How to Fix ‘Nvidia Graphics Driver Not Compatible With This Version Of Windows’
When it comes to gaming, especially professional gaming, Nvidia is one of the most popular brands which stands out in the crowd. But due to the Nvidia graphic cards being used everywhere, sometimes some issues occur. Here we want to help you solve one of these problems which is related to the Nvidia graphic card driver compatibility issue in Windows.
Before trying any of the methods listed here, you might want to restart your PC to check out if the problem could be solved in the most convenient way.
So, if the issue still exists go on with these methods:
Use NVIDIA GeForce Experience
Many users don’t use GeForce Experience since most of the times it’s not necessary for playing games. But the app provides useful features and tools which could be helpful in many situations, in addition to offering a better gaming experience.
GeForce graphic card owners could benefit from many features of this tool such as optimizing game settings, sharing livestreams, screenshots and videos with friends and – most importantly what we need here – updating drivers.
If you haven’t downloaded and installed GeForce Experience then you could follow the below steps to use it for our purpose here:
- Go to https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/geforce-experience/ to download and install the software on your PC.
- In case you use a desktop monitor, use NVIDIA GPU to connect your monitor.
- Launch the program you just installed. Remember that it’s required to update it if it asks you to do so. It’s better to keep the tool up to date to avoid any trouble.
- On the program find and click on this tab: ‘Drivers’
- The tool will find for any driver update. You could also search for updates manually by clicking on ‘Check for Updates.’
- The software will list latest drivers after it finds them. You could either select express or custom install. Naturally, custom method would give you more options.
- In the NVIDIA installation window, remember to check ‘Perform clean install’ after launching the drivers file.
- Restart the PC after the installation is finished.
After trying this method, you could check whether the compatibility issue of Nvidia graphic card with your Windows still persists.
Sometimes the cause of this kind of messages and issues related to drivers in Windows is the problem of not having an updated version of Windows.
For example, if your PC runs on Windows 10 operating system, you could try the following steps to make sure you have the latest updates downloaded and installed on your system:
- In order to open Windows 10 settings, just use the shortcut: press Windows Key and I at the same time.
- ‘Update & Security’ could be found on the bottom. So scroll down to find it.
- Click ‘Check for updates’ once you’re in the tab for Windows Update.
- Let the system find all the necessary updates. Accept them. Then allow some time to finish the download and installation.
- Make sure to not interrupt the process which might involve several minutes along with a few restarts and so on.
You could go to https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4027667/windows-10-update to get support and help for Windows 10 update issues, if you encounter any or have any specific question.
When you’re sure that your system is equipped with the latest required updates for Windows, you could give it another chance to see if the issue of Nvidia Graphics driver with your Windows version has been solved due to these Windows updates.
Uninstall NVIDIA graphics drivers and then reinstall them again
If you didn’t get any results from above methods on your PC and you still encounter the error for Nvidia Graphics compatibility with your Windows then you should uninstall the drivers from your computer first.
To do the operation, just follow these steps on Windows:
- We need the Run command box here, so press Windows key on your keyboard and ‘R’ simultaneously.
- To open System Configurations enter ‘msconfig’ in the box and press enter.
- Click the Boot tab once System Configurations window opens. Click OK after checking Safe boot under Boot options.
- This makes your PC to boot into Safe Mode when it restarts.
- Click Local Disc C on This PC on your system. Try to find NVIDIA folder on the hard drive and then delete it.
- Open Run dialog box again as mentioned earlier.
- This time we need to open Device Manager Window. So in the Run box just enter ‘devmgmt.msc’ and then press OK.
- We now want to go to the section which includes all graphic adapters installed on your PC. The right field is ‘Display Adapters’ which you should find and uninstall the Nvidia adapter from the list.
- In order for the adapter to be removed from the list, Windows ask you again if you’re sure to uninstall the device. Just click OK and go on with the process.
- Now, launch ‘Run’ box again.
- Open System Configurations by typing ‘msconfig’ in the box.
- This time, just uncheck Safe boot – which you checked before – accessible through Boot options from Boot tab.
- Click Restart to apple the changes when prompted.
- Now go to https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx to download the latest driver for your Nvidia graphic card.
- When you have the file on your computer just follow the instructions after opening the setup file.
- Make sure to select ‘Custom installation’ in the process and also check ‘perform clean install.’
- Now your PC should be restarted.
Usually this method works for many users in case the first two method don’t produce the intended result.
So just try again and see if the graphic driver compatibility problem has been fixed finally.