NVIDIA releases software drivers to introduce new features, fix glitches, and improve GPU performance. But sometimes these software applications are too experimental to the point that they cause display malfunctions, such as screen artifacts, FPS drops, and even game crashes.

You can always resolve glitchy driver issues by reverting to the previous version. Thankfully, there are many ways to do that.

This article will show how to roll back NVIDIA drivers on Windows 11 and 10.

You can follow our full guide on rolling back device drivers if you want to downgrade another hardware driver, such as your audio card’s one.

Why Do You Need to Roll Back NVIDIA Drivers?

As mentioned, some driver releases may be fraught with bugs and inconsistencies. These issues could render games unplayable and make different aspects of your PC’s display unusable.

Rolling back the driver means you will be reinstalling the previous version that had no issue. That way, you can wait until NVIDIA irons out the kinks in their latest release.

We always recommend updating your NVIDIA drivers, as buggy updates are rare. Even when they happen, the GPU manufacturer never wastes time in fixing them through subsequent updates. Follow our guide on updating NVIDIA drivers to learn the process.

How to Roll Back NVIDIA Drivers in Windows 10 and Windows 11

The “rollback NVIDIA drivers” process is a straightforward one. It involves going through the Device Manager and the GPU’s properties. However, you can go the manual route by uninstalling the current driver and installing the older version.

You can also use a third-party program if you want things to go faster. We’ll walk you through each process.

Using the Device Manager

Follow these steps to revert your NVIDIA driver using the Device Manager:

  • Right-click the Windows icon in your taskbar and click Device Manager in the Power User menu. You can also press Win + X to open the menu.
Device Manager
  • Expand the Display adapters category when Device Manager opens.
  • Right-click your NVIDIA graphics card and select Properties.
Display adaptors properties
  • Now, go to the Driver tab and click the Roll Back Driver button.
Roll back driver
  • Once the Driver Package rollback dialog window opens, select the reason you want to downgrade your NVIDIA driver and click Yes.
Why are you rolling back
  • Allow Windows to roll back the driver, then restart your computer.

How to roll back your driver manually

The manual process involves uninstalling the driver and installing the old version. This method is useful in situations where the Roll Back Driver button in the Properties window is inactive. 

The Roll Back Driver button is usually inactive when Windows fails to back up the original files for the previous driver you updated or if you updated the driver using third-party software, such as NVIDIA GeForce Experience.

Rolling back the driver also helps if you want to install a version older than your previous driver, especially if that driver also caused you problems.

Before you start, you have to note the current driver version so that you can easily identify the previous one. Follow these steps to identify your current driver:

Going through the Device Manager:

  1. Right-click the Windows icon in your taskbar and click Device Manager in the Power User menu. 
  2. Expand the Display adapters category when Device Manager opens.
  3. Right-click your NVIDIA graphics card and select Properties.
  4. Go to the Driver tab to check Driver Version and Driver Date.#
Note that NVIDIA’s naming method for the driver version typically differs from Windows’. You can identify NVIDIA’s specific driver version by isolating the last five digits from the number you see in the Properties window.

Going through NVIDIA GeForce Experience:

  1. Open GeForce Experience.
  2. Click Driver in the window’s top corner.
  3. You should see your current driver version under Currently Installed.
GeForce Game Ready Driver

Going through the DirectX Diagnostic Tool:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Type dxdiag and click the first result.
  3. Go to the Display 2 tab and check for the driver version under the Drivers section.
DirectX Diagnostics

Follow these steps to uninstall the driver:

  • Now, return to the Device Manager window, right-click your GPU, and select Uninstall device.
  • Allow Windows to roll back the driver, then restart your computer.
  • Once the Uninstall Device dialog appears, check the box for “Attempt to remove the driver from this device” (Windows 11) or “Delete the driver software for this device” (Windows 10) and click the Uninstall button.
Attempt to remove a driver for this device
  • Allow Windows to remove the driver and restart your computer.
You can also use the Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU), a free-to-use third-party application, to completely remove the NVIDIA driver from your system.

Now, follow these steps to install the previous driver version:

  • Head to NVIDIA’s website and click Drivers.
  • Once the Download Driver page opens, scroll down and click Beta and Older Drivers.
NVIDIA website drivers
  • Next, select your GPU type, GPU series, specific product, operating system, and Windows download type before clicking the Search button.
NVIDIA driver downloads
  • You should now see a list of previous Game Ready and Studio drivers, alongside their release dates.

Studio drivers are generally designed for creative applications such as graphics designers, while Game Ready drivers are tuned for gaming.

  • Choose the appropriate driver, then download and install it.
Geforce Game Ready Driver download

Using third-party software

The simplest method is to use Auslogics Driver Updater for all your driver needs. The tool automatically finds and updates outdated drivers. It also backs up older drivers so that you can restore them whenever you have issues with updates.

You can quickly switch to the Restore tab to select your NVIDIA GPU and choose the previous version. 

Auslogics Driver Updater restore backups
Be safe: back up old drivers with Auslogics Driver Updater and restore them anytime!

Using System Restore

Restoring Windows will undo all the changes you recently made to your computer. However, you must have created a restore point prior to installing the update for it to work.

Be that as it may, Windows periodically creates automatic restore points after installing Windows updates. You can check to see whether your computer has one before you installed your latest NVIDIA driver.

Follow these steps to use the System Restore utility:

  • Head to the Start menu and type restore.
  • Click Create a restore point after the search results appear.
  • Click System Restore once you see the System Properties window.
In some cases, Windows may offer a recommended restore point. You can choose it if it falls before you installed the problematic NVIDIA driver. Otherwise, click Next.
Restore system files and settings
  • Click the Next button.
  • Select a restore point that fits your timeline and click Next
You can click the Scan for affected programs button to confirm.
System Restore scan for affected programs
  • Click Finish, and then allow Windows to restart your system and begin the process.
Confirm your restore point
Note that the system restore may take a while to complete. You can follow our complete Windows recovery guide to fully understand the process.

How to Revert Your NVIDIA Driver: Explained

Sometimes, downgrading your driver is the best move you can make. You can always go through the Device Manager or do it manually. However, using Auslogics Driver Updater helps you keep things safe and simple.

Please use the comments section below to tell us if you now know how to roll back your driver.


You can downgrade your NVIDIA drivers by using Auslogics Driver Updater, going through the Device Manager, or uninstalling your current driver and installing the previous version manually.
Yes. You can use any of the rollback methods to install old NVIDIA drivers. You can also go through NVIDIA’s website to install older Game Ready and Studio drivers.