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

By Camilla Mo in Driver Error
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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. You can install the driver successfully with the solutions in this article.

 The error message may appear like this: 

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.”

There are 2 solutions for you to fix the problem: 

Solution 1: Update the driver using Driver Easy
Solution 2: Install a higher version of Windows 10

Solution 1: Update the driver using Driver Easy

Updating incompatible driver  can cause the driver not to install successfully. To install the GTX 1080 driver successfully , we recommend using Driver Easy.

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. 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Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

Tip: If Driver Easy doesn’t help resolve the problem, please contact our support team at support@drivereasy.com for further assistance.

Solution 2: Install a higher version of Windows 10

Lower version of Windows 10 installed can cause this error. To install the GeForce GTX 1080 driver in Windows 10, you need to install the version 1511 or a higher version.

First, check what Windows 10 version that you have .

If you are not sure where to check the version, follow these steps:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and R at the same time to invoke the run box.

2) Type winver and click OK.

3) This will bring up the about windows where you can see the Windows version. For example, on below screenshot, you’ll see the version is 1607

4) On your computer, 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.


  • Camilla Mo

    Hi Kevin,

    You can download and install the 1080 drivers from Nvidia and see if the driver can be installed successfully.

  • Tan Çakar

    Bought the Asus Rog Zephyrus GX501 with gtx 1080 and windows 10 pro, i try the test mode and everything it didn’t worked, just paid 35 pounds for the driver easy and it find 19 updates to the system. now 1080 seems to work very well and it says all the system up to date how ever when i got to the Geforce experience still shows download the upgrade, but for now i am happy with it. i needed the whisper mode and gtx 1080 Qmax to work proper , and it does now. my win ver. 1709, the thing i cant upgrade, version 388,59 in Nvidia

  • Lewis He

    Windows 10 1709 not compatible with gtx 180ti version 388.13
    Tried both Solutions didnt work.

    • Ale R

      Same here 🙁

  • Crokub

    my gtx 1070 doesnt even show on driver easy what am i supposed to do and for the solution 2 i was already on the last version of windows

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi Crokub,

      Would you please upload the driver version that you intend to install? And the version of Windows you are using.

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi Crokub,

      Would you please upload the driver version that you intend to install? And the version of Windows you are using.

  • Lee

    Hey Guys, I have seen this alot lately and I believe its Nvidia and windows 10 issues from the driver signing. On windows 10 64 bit they added driving signing meaning that any driver must go through them to cut down on virus etc. I spoke with Microsoft and they told me I didnt have to disable it, when I did that I ran into lots of program issues including the 1080. Since then I have disabled the driving signing and put windows into basically test mode. I suggest give it a try, You can perm stay in test mode and download drivers from any site. Its stupid I know but in fact it works. Look for putting windows in test mode. Good Luck

    • Joel Slater ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

      Thanks. Lee. This worked for me! ????????

  • Kasalov Man

    thank you bro
    driver easy fix it 🙂

  • Hendrix Allan

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

    • Ino Wegerif

      same here, other gpu tho

      • Jorge Rosales Jr.

        has no solution? i have the same problemn 🙁

  • 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!!