NV Updater (Nvidia Driver Updater) released to customize Nvidia driver installations

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 13, 2020
Updated • Mar 13, 2020
Hardware, Software

We reviewed NV Updater, a tool to customize installations of Nvidia drivers by blocking certain unwanted components from being installed with the driver, in February 2020.

The developer of the application released version recently and with it a good selection of additional components that administrators may block from being installed.

Nvidia is notorious for adding components to its driver; some of these may not be needed others not wanted by users. Additionally, the regular driver installation process lacks options to disable the majority of components that get installed during driver installation.

A classic example is the installation of the Nvidia Shield controller driver. If you don't own a Shield, you don't have any use for that driver. Same is true for other components such as 3D drivers, ShadowPlay, or Telemetry.

It has been our recommendation from the start to only install the Nvidia components that you need on your devices, e.g. only the Nvidia graphics driver and to do clean installs. Third-party programs like NVSlimmer, NVCleanstall, or TinyNvidiaUpdateChecker assist users in the process.

NV Updater

nv updater 0.4

The latest version of NV Updater is available on the project website. It is compatible with all recent versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system and offered as a 1 Megabyte archive. Just extract the archive on the system after the download and run the installer to install it. The program checks for the existence of Nvidia cards and will exit if none is detected.

The interface displays all available options; at its core, it is an update checker that will automatically customize drivers before the driver gets installed on the system. First thing you may want to do is change the update check interval (every six hours). You may also disable checks for NV Updater update checks.

Once done, check the components that you don't want to be installed on your system when a new driver is installed. The latest version introduces support for the following components:

  • NvCamera - Ansel
  • HDAudio - HDAudio
  • PPC - USB Type-C Port device driver
  • Display.NView - nView
  • Display.Update - Display driver automatic updater
  • MSVCRT - Visual C++ runtime components
  • NGXCore - NGXCore
  • nodejs - Node.js
  • NvAbHub - AbHub
  • NvBackend - Nvidia Backend
  • NvVAD - Virtual Audio Driver
  • NVWMI - WMI provider
  • Update.Core - Update core

Note that some of these may be required for some functionality. You may need to experiment with component removals to get it right on your system.

Previously, you already could configure NV Updater to remove components such as GeForce Experience, Telemetry, ShadowPlay, Shield Wireless Controller Driver, NvContainer or Physx.

Closing Words

The update to version introduces new components that users may remove from Nvidia drivers so that these are not installed on their devices. NV Updater is a good option for Windows users who want more control over the installation process. It lacks options to process a manually downloaded driver at the moment; NVSlimmer may be the better option in that case as it allows you to do that.

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  1. danieloch said on March 16, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    what is “the project website”? thanks

  2. Conor Mallon said on March 15, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    what package options should i remove on NV updater

  3. Sam Anytime said on March 14, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Do not download this. Download, install it, and then update it to from within the app.

    1. Gill Bates said on March 15, 2020 at 3:08 am

      nice it works now thanks

  4. james said on March 14, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    On virus total it got about 16 positives, windows defender and firefox both said it was potentially malicious

  5. Sam Anytime said on March 14, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    The link gives you an update only – it will not run by itself. You have to first download and install the previous full version – – and then update it online to which it does without further issues.

    Does anyone know the best way to configure the existing driver (that is already installed)? Should we uninstall the existing driver and then re-install it using NV Updater? Any way to point it to the previously downloaded driver, and not have to download the same driver again?

  6. lord said on March 14, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Its true, can´t be opened no matter what in win10. Please help if you can.

  7. Newb said on March 14, 2020 at 9:48 am

    cannot open in win 10

  8. Anonymous said on March 14, 2020 at 3:38 am

    Edge Chromium will not download due to it being a virus.

  9. Deo et Patriae said on March 14, 2020 at 1:28 am

    It doesn’t open no matter what.

  10. fosser2 said on March 13, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Can this be used to strip out code to detect a virtualize environment, effectively bypassing error 43 on Esxi hypervisor?

    1. John Wold said on March 14, 2020 at 5:41 pm

      This program updates nvidia drivers. I don’t think it does something else with virtualized environments.

  11. George said on March 13, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks. Does it support the Studio Driver, i.e. to only check for updates for that? I’m not seeing anything relevant in the screenshot.

  12. SWN said on March 13, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Windows Defender reports a Trojan in the current download

    1. Anonymous said on March 14, 2020 at 4:10 am

      That’s because it removes telemetry. False positive.

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