If the latest Nvidia driver is causing problems, follow the steps in this article to roll back the Nvidia driver in Windows 10.
If you have an Nvidia graphic card, is pretty common to get frequent driver updates. Though the regular graphics driver updates are good and even essential to get the most out of your GPU, there might be situations where the opposite is true. For example, the new driver might not be compatible with your particular CPU or it introduced new bugs that cause a performance drop on some or all games and other productive tasks like video editing. Not only that but some issues in the new driver might also bring unexpected problems that can cause BSoD errors. Put simply, though the frequent driver updates are good, it is also important that you give the new update some time to mature before installing.
Nevertheless, if you’ve installed a new Nvidia driver update and it is causing problems or if the new feature(s) is not to your liking, you can easily roll back the Nvidia driver update.
In this simple guide, let me show you the steps to roll bar the Nvidia driver update in Windows 10.
Steps to Roll Back Nvidia Driver Update
You can roll back the Nvidia driver update from the Windows Device Manager. Here’s how.
- Open the Device Manager.
- Double-click on “Display adapters”.
- Double-click on the “Nvidia driver”.
- Go to the “Driver” tab.
- Click on the “Roll Back Driver” button.
- Click “Yes” in the confirmation window.
1. First, right-click on the Start menu. This action will open the Power User menu. From this menu, select the “Device Manager” option.
2. After opening the Device Manager, double-click on the “Display Adapters” option. This is where you will find the Nvidia driver entry.
3. Under the display adapters section, double-click on your Nvidia driver. Depending on what model of Nvidia graphics card you have, you might see a different entry. Also, if you have mulple graphics drivers, you might see multiple entries.
4. In the properties window, click on the “Driver” tab.
5. Once you are in the driver tab, click on the “Roll Back Driver” button.
6. Windows might ask you for a confirmation. Select one of the options depending on your situation and click the “Yes” button. If you don’t want to, you don’t have to select any option.
As soon as you click the button, Windows starts to restore the previous version of the Nvidia driver. The whole process can take a few minutes and the system might restart itself several times.
Once the roll back is done and the system is restarted, you can use the computer as usual.
If you want to, you can also configure Windows 10 stop automatic driver updates. That way, you don’t have to worry about Windows 10 automatically installing the new version of the graphics driver. Stoping automatic driver update is not a requirement, it is just a useful tip if you just don’t want to install the new driver update automatically under any circumstances.
Note: If the “Roll Back Driver” button is greyed out. i.e, if you are unable it click it, it is possible that Windows doesn’t have the previous version. In those cases, you have to fully uninstall the driver in safe mode and then reinstall it normally.
I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.