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Should I remove NVIDIA HD Audio Driver?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #991
United States Rank #919
Reach 0.7003%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 20.10 days
592.97 days >
Average installed length: 311.56 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%

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NVIDIA HD Audio Driver

What is NVIDIA HD Audio Driver?

The NVIDIA HD Audio Driver is the software driver for HD Audio devices. 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.


The main program executable is nvhdap32.dll. The software installer includes 13 files and is usually about 3.47 MB (3,634,947 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.nvidia.com/Drivers
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Installer2\HDAudio.Driver.1
Uninstaller: "C:\Windows\SysWOW64\RunDll32.EXE" "C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Installer2\installer.0\NVI2.DLL",UninstallPackage HDAudio.Driver
Estimated size: 3.47 MB

Program filesFiles installed by NVIDIA HD Audio Driver

Program module:nvhdap32.dll
Name:NVIDIA HDMI Audio Driver
Path:C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Installer2\HDAudio.Driver.1\nvhdap32.dll
Additional files:
  • HDAudioExt.dll - NVIDIA Install Application (HD Audio Driver Install Helper)
  • nvgenco32.dll - Generic Coinstaller
  • nvgenco64.dll
  • nvhdagenco32.dll
  • nvhdagenco64.dll
  • nvapo32v.dll - NVIDIA HDMI Audio Driver
  • nvapo64v.dll
  • nvhdap64.dll
  • nvhda32.sys
  • nvhda32v.sys
  • nvhda64.sys
  • nvhda64v.sys

How do I remove NVIDIA HD Audio Driver?

You can uninstall NVIDIA HD Audio 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program NVIDIA HD Audio Driver, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 HD Audio Driver.

Win 7 (SP1) 52%
Win 8.1 0%
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 56.32%
Windows 10 34.24%
Windows Vista 7.87%
Windows XP 1.54%
Windows Server 2003 0.04%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 25.09%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.50%
Windows 7 Professional 14.30%
Windows 8 11.43%
Windows 8.1 10.67%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.58%

Distribution by countryGeography

55.93% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 55.93%
  United Kingdom 5.97%
  Canada 4.48%
  Australia 3.87%
  Italy 2.31%
  France 2.08%
  Germany 1.89%
  Iran 1.78%
  Netherlands 1.49%
  India 1.38%
  Indonesia 0.79%
  Israel 0.79%
  Thailand 0.79%
  Belgium 0.79%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
ASUS 30.24%
Dell 23.80%
Hewlett-Packard 18.05%
Acer 7.34%
Alienware 3.16%
Toshiba 2.54%
Medion 2.50%
Sony 1.88%
Lenovo 1.82%
Intel 1.56%
Samsung 0.75%
Common models
ASUSTeK K56CB 8.86%
ASUSTeK X550CC 5.46%
Dell XPS 8500 4.25%
ASUSTeK S550CB 3.49%
MEDION MS-7797 3.08%
ASUSTeK K55VJ 2.70%


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


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