[Solved] GeForce GTX 1080 Drivers Not Compatible with Windows 10

If you are having issue installing drivers for GeForce GTX 1080 on Windows 10, don’t worry, as this is a known issue especially for version 368.25. Simply follow instructions in this post to resolve the issue.

The error message will be as follows: 

“NVIDIA Installer cannot continue
This NVIDIA graphics driver is not compatible with this version of Windows.
This graphics driver could not find compatible graphics hardware.”

You can tell this is an incompatibility issue from the error message. Mostly, it is due to lower version of Windows 10 installed. To insall the GeForce GTX 1080 on Windows 10, you are required on version 1511 or higher. So first, check what Windows 10 version that you have.

If you are not sure where you can find the version, follow these steps:

1. Press Win+R (Windows logo key and R key) at the same time. A Run dialog box will appear.

2. Type winver in the run box and click OK button.

3. This will bring up the About Windows screen as shown in the image below. In the example below, the version is 1607

4. If you see the version lower than 1511, upgrade it to a higher version. Microsoft has released Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607. It is recommended that you upgrade to the anniversary version. See How to Download Windows 10 Anniversary Version.

If you have installed version 1511 or higher, ensure that you download and install the right driver version. You can go to NVIDIA official website to download the latest Windows 10 driver for GTX 1080.

If the problem persists, we recommend you use  Driver Easy to automatically update the driver.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, 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 button. 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).

Camilla Mo, in Driver Error
  • Hendrix Allan

    I have Windows 10240, with a gtx 1050, it refuses to work

  • Camilla Mo

    Hi Swylen,

    Thanks for your sharing. Your method may help others as well.

  • Andrea Tagliasacchi

    this is not resolved — AT ALL. I have windows 1607 and I am using the latest 1080 drivers: 382.53, and I still get a compatibility problem.

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi Andrea Tagliasacchi,

      Have you tried all methods one by one? If you had used Driver Easy to help update the drivers and it doesn’t resolve the problem, please feel free to contact us at support@drivereasy.com. We’d be happy to help fix the problem.

  • Yashwardhan Ramchaware

    thanks a lot dude it helped me a lot

  • Reine Ljunghaga

    It workes
    Thanks so so much

  • aaa

    Start driver install in safe mode.

  • jacob

    GTX 1060 windows version 1607. wont install.

    • Hatem

      I’m having the same problem, i feel too bad . Just received my PC today.

      • Tyson Pham

        I just recently updated my windows 10 to 1703 version. I still have same issue that cannot find a compatible graphics hardware. Its for the update 381.65 version gtx 1060

        • Joseph

          Same problem here.

          W10 64 bit – GTX 1060 on a notebook

    • Nasty J

      I have the same issue. My GTX 1060 won’t install new updates. I’m running version 1607 of Windows. GTX 1060 is currently running 376.06 but won’t upgrade to 381.65.

  • Tom

    Thank you alot

  • patrick

    My friend you saved my mental attitude thank you so much it works great now

  • Jerome

    It worked!! THANKS!!

  • #APpLe#

    It works!!!
    Successful update.
    Thanks so so much!!!

  • Paul

    Hi there! I’m having the same error only for my GTX 950M on a Windows 7. I’m really struggling to figure out how to fix it. Could you help me please?

    • azrul

      i got same trouble as u, gtx950m on w7 , u got any solution yet?

  • Cyndy

    GREAT info; followed the steps and was successful with driver update. Thanks so much for this step by step post!!