How to Fix “Nvidia Installer Failed” Error (Windows 7)


NVIDIA Installer failed” is a very common error message which may happen during NVIDIA Graphic Driver installation process.

It is usually related to outdated DirectX or .NET Framework libraries, although it can also occur due to conflict between previously installed graphic drivers and the new version.

Installer usually stuck while trying to install NVIDIA GeForce Experience or Graphic Driver itself, although sometimes all services may be reported as “Not Installed“.  



Nvidia Installer Failed


Method 1: install the latest Windows updates, along with Service Pack 1

Installing the latest Windows updates, along with Service Pack 1 will fix this error in over 90% of cases. Graphic drivers, video games, drawing programs and any other software who uses GPU functionality, usually utilize the latest Microsoft programs and libraries, so make sure to keep your Windows OS up to date to avoid this kind of problems. Follow THIS link for detail instructions on how to properly update your Windows 7.

NOTE: Follow the provided link even if you think you have all the latest updates installed, since Windows Update utility sometimes may give you the false information that there are no new updates available. Further explanation on the provided page…


Method 2: disable any kind of antivirus and firewall software

As you may already assume, any kind of firewall and/or antivirus software such as Avast, Nod23, Norton, Zone Alarm or Comodo Internet Security may cause this kind of situation.  These programs may misunderstand Nvidia Driver Installer actions and categorize them as the suspicious behavior. What happens next is pretty much expected… All actions performed by Nvidia Installer will be blocked and the installation will not be able to continue. So make sure that all antivirus/firewall services have been disabled and then try running Nvidia Installer again.


Method 3: use DDU utility to uninstall old drivers and re-install new one

If error still persists, the only method left to try is to completely uninstall all previous driver versions via DDU – Display Driver Uninstaller, and try reinstalling the new one. DDU utility has been known for its ability to deeply uninstall all previously installed display drivers and remove all additional files related to them. It works equally well for Nvidia, AMD Radeon and Intel graphic drivers. Follow these steps:

1  Download DDU file.

2  Extract file using WinRar archiver or 7-Zip.

3  Enter extracted folder and run Display Driver Uninstaller.exe.

4  Select “Safe Mode” under “Launch option” drop-down menu, and click “Reboot to Safe Mode” button.

5  After your PC restarts it will enter safe mode, and DDU utility will automatically start. As you can see, there’s “Select Graphic Driver” drop-down menu on the right side, where you can choose between graphic card manufacturers (Nvidia, AMD and Intel). On the left side, there’s a list of drivers detected, and as you select card manufacturer, DDU will show you if there are some drivers installed for specific selection. To remove detected driver click on Clean and restart button. It is recommended to delete all drivers detected by DDU, so multiple restarts and Safe Mode entering may be required.

6  When you’re done removing all detected drivers, your PC will boot into the Windows and behave like it is detecting a graphic card for the first time. “Installing device driver software” mesage may appear in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Ignore everything and try installing your NVIDIA drivers again.


Alternative titles:

Nvidia Installer cannot continue
NVIDIA GeForce Experience Not Installed
Graphic driver not installed