Nvidia is one of the most popular and widely-used graphics cards manufacturers. But, unless you’re using your computer to made and edit videos or play the newest games, the folder that the driver comes in contains a whole lot of things that you don’t necessarily need.

If you think you’ll need HD audio drivers, 3D vision components, and other bells and whistles, then by all means, install the entire thing; most people won’t use all of the fancy stuff, though. This short article will show you how to update only the Nvidia graphics card, and you won’t even need to open the Nvidia installer to do it!

Updating your Nvidia Graphics Card

Step One: Find your old driver and remove it

While you don’t necessarily have to follow this step, it’s more likely to update without issue if you first go into your system files, find the old Nvidia driver, and completely remove it from your system. Failing to do this may result in something going wrong with the download.

Step Two: Head over to the official Nvidia website

Once you’ve gotten rid of your old drivers, it’s time to head over to Nvidia’s official website so that you can get exactly what you need from the source (you could, of course, use a third-party website but again, you can’t guarantee that it’s going to function without issue if you do). Once there, you’ll fill out the fields (product, operating system, etc.) and click search. Then, download the driver onto your machine. Alternatively, you can download the GeForce Experience software, which will keep your drivers up to date and provide you with several other cool features such as game optimization.

Step 3: Extraction

If you don’t already have an extraction program on your computer, you’ll need to get one; both Bandizip and WinZip work just fine.

Locate your downloaded driver file and right-click on it. From the options you’re presented with (provided that you’ve chosen Bandizip, of course), you’ll want to choose ‘Open with Bandizip’. This should open up the archive; from there, you want to extract the contents of the zipped file to your local hard drive.

Step 4: Install the Nvidia driver

Because this method has you installing the driver via your Control Panel, you’ll need to open up the Windows Device Manager. You could go through relentless clicking to find it, or you could implement the much quicker following method:

Tap on your Windows button —> type hdwwiz.cpl —> Hit ‘Enter’ —> Find ‘Display Adapters’ —> double-click on it.

What comes up when you’re finished all of that should look something like this:

Find your video card and right-click on it, then click ‘Properties’. You’ll be presented with something similar to this:

Click on the ‘Driver’ tab, and then click on ‘Update Driver’ on the right-hand side of the window; you should be presented with another window that looks something like this:

Yet another window will pop up. Choose ‘Browse my computer for driver software’, then pick the ‘Display Driver’ folder as the destination folder for Windows to search for the drivers for your video card, then hit ‘Next’. Windows will scan the folder for the appropriate drivers at this point; once it finds the displayed driver, it should immediately install it for you.

Once it’s done doing that, you should get a notification telling you that your driver download has successfully completed. That notification will look something like this:

Once you see this, you can rest easy knowing that your driver has successfully been installed on your machine. From that point on, you will be up and running with your new Nvidia graphics card driver.

A Quick Note

Before you use these tips to install only the Nvidia graphic card drivers on your machine, you should be absolutely certain that you don’t need any of the other components that Nvidia offers; you won’t be getting any of them with this method. You should also keep in mind that, even though it’s only one driver, there will still be added components that you won’t necessarily need to include with your graphics card driver (like the Nvidia Telemetry Container). Since you likely won’t need to use them, you can either choose to remove or disable them.

As you can see, it only takes four easy steps to get you what you need for your Nvidia graphics card without having to subject yourself to lag because of bloatware (and who doesn’t want a faster machine?).

Do you have a Nvidia graphics card? How do you keep it updated? Let us know in the comments section below.

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