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Should I remove NVIDIA HD Audio Driver?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
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United States Rank #1,008
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.21 days
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Average installed length: 127.27 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 setup package generally installs about 11 files and is usually about 4.04 MB (4,235,545 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Installer2\HDAudio.Driver.{96BCAB0D-AE7E-4528-9DEF-B891819F5330}
Uninstaller: "C:\Windows\SysWOW64\RunDll32.EXE" "C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Installer2\installer.{EED73C69-C602-4AAA-BFEA-53669F6FE9C1}\NVI2.DLL",Uninstal
Estimated size: 4.04 MB

Program filesFiles installed by NVIDIA HD Audio Driver

  • HDAudioExt.dll - NVIDIA Install Application (HD Audio Driver Install Helper)
  • nvhdagenco32.dll - Generic Coinstaller
  • nvhdagenco64.dll
  • nvapo32v.dll - NVIDIA HDMI Audio Driver
  • nvapo64v.dll
  • nvhdap32.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) 54%
Win 10 0%
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 57.31%
Windows 10 41.20%
Windows XP 0.97%
Windows Vista 0.51%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 24.37%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.55%
Windows 8.1 16.03%
Windows 7 Professional 13.67%
Windows 8.1 Pro 9.08%
Windows 8 Pro 4.03%

Distribution by countryGeography

59.94% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 59.94%
  United Kingdom 6.64%
  Canada 4.19%
  Australia 4.01%
  India 1.88%
  Romania 1.10%
  Netherlands 1.07%
  Germany 0.96%
  Israel 0.94%
  Sweden 0.88%
  Malaysia 0.78%
  Iran 0.77%
  Egypt 0.72%
  Singapore 0.72%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 28.06%
Hewlett-Packard 15.38%
ASUS 14.96%
Acer 10.43%
Alienware 5.32%
Lenovo 4.60%
Toshiba 3.93%
Intel 2.02%
Sony 1.70%
Medion 1.65%
Samsung 1.22%
Common models
ASUS All Series 5.82%
Dell XPS 8700 4.99%
Dell Inspiron N5110 4.34%
ASUSTeK G75VW 3.30%
Dell Dell System XPS L5... 3.13%
LENOVO 10120 2.59%


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


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