How to roll back NVIDIA drivers on a Windows 10 computer?

By Preciate Gwizi | October 24, 2018 |

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Installing incorrect drivers comes with a risk of additional problems. Should this happen, a simple downgrade by rolling back to the old versions will do the trick.

Although it appears easy to do the update by yourself, it’s also very easy to get it wrong. In addition to technical glitches, there might be compatibility issues.

In case you have installed the wrong drivers, here is how you can roll back NVIDIA drivers in Windows 10:

  1. Go to the start menu, and right-click on “This PC” or “My PC”, You can also click the “This PC” icon from your desktop
  2. Go to Properties. A new window will open. Check ‘Device Manager” on the left panel and click on it
  3. A new window opens. Check for “Display Adapters” and right-click NVIDIA from the drop-down menu. (The type of NVIDIA series depends on the driver you have installed)
  4. Go to Properties
  5. Select the second tab, which is the Driver tab. Click on “Roll Back Driver”
  6. Once you have selected to roll back the driver, the “Roll Back Driver” prompt will grey out
  7. Restart your computer to let the changes take effect.

As you have noticed, figuring out how to roll back NVIDIA drivers to the older versions is not that hard. But you can avoid having to roll back altogether by installing the correct drivers from the onset.

Installing the Correct NVIDIA Drivers

Once you’ve restarted your PC, go ahead and install the correct NVIDIA driver.

  • Log into your PC using the Administrative account.
  • Go to the driver manufacturer website and select to download the latest driver.
  • To install the NVIDIA driver under Windows10, first, verify that your downloaded driver supports the graphics card in your computer. You can verify the compatibility by visiting the driver download section and viewing the “Supported Products” tab. If your graphics card and downloaded driver are compatible, close all programs and start the installation process.
  • Download the driver. Your computer will prompt you to Save or Run the downloaded file. Select Save to store your driver on Windows desktop. Selecting Run straight up saves the file to a temporary directory. There is a possibility of files stored in a temporary directory being deleted by Windows mid-installation, resulting in a bad install causing the need to roll back once again.

PS:

GeForce notebook PC graphics cards, GeForce Desktop PC graphics cards as well as Quadro Professional graphics cards each use a different driver. Check that you have the correct NVIDIA driver before downloading and installing.

Follow the instructions step by step to manually install the driver. If you’re using a laptop, recharge it before starting the process or keep it plugged into an electrical outlet. The installation process might take up more time than you think.

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Follow this simple process, and you will be able to avoid frequently searching the net how to install an older version of an NVIDIA driver on Windows 10.

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