How to Troubleshoot “NVIDIA Installer Failed” Issue in Windows 10

After upgrading to Windows 10, many users report an “Nvidia Installer Failed” problem. If you are facing the same problem, don’t worry, it is a common problem for all video game users.

In this guide, we will help you to fix the “Nvidia Installer Failed” error in Windows. If you are a gamer and play high-quality games on your Windows PC, you know that you need a video card to play games. NVIDIA is one of the leading manufacturers of high-end graphics cards.

What causes NVIDIA to fail to install?

Some NVIDIA users are reporting a problem when they try to update the NVIDIA driver on their computer. The update process doesn’t complete and you get an “NVIDIA Installer failed” error message.

This usually occurs because an old/incompatible driver is installed on the user’s computer. If you encounter the same problem, don’t worry. Just try the following solutions for your device and the problem will be solved in no time.

How to eliminate the “NVIDIA Installer Failed” message?

Temporarily disable any anti-virus or firewall software

  1. Hold down the Ctrl+Alt keys and press the Delete key on your keyboard.
  2. Then click on Task Manager.
  3. In Task Manager, click the Processes tab.
  4. Find all the processes related to your antivirus software.
  5. Click each process, and then click the End Task button to end it.
  6. Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.
  7. Then try reinstalling the NVIDIA driver.
  8. When installing the driver, be sure to select Custom and check the Perform clean installation box.

Close all NVIDIA processes and delete any associated files

  1. Open the Task Manager. In the Processes tab, delete all NVIDIA processes.
  2. Delete the following NVIDIA files, if any:
    C:\WindowsSystem32DriverStoreFileRepository\nvdsp.inf.
    C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_lh file
    C:Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nvoclock file
    C:\NProgram Files\NVIDIA Corporation
    C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation
  3. Reboot your system, then reinstall the driver.
  4. When installing the driver, be sure to select “Custom” and check the “Perform a clean installation” box.

Frequently Asked Questions

These errors may be caused by an incorrect system state. If the software installation fails, you should first reboot and try the installation again. If this doesn't help, try explicitly uninstalling the previous version (if applicable), rebooting, and then installing again.

  1. Run the hardware and device troubleshooter.
  2. Update your drivers.
  3. Run the DISM tool.
  4. Run the SFC scan.
  5. Perform a clean boot.
  6. Perform a system reset.

  1. Open "Uninstall Programs" or "Add and Remove Programs", depending on your version of Windows.
  2. Uninstall the Nvidia 3D Vision controller and driver.
  3. Download and install the driver from Nvidia.
  4. Select Run a clean installation.
  5. Select Advanced installation.

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