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Should I remove NVIDIA Performance Drivers?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,944
United States Rank #5,144
Reach 0.0786%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.46 days
338.08 days >
Average installed length: 177.63 days


VersionDistribution 19.63% 0.19% 23.31% 6.46% 0.13% 3.16% 6.78% 23.37% 0.71% 0.06% 14.20% 2.00%

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NVIDIA Performance Drivers

What is NVIDIA Performance Drivers?  (from NVIDIA)

The NVIDIA 3ds Max Performance Driver provides optimal Direct3D performance for Autodesk 3ds Max┬« 2011, 2010, and 2009 software with NVIDIA Quadro┬« and Quadro FX professional graphics solutions. Developed in close collaboration with Autodesk, the 3ds Max Performance Driver is a complimentary software driver for 3ds Max...  Read more


NVIDIA Performance Drivers is a software program developed by NVIDIA. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The primary executable is named nvPDsvc.exe. The setup package generally installs about 5 files and is usually about 5.44 MB (5,708,028 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows XP. While about 53% of users of NVIDIA Performance Drivers come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.nvidia.com/object/maxtreme_workstation.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Performance Drivers\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{4C0A8D65-4286-4B58-87FE-18AD24289285}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 5.44 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by NVIDIA Performance Drivers

Program executable:nvPDsvc.exe
Name:NVIDIA Performance Driver Service
Path:C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Performance Drivers\nvPDsvc.exe
Additional files:
  • nvunin.exe - Uninstaller for NVIDIA Performance Drivers
  • nvpd.exe - NVIDIA Performance Driver Installer
  • nvPDsvc.exe - NVIDIA Performance Driver Service

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • nvpd.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B40FE1CE-4470-4A2A-A636-352899CC9DE3}' (runs on registration).
  • nvPDsvc.exe runs as a service named 'NVIDIA Performance Driver Service' (NVIDIA Performance Driver Service) "Provides support for NVIDIA Quadro FX cards in combination with Autodesk AutoCAD and Autodesk 3ds MAX.".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.57 MB
21.09 MB average
Kernel CPU:0.00324321%
0.016088% average

How do I remove NVIDIA Performance Drivers?

You can uninstall NVIDIA Performance Drivers 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 Performance Drivers, 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 Performance Drivers.

Win 7 (SP1) 71%
Win 7 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 75.53%
Windows XP 11.88%
Windows 10 5.87%
Windows Vista 5.68%
Windows Server 2003 1.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 45.36%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.97%
Microsoft Windows XP 12.55%
Windows 7 Home Premium 7.39%
Windows 7 Enterprise 4.38%
Windows 10 Pro 3.92%

Distribution by countryGeography

52.60% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 52.60%
  Germany 6.47%
  France 4.43%
  Italy 3.31%
  United Kingdom 2.95%
  Canada 2.90%
  Netherlands 1.88%
  Australia 1.27%
  Spain 1.22%
  India 1.07%
  Belgium 1.02%
  Iran 0.97%
  Taiwan 0.92%
  Austria 0.92%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 66.94%
Hewlett-Packard 14.64%
Lenovo 8.39%
Intel 2.46%
Sahara 0.92%
American Megatrends 0.51%
Acer 0.51%
Common models
Dell Precision M4500 9.12%
Dell Precision WorkStatio... 8.31%
Dell Precision M4400 5.78%
Dell Precision M6400 5.67%
HP Z400 Workstation 5.27%
Dell Precision T1500 4.76%


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


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