How To Fix "NVIDIA Installer failed" Error In Windows 10
Nvidia, also known as Nvidia, NVIDIA, nVIDIA or nVidia is an American technology company that designs Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) for the gaming, cryptocurrency mining, and other professional markets, as well as "system on a chip" units for the mobile computing and automotive market. Its primary GPU product line, called "GeForce", is the main competitor to AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) "Radeon" products. Nvidia is constantly expanding in the gaming industry, that can be noticed when you take a look at their recent releases such as Nvidia handheld Shield Tablet, Shield Portable, and Shield Android TV products.
In addition to graphic processing unit (GPU) manufacturing, Nvidia provides parallel processing capabilities to researchers and scientists that allow them to efficiently run high-performance applications or programs. They are deployed in supercomputing sites around the globe. More recently, Nvidia has got into the mobile computing market where it manufactures Tegra mobile processors for smartphones and tablets as well as entertainment systems and vehicle navigation.
The Nvidia Graphics driver is the software used to communicate with a Nvidia Graphics card in a computer. After upgrading to Windows 10, many users have experienced the "Nvidia Installer Failed" issue. Usually this problem occurs when Windows is automatically downloading the latest graphic processing unit (GPU) drivers in the background and if you are trying to install the drivers manually then the "NVIDIA Installer failed" error occurs. This error means that components included in the driver package failed to be installed and the only option left is to close the installer. Another reason for this error could be that you are truing to install incorrect graphic processing unit drivers.
Good news that there are ways to fix this "NVIDIA Installer failed" error. In this guide we are going to show you several methods how you can solve this problem and install the drivers without any errors. Read the article below to find out how and apply the provided methods one by one until you find the solution which does the trick for you.
Table of Contents:
- Temporarily Disable Your Antivirus
- Perform Clean Installation
- Update Nvidia Drivers
- End All Nvidia Processes And Remove Redundant Files
- Video Showing How To Update Nvidia Drivers
Temporarily Disable Your Antivirus
One of causes of this "NVIDIA Installer failed" might be enabled anti-virus, anti-malware, firewall etc. If you are using (and you most probably are) any antivirus software, then it is possible that it blocks Nvidia installer and prevents it from installing properly. So, in order to finish Nvidia Installer installation process you need to temporarily disable any running antivirus software on your Windows. To disable it we suggest you to use Task Manager. Task manager is a system monitor program used to provide information about the processes and programs running on a computer, as well as the general status of the computer. Some implementations can also be used to terminate processes and programs, as well as change processes' priorities. Task Manager becomes very handy when there is a need to close/terminate a particular running programs that is frozen, not responding, taking too much of your CPU resources or simply not behaving properly. It can be started by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc, or by right-clicking on the Windows taskbar and selecting "Task Manager". Once you open it, find your antivirus software on the list under the Processes tab, right-click it and select "End task" from the dropdown menu. When antivirus software is disabled, restart your computer and follow the instructions in the next method.
If for some reason you couldn't disable your antivirus software using Task Manager, then read this article to find out how to temporarily disable certain antivirus programs. Try to apply same steps to your antivirus if you are using a different one.
Perform Clean Installation
Now that you have disabled your antivirus software, try to perform a clean installation using the Nvidia Installer. When you reach the "Options" section, select "Custom (Advanced)" installation option. It will allow you to select the components you want to install and provides the option for a clean installation. Select this option and click "Next".
Select the components you want to install and then mark the checkbox that says "Perform a clean installation", click "Next" again and follow the instructions. To complete the installation you will need to restart you computer. Restart it and see if the problem with the failed Nvidia Installer is resolved.
Update Nvidia Drivers
To update your Nvidia drivers manually you will need to use Device Manager. Device Manager is a Control Panel applet in Microsoft Windows operating systems. It allows users to view and control the hardware attached to the computer. When a piece of hardware is not working, the offending hardware is highlighted for the user to deal with. The list of hardware can be sorted by various criteria. To open it, type "device manager" in Search and click the "Device Manager" result to open it.
In the Device Manager window, double-click "Display adapters" (or click the arrow) to expand that section. This will show the model of your Nvidia graphics card. Right-click on it and select "Update driver" from the contextual menu.
you will be asked how you wish to search for drivers: automatically for updated driver software, or to browse the system for driver software. Select the first option and follow the instructions.
To download the latest Nvidia drivers from the manufacturer's page go to this website. It will automatically start scanning your system to detect your Nvdia hardware once you on their page. It should find the correct drivers for your Nvidia GPU. Download and install the latest drivers.
Another way to update or install new drivers for your video hardware is to use third-party software such as Snappy Driver Installer. Snappy Driver Installer (SDI) is a powerful free driver updater tool for Windows that can store its entire collection of drivers offline. Having offline drivers gives Snappy Driver Installer the ability to have access to fast driver updates, even if there is no active internet connection. Snappy Driver works with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. Drivers are downloaded through Snappy Driver Installer in what are called driverpacks, which are just collections (packs) of drivers for various hardware like sound devices, video cards, network adapters etc. It can also show duplicate drivers and invalid drivers and it separates the updates that require you to restart your computer so it would be easier to distinguish them from the rest. You can download Snappy Driver Installer from here.
End All Nvidia Processes And Remove Redundant Files
Go to Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Esc again and find running Nvidia processes. Select every process and end all of them by right-clicking them and selecting "End task" from the contextual menu, one by one.
Now you will need to delete the following files:
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\ all folder contents
C:\Program Files(x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\ all folder contents
C:\Program Files(x64)\NVIDIA Corporation\ all folder contents
Now restart your computer and then try to launch Nvidia Installer again, do not forget to choose the "Custom installation" option and mark the "Perform a clean installation" checkbox. See if this solves the "Nvidia Installer Failed" error.
That's it, we hope that this article was helpful and our provided methods solved the "Nvidia Installer Failed" error. If you know how to fix this error another way, do not hesitate to leave a comment in our comment section below and share your methods with us.
Video Showing How To Update Nvidia Drivers: