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Free updates for Windows 8 Drivers

  1. #31


    Posts : 77
    Windows 8 HP Envy


    No, I have not uninstalled drivers before.

    I am in control panel...........I see NVIDIA Control Panel - I right click on it..........no options except open and create a shortcut?

    Hang on, i open it and see in the Global settinsg tab "manage update" - a window pops up and says an update is available so I followed that and am downloading it now.

    Why is it sitting there available when my updates is set to automatic?

    Ok so now its starting to install. I opted for custom and its giving me choices:

    Graphics driver - ticked
    Nvidea GE force experince
    Physx system software

    Then at the bottom its asking if I want a clean installation with a check box - it says it will delet stuff like profiles - what does that mean?
    Last edited by ding dong; 21 May 2014 at 02:26.

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  2. #32


    "Profiles" is just what it says. Profiles could be made and/or downloaded so it sets different parameters like OC or color, light and other staff for particular programs or mostly games. I think you will be best off with letting install anew.
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  3. #33


    Posts : 122
    Windows 8 64bit Pro


    Profiles are settings you have personalised, since you haven't ventured that way you can ignore loosing your profiles, as you haven't created any. Make sure you use the clean install to delete the beta driver when the next WHQL driver is available to install.
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  4. #34


    Posts : 77
    Windows 8 HP Envy


    But should I have "Physx system software" ticked....is this malware?
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  5. #35


    Quote Originally Posted by ding dong View Post
    But should I have "Physx system software" ticked....is this malware?
    Yes let that install too, it's required for some games made to work best with nVidia cards even if you don't have on of that make.
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  6. #36


    Posts : 77
    Windows 8 HP Envy


    ok so have installed - couple of things:

    1. why when it was set to automatic update, did it not just do this?
    2. Can I delete the installer now after it has done its thing?
    3. What about my other drives - are they set to automatic and why are they not updating with windows update?

    My movie maker works now so thanks....
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  7. #37


    Posts : 122
    Windows 8 64bit Pro


    Other drives - what do you mean don't update? - Windows OS's only update the installed OS (Operating System - Windows 8.1 etc) on C Drive. Your good to go .
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  8. #38


    Posts : 77
    Windows 8 HP Envy


    I didnt say dont update and I dont think anybody told me not to.....?

    Doesnt windows operating system include drives for different componenets of windows?

    Why was nividea set to automatic updates but didnt do it automatically?

    Can i remove the utility now?
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  9. #39


    Posts : 122
    Windows 8 64bit Pro


    Why was nividea set to automatic updates but didnt do it automatically? Forget this its just settings in g force experience that are confusing - you have to learn somehow, and experimenting is usually the best means so you set up system restore points if you think its necessary, however, with setting you can do what you like just set them back to default if you mess up.

    Can I remove the utility now? There is no need to remove the Gforce Experience Utility if it isn't causing you problems. Open Program and Features and uninstall it there if it is.

    Doesnt windows operating system include drives for different componenets of windows? No just folders

    I didnt say dont update and I dont think anybody told me not to.....? Forget your problems your good to go - enjoy yourself, Im not sure what you mean. If it G Force Experience forget it, or explore the menus, and find out why. Don't make problems for yourself - don't fix it if it ain't broke.
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  10. #40


    Quote Originally Posted by whest View Post
    Other drives - what do you mean don't update? - Windows OS's only update the installed OS (Operating System - Windows 8.1 etc) on C Drive. Your good to go .
    A lot of people confuse "DRIVES (like in HDD,SSD)" And "DRIVERS" ( software that provides connection between hardware and operating system). Drivers usually come with programs for tweaking drivers like AMD "CCC" (Control Center) or "Realtek HD Audio manager" for sound. They are usually more comprehensive than Windows counterparts. That's just another reason to install "proper" manufacturer's DRIVERS instead of pretty basic ones that come with Windows or thru their updates. Windows driver updater uses only MS database of drivers, doesn't go looking at manufacturer's sites. If you look for drivers updates thru Device manager, more often than not, it will tell you that drivers are up to date even if they are few generations behind . Than there are windows components like Direct X, Direct Draw, Direct Sound etc that proper and newer drivers update too.
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