How to update Nvidia drivers (Windows 10 and 11)

How to update Nvidia drivers (Windows 10 and 11)
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If you are wondering how to update Nvidia drivers, we’ve got you covered right here.

Nvidia graphics cards are as widespread as they are powerful. They have made and released a huge range of them over the years, including some of the best GPUs for 1440p and raytracing. To get the most power and performance out of your graphics card, however, you’ll need to make sure its drivers are up to date.

There are a few reasons Nvidia creates new drivers. They can smooth out bugs as well as optimise performance for newly released games. Essentially they are there to keep the GPU running effectively and can be vital for ensuring your games run smoothly

There are two common ways to check your drivers are up to date and download new ones if they are not. We’ll be covering both of them here.

How to update Nvidia graphics drivers

  • Download and install Nvidia GeForce Experience from Nvidia’s website
  • Open the program and create an Nvidia account to log-in
  • Click on the Drivers tab in the top left
  • Click Check for updates
  • Pick your installation type
  • Wait for the download to complete then restart your PC

Now we’ll break down that process in more detail, as well as offer you an alternative if you do not want to download GeForce Experience.

GeForce Experience

The simplest way to update your Nvidia GPU is through the Nvidia GeForce Experience app. This is a free program that you can download from Nvidia’s website. Simply follow the download links from here then the installation prompts when the launcher has downloaded.

Once the program opens you’ll also need to create an account. From there you may get a notification in the software, telling you that there are new drivers ready for installation. If you don’t but want to make sure you are fully up to date, you can check for yourself.

To do this go to the driver’s tab located in the upper left of the app, directly to the right of Home. From there click on Check for updates > Download.

You’ll then need to select your installation type. In general, we advise going for Express Installation, though you can also choose Custom Installation if you know you don’t need certain aspects of the driver such as the audio or USB-C component.

Once the driver has been downloaded you will get a confirmation notification, after that simply restart your PC and your GPU will be fully up to date.

How to update Nvidia drivers manually without GeForce Experience

There is a way to install drivers and keep your graphics card up to date without needing to install Nvidia GeForce Experience. This could be useful if you don’t want to set up an Nvidia account.

Instead, navigate to the NVIDIA Driver Downloads section of their site. Fill in each of the sections using the drop-down menu, shown above, to match your graphics card.

Click Search > Download and the driver launcher will begin to download. Once it is complete double click to launch it, pick your extraction folder and click OK. If you don’t want the GeForce Experience App to download as well make sure you untick that box that says NVIDIA Graphics Driver and GeForce Experience, going instead for NVIDIA Graphics Driver.

After that choose the installation type you want and click Next. From there simply wait for the installation to complete and restart your PC to complete the process.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to update my graphics card driver?

You don’t have to, but it is vital if you want to get the best performance possible out of your card. What’s more, all of these drivers are free so there is no reason to not install them.

How often do you need to update Nvidia drivers?

Nvidia does not update its drivers periodically, instead making one to fix bugs or errors as they appear for new releases. However, they do it fairly regularly so it’s worth checking every few weeks.