Solved nVidia Installer Issue


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Hello Eight Forums,

Last week I finished building a computer, generally for gaming. I purchased a nVidia Geforce GTX 660, and I'm running the 306.97 driver. While attempting to upgrade to the newer 310.90 driver, I came across an an error message: NVIDIA Installer cannot continue: A system restart is required. Restart the system and try again. Having come from a rather old and outdated ATI Radeon 9250, I have had no previous experience with a nVidia card, so naturally I restarted my computer and tried again. However, the message persisted. No matter how many times I restarted the computer, it would give me the same message.

Furthermore, I can't install or uninstall the drivers, and I can't install any nVidia product that uses the nVidia installer.

I have absolutely no idea how to fix the problem. I've probably searched for an answer a thousand times and then some, and nothing I've seen has worked for me. I don't think I've done anything wrong. Perchance someone here would be able to help me out?

Relevant system specifications:

ASUS M5A97 Motherboard
AMD FX-4130 CPU @4.1GHz overclocked
Corsair XMS3 4GB(x2) RAM
nVidia Geforce GTX 660
Windows 8 64-bit

Thanks guys.
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
Solved the problem myself, and it came rather accidentally.

I was doing a registry sweep with CCleaner, and I found an odd entry that said something like NVIDIA_RebootNeeded_(something).
Anyway, after fixing the issues, I had a hunch and tried uninstalling the drivers again. Sure enough, it didn't ask me to restart my computer.

Thanks anyway. c:

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8