How to Fix NVIDIA Installer failed issue in Windows 10

By Camilla Mo in Common Errors Tags: DriversGraphics CardsNVIDIAWindows 10

Fix nvidia installer failed issue

NVIDIA Installer failed” issue is a common issue in Windows 10. When you are installing NVIDIA drivers, if you get this error, try solutions here to fix it.

Why you got this error?

After you upgrade the system to Windows 10, Windows Update will attempt to download and install GPU drivers in the background. This can sometimes take up to 5-10 minutes. If you attempt to install NVIDIA driver during this time, you would probably get the installation failed error.

How do you fix it?

After upgrading system, let Windows sit for at least 15 minutes to ensure the background download and installation is complete. After that, reboot your PC then install the driver again.

Please select “Custom” and check “perform clean installation” (when you see below two screens) while installing the driver.

perform clean installation 2

If the problem is not resolved, you can resolve it with one of the 4 solutions below.

Solution 1: Update the Nvidia Driver Using Driver Easy

Installing incompatible driver can cause this error. Before you move on to further steps, try to use  Driver Easy to install the driver. All you need is 2 clicks.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to a flagged Nvidia driver to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (you can do this with the FREE version). Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

Here take NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 for example. Driver Easy will detect the Nvidia graphics card installed on your computer.

Solution 2: Temporarily Turn Off Any Antivirus Software or Firewall

Some antivirus software would block some files then the installation will not complete successfully. Like “Comodo” antivirus, many computer users have reported it makes NVIDIA drivers update fail. So if you are running antivirus software or opening firewall, please turn them off during installation. Please make sure their all processes are turned off. You can check and kill all processes in Task Manager.

IMPORTANT: After installing the driver, remember to re-enable the antivirus software and firewall which could keep your PC safe.

To do that, follow steps below:

1) Hold down Ctrl+Alt keys and press Delete on your keyboard. Then click Task Manager

Turn Off Any Antivirus step 1

2) In Task Manager, click Processes tab. Find all remaining processes of the antivirus software then kill them on each.

3) Click on the process, then click End task to end the process.

4) Reboot your PC for the changes to take effect. After that, try installing the NVIDIA driver again. Please select “Custom” and check the box for “perform clean installation” while installing the driver.

 

Solution 3: Kill All NVIDIA Processes and Delete the Related Files

1) Go to Task Manager. In the Processes tab, end tasks of any running NVIDIA software.

2) Delete following NVIDIA files if existed (You might be required to log in as administrator to delete the files.) :

C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nvdsp.inf file

C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_lh file

C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nvoclock file

C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\

C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\

3) Reboot the system then install the driver again. Please select “Custom” and check “perform clean installation” (when you see below two screens) while installing the driver.

install the driver again 1

install the driver again 2

Solution 4: Reinstall the operating system

The final solution you can try is to reinstall Windows. Note: Reinstalling Windows will remove all files, documents and the software stored in the drive where the system is installed on. Before you get started, please back up all important files and documents.

After reinstalling the system, try to install the driver again.

 

Hope solutions here help you resolve the problem.