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Should I remove NVIDIA Graphics Driver?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Excellent
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,164
United States Rank #1,938
Reach 0.3016%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 16.60 days
489.71 days >
Average installed length: 257.31 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
306.97 100.00%

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NVIDIA Graphics Driver 306.97

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What is NVIDIA Graphics Driver?

The NVIDIA Graphics Driver is the software driver for NVIDIA Graphics GPU installed on the PC. It is a program used to communicate from the Windows PC OS to the device. This software is required in most cases for the hardware device to function properly. In most cases, drivers come with Windows or can be found by going to Windows Update in Control Panel and checking for updates as well as downloaded from the NVIDIA support website. This is the first WHQL-certified release from the Release 296 family of drivers.

Overview

Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The primary executable is named nvTaskbar.exe. The setup package generally installs about 55 files and is usually about 286.87 MB (300,805,566 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.nvidia.com/Drivers
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Installer2\Display.Driver.2
Uninstaller: "C:\windows\SysWOW64\RunDll32.EXE" "C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Installer2\installer.1\NVI2.DLL",UninstallPackage Display.Driver
Estimated size: 286.87 MB

Program filesFiles installed by NVIDIA Graphics Driver 306.97

Program executable:nvTaskbar.exe
Name:NVIDIA nView Toolbar, Version 136.53
Path:C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Installer2\Display.Driver.3\nvTaskbar.exe
MD5:ccb77afc6f137f98c9527b8f8a9f01e9
Additional files:
  • dbInstaller.exe - GPU Settings DBInstall Application (DBInstall Application)
  • DisplayDriverExt.dll - NVIDIA Install Application (Graphics Driver Install Helper)
  • nvdispco64.dll - Display Driver Coinstaller
  • nvdispgenco64.dll - Generic Coinstaller
  • NVCPLSetupInt.exe - NVIDIA Package Launcher
  • nvWmi.exe - NVIDIA WMI Provider (NVIDIA WMI Provider Core)
  • 3DVision_306.97.exe - NVIDIA 3D Vision driver
  • NVCPLSetupEng.exe
  • d3dreg.exe
  • ComUpdatus.exe - NVIDIA Update Components (NVIDIA Update COM object)
  • NVMUP.exe - NVMUP Application
  • daemonu.exe - NVIDIA Settings Update Manager
  • nvAppBar.exe - NVIDIA nView Toolbar, Version 136.53
  • drst.exe - DRS Tool (DRS system Tool)
  • EasyDaemonAPIU32.dll - Easy daemon API
  • EasyDaemonAPIU64.dll
  • Keystone.exe - NVIDIA nView Control Panel, Version 136.53
  • NV3DVisionExt.dll - 3D Vision Driver Install Helper
  • NVI2.dll - NVIDIA Install Core
  • NVI2UI.dll - NVIDIA Install UI
  • nview.dll - NVIDIA nView Desktop and Window Manager 136.53
  • NViewExt.dll - NView Install Helper
  • NVMUPEventMsg.dll - NVMUPEventMsg Dynamic Link Library
  • nvTaskbar.exe
  • nvwdmcpl.dll
  • NVWMIExt.dll - NVWMI Install Helper
  • nvWmiShim.dll - NVWMI API Shim DLL (API Shim DLL for NVIDIA WMI Provider)
  • nvdispco32.dll
  • nvdispgenco32.dll
  • nView64.dll
  • nvNT4Cpl.dll - NVIDIA Desktop Explorer, Version 136.53
  • NVPrxy32.dll - NVIDIA Install Proxy
  • NVPrxy64.dll
  • nvsetup.exe
  • nvShell.dll
  • nvupdt32.dll - NVIDIA Update Components, 1.10.8.0
  • nvupdt64.dll
  • nvupdtr32.dll - NVIDIA US English language resource library
  • nvupdtr64.dll
  • nvwimg.dll - NVIDIA nView Image Library, Version 136.53
  • nvwimg64.dll
  • nvWmi64.exe
  • NVWRSAR.dll - NVIDIA nView Desktop and Window Manager
  • NVWRSCS.dll
  • NVWRSDA.dll
  • NVWRSDE.dll
  • NVWRSEL.dll
  • NVWRSENG.dll
  • NVWRSENU.dll
  • NVWRSES.dll
  • NVWRSESM.dll
  • NVWRSFI.dll
  • NVWRSFR.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • nvShell.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name '00nView' with a class of {1E9B04FB-F9E5-4718-997B-B8DA88302A48}.
Service
  • daemonu.exe runs as a service named 'nvUpdatusService'.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • daemonu.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\NVIDIA Updatus\daemonu.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

daemonu.exe
Memory:5.53 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0003870600%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00024064%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00014642%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:185,773
8,062,084 average
Switches/sec:1
70 average
I/O reads/min:263 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:28 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove NVIDIA Graphics Driver?

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Or, you can uninstall NVIDIA Graphics Driver from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program NVIDIA Graphics Driver 306.97, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove NVIDIA Graphics Driver.

OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 61%
Win 8 0%
 
HOW IT RUNS
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.12%
Windows 10 24.39%
Windows Vista 8.34%
Windows XP 0.15%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.99%
Windows 7 Ultimate 22.97%
Windows 7 Professional 11.88%
Windows 8 8.43%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.35%
Windows 8 Pro 5.59%

Distribution by countryGeography

55.50% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 55.50%
  Iran 7.10%
  United Kingdom 5.99%
  Canada 4.57%
  Australia 3.25%
  India 1.98%
  Philippines 1.31%
  Malaysia 1.06%
  Romania 0.90%
  Singapore 0.88%
  Israel 0.82%
  South Africa 0.80%
  Thailand 0.80%
  Indonesia 0.78%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 29.74%
ASUS 13.64%
Hewlett-Packard 13.27%
Acer 12.84%
GIGABYTE 9.23%
Samsung 9.05%
Lenovo 5.17%
Intel 2.47%
Alienware 1.94%
Gateway 1.51%
Toshiba 0.78%
Sony 0.35%
Common models
Dell Inspiron N5110 8.19%
Dell Dell System XPS L5... 7.04%
Dell Dell System XPS L7... 4.42%
HP ENVY dv7 Notebook PC 2.49%
Dell Dell System XPS 15... 2.39%
HP ENVY dv6 Notebook PC 2.35%

About NVIDIA

Nvidia is known for its graphics processing units and dominates the high performance GPU market.
Publisher URL: www.nvidia.com

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