Users of NVIDIA graphics cards repeatedly face problems that compel them at a certain point to go back to the earlier installation. Here, we will guide you on how to roll back NVIDIA drivers to previous versions of your NVIDIA graphics card drivers, to avert any issue you were facing with the current new driver.
What Are Drivers?
You have so many pieces of hardware connected to your computer. All from your mouse to your graphics card to your network card makes your computer run properly.
At the heart of everything, you have a Windows operating system. This runs the operation of your computer. It will connect your hardware to confirm that everything works in line with one another.
The operating system does not recognize the hardware automatically. For example, it does not know that your graphics card is a specific graphics card only when it is told. It will be conveyed through a software known as a ‘driver’.
This driver is a sort of port between the hardware and operating system. It gives instructions and controls about what the particular piece of hardware does and how it works.
Just like all software, drivers at times have coding errors in them. This means that now and then they may not work correctly. If they do not work correctly then the computer will not be able to establish a link with the specific hardware.
If drivers are causing issues and the issues persist you will have operating problems relating to your computer. Luckily, manufacturers of devices release an update to their drivers
Problem faulty driver create
Many problems on how to roll back NVIDIA drivers in your computer could be the cause of faulty drivers. In most cases, updating your drivers is a solution to many problems. Faulty graphic card drivers may cause the following problems
- Sluggish start-up and running speeds
- Graphical problems
- Inferior Color
- Weak Resolution
- ‘Blue Screen of Death
- Periodic image cutting
- Poor quality graphics in games
These are many of the problems caused by the faulty driver and there can be more.
Methods in how to roll back NVIDIA drivers
There are two methods in how to roll back NVIDIA drivers– using the Display Driver Utility (DDU) and getting old drivers from the NVIDIA website, and ultimately rolling back with the Windows Device Manager.
The two methods shown here will help you get you back to the previous working version of your graphics driver.
Method 1: Using the Display Driver Utility
Display Driver Uninstaller, or DDU, is a driver utility software that lets you remove all traces of NVIDIA, AMD, and INTEL display and audio drivers from Windows. Software Programs like DDU are useful when you cannot upgrade current drivers due to compatibility issues with the older installed version
Step One: Download the latest version of NVIDIA driver for your PC from any software download site. Look for graphics card drivers, the option will appear. Under the manually find drivers option. You will be asked to provide your graphics card type, operating system, and other relevant information. Click the Search. A list of drivers and their versions will appear, choose the most appropriate version for your rollback, and download it.
Step Two: Before this, go to safe mode and by using the Display Driver Uninstall Utility (DDU) remove all existing and previous NVIDIA Graphics drivers and related software
Step Three: Install the downloaded driver. Install by initiating the executable file, and when installing, choose Custom (Advanced) and tick the “Perform a clean installation” box. This will more wipe old installations and then will install the latest version
Step Four: Restart your PC to finish the installation and then try to do the previous actions from which you confronted issues.
Method 2: Using the Device Management Console
To rollback faulty drivers you can use the Windows in-built utility by following these steps.
Step One: Hold press the Windows + R keys, write devmgmt.msc, this launches the device manager. The Device Management Console opens up. In Windows 8 and above, press and hold the Windows + X keys and select Device Manager.
Step Two: When you click the Device Manager, any option appears, select the Display adapters, under it you will see your NVIDIA Adapter, right-click NVIDIA click Properties and then click the Driver tab.
Step Three: When you click NVIDIA properties and drop appear with five taps namely General, Driver, Details, Events, and Resources. In the Driver box, click Roll Back Driver.
Step Four: When you click Roll Back Driver a confirmation dropbox appears, click “Yes” to confirm. After this restart the computer to fully validate the changes
Step Five: Try doing the actions which were previously causing issues to see whether the rollback worked. If it worked it means you have reverted or roll back to your previous installation.