an NVIDIA Optimus setup (where the Intel GPU renders and displays everything except 3D applications like games, which are instead rendered on the NVIDIA GPU and then sent back to the Intel GPU to be displayed) and I had this issue, so I’m also going to assume this is your situation as well.

  7. stefann said on February 23, 2020 at 5:16 am
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  8. Anonymous said on February 23, 2020 at 6:37 am
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    Is there a program that removes Nvidia bloatware AFTER it’s been installed? All I see is installer package editors which aren’t too useful for people who have drivers installed already (which is probably like 99% of use cases). I really don’t want to go through the whole song and dance process of *safely* uninstalling driver with DDU if I could help it.

    1. Tom Hawack said on February 23, 2020 at 2:55 pm
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      None that I’m aware of, but there is a dedicated NVIDIA telemetry removal application I’ve used before using NVSlimmer mentioned in the article : ‘Disable Nvidia Telemetry’

      “https://github.com/NateShoffner/Disable-Nvidia-Telemetry”

      The download link mentioned on that page leads to a 404, valid links for latest installer and portable versions are at : “https://github.com/NateShoffner/Disable-Nvidia-Telemetry/releases”

  9. Jeff said on February 23, 2020 at 8:34 am
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    My NVIDIA system is forever stuck on DCH drivers. Even after using various tools to clean and remove all traces of NVIDIA drivers so I can go back to Win32 drivers, Windows forces DCH drivers now. Is there a definitive way to install Win32 drivers once DCH drivers are installed but then removed?

    1. Yuliya said on February 23, 2020 at 7:12 pm
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      Download DDU (Display Driver Uninstaller) and the NVidia latest driver
      https://www.guru3d.com/files-details/display-driver-uninstaller-download.html
      https://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx?lang=en-uk
      Windows Driver Type = Standard
      EN-UK means international version.

      I would advise you once you have downloaded these, disconnect from the internet in a way it will not automatically reconnect after a restart, therefore Windows can’t connect in any way to WU and download whatever driver it wants after the first restart. DDU needs to be run in safe mode.
      Don’t bother removing anything before running DDU, it will wipe everything anyway.

    2. asd said on February 23, 2020 at 7:14 pm
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      is your issue the inability to find the normal drivers on their website? it’s well hidden… once you managed to find the correct installer, it’ll install the normal ones..

      unless… i guess it’s one of them laptops or something that has to use dch?

    3. Trey said on February 23, 2020 at 7:35 pm
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      Check out:

      https://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4777/~/nvidia-dch%2Fstandard-display-drivers-for-windows-10-faq

      Apparently yes but I’m dubious. DCH drivers are BS. You even have to download the Nvidia Control Panel through the MS Store.

    4. Jeff said on February 24, 2020 at 1:33 pm
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      I already tried Display Driver Uninstaller. Ran it from Safe Mode. And got the Standard Win32 drivers, not DCH. But once DCH are installed, Standard are blocked. The installer says couldn’t find compatible hardware. Even after complete cleanup. The DCH drivers seem to be installing some UpperFilters/LowerFilters in registry to avoid listing the GPU in Device Manager if DCH driver is not present.

  10. Anonymous said on February 23, 2020 at 1:26 pm
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    Looks like the download site is in beta as well as the application : “https://www.sys-worx.net/” is not accessible at this time, and confirmed (from Europe at least) by uptrends.com

  11. Anonymous said on February 23, 2020 at 2:10 pm
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    @Jeff, Yeah, I had that happen to me once – if you’ve removed them it’s easy. On the driver download page at geforce/nvidia, copy the url of the download to your clipboard, then remove the segment at the very end that says ‘dch’. Paste the new url into the browser and pop it. You’ll download the standard driver pack, it’s about 50MB larger usually.

    OR you can visit https://www.techpowerup.com/ and find they have the latest NVIDIA standard, non DCH, drivers available for direct download. Top right side of the homepage. I use them often, the packages are cryptographically identical to those on Nvidia’s site.

  12. Norio said on February 23, 2020 at 9:58 pm
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    I have been using TinyNvidiaUpdateChecker since Martin recommended it Sept 2017, and I have never had any issues with it, and I appreciate the fact it will install the drivers without the bloat and without having to log in. I do not appreciate that Nvidia has gone down the Adobe route of “you-must-register-and-log-into-your-account-to-get-the-software-you-think-you-own.” AMD doesn’t force a user into that position, so I always recommend AMD, but I need to support my department’s computers, whatever hardware they have.

  13. Dave said on February 24, 2020 at 3:24 pm
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    I update my gpu driver as little as possible, and I’m a gamer.

    Until I install a game that requires a newer driver, I don’t update it all.

    Why would you? If it works, don’t fix it.

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