How to Fix NVIDIA Installer failed

The “NVIDIA Installer failed” statement appears when you install NVIDIA drivers right after installing Windows 10 in your computer. When Windows 10 is booted for the first time, it takes some time to install its Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) drivers in the background. By installing NVIDIA drivers at the same time, you disturb the GPU driver installation and NVIDIA fails to install. In order to avoid such a situation, wait for 15 to 20 minutes, at least, when you upgrade your PC to Windows 10 before installing any drivers and do not forget to restart your computer as well.

NVIDIA Installer failed [Solved]

When you do install NVIDIA driver afterwards, please select Custom (Advanced) from Installation Options and then tick Perform clean installation box to install the driver.


If the installer failure occurs even when you have waited and restarted your computer, try apply the following methods to get your NVIDIA drivers installed.

 Method 1: Disable Any Firewalls or Antivirus Programs

Firewalls and antivirus software might make some files of NVIDIA installer not work by blocking them. Many antivirus programs have been reported to have blocked driver files, therefore it is recommended that you turn off, at least temporarily, any antivirus software in your PC while your NVIDIA driver is being installed. Here is how you can make sure that all the processes have stopped and if not so, kill them:

  1. Open your device’s Task Manager by pressing Ctrl, Alt and Del keys together.
  2. Access the Processes pane in Task Manager, see if there are any on-going or remaining processes of the antivirus program you have in your PC.

  3. Select the process you want to end and click End task in order to end the process.

  4. Once you have stopped all antivirus program processes, restart your computer for the changes to be applied. When the computer turns on, install NVIDIA driver again and see if it works normally. Do not forget to tick the “Perform clean installation” box before starting the installation.

 Method 2: End Any On-Going NVIDIA Processes and Start Again

Follow these steps to end NVIDIA processes:

  1. Open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl, Alt and Del keys together. Under the Processes tab, find all NVIDIA running tasks and end all of them.
  2. To do this, you might have to log in as the administrator. Find and delete all the following NVIDIA files in order to proceed.

C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nvdsp.inf file

C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_lh file

C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nvoclock file

C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\

C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\

  1. Close all windows and restart your computer. Start all over again to install NVIDIA drivers. Do not forget the select Advanced options and ticking the “Perform Clean Installation” box.

Method 3: Reinstall Windows 10

If neither of the first two methods work for your PC and you keep on coming across the Installer Failed error, the last option is to reinstall your Windows.

We hope you found the solutions helpful.

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