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Should I remove NVIDIA Update?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,845
United States Rank #2,071
Reach 0.3635%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 20.88 days
615.83 days >
Average installed length: 323.57 days


1.12.12 100.00%

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NVIDIA Update 1.12.12

What is NVIDIA Update?

NVIDIA Update provides notifications for GeForce and ION GPUs for both desktop and notebook PCs.

About  (from NVIDIA)

The NVIDIA Update application automatically notifies you of new driver releases from NVIDIA. With a single click, you’ll be able to update the driver directly, without leaving your desktop.


NVIDIA Update 1.12.12 is a program developed by NVIDIA. 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. The main program executable is ExternSHIMU.exe. The software installer includes 15 files and is usually about 12.88 MB (13,510,740 bytes). 296.10-desktop-win7-winvista-64bit-Update.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 43% of users of NVIDIA Update come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.nvidia.com/object/nvidia-update.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Installer2\Display.Update.{0C5C48ED-7036-4A1E-B47E-5D233F71E9BE}
Uninstaller: "C:\Windows\SysWOW64\RunDll32.EXE" "C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Installer2\installer.{82404C6D-0EA1-43AA-830D-6930B17DCF4F}\NVI2.DLL",Uninstal
Estimated size: 12.88 MB

Program filesFiles installed by NVIDIA Update 1.12.12

Program executable:ExternSHIMU.exe
Name:SHIM Application
nVidia SHIM utility
Path:C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\NVIDIA Updatus\ExternSHIMU.exe
Additional files:
  • UpdateExt.dll - NVIDIA Install Application (NVIDIA Update Install Helper)
  • daemonu.exe - NVIDIA Update Components (NVIDIA Settings Update Manager)
  • Nvlhr.exe - UPDT Application Launcher
  • WLMerger.exe - WLMerger Application
  • ComUpdatus.exe - NVIDIA Update COM object
  • ComUpdatusPS.dll - ComUpdatus Proxy/Stub
  • ExternSHIMU.exe - SHIM Application (nVidia SHIM utility)
  • 296.10-desktop-win7-winvista-64bit-Update.exe - NVIDIA Windows Display Driver Installer
  • EasyDaemonAPIU32.dll - Easy daemon API
  • EasyDaemonAPIU64.dll
  • nvupdt32.dll - NVIDIA Update Components,
  • nvupdt64.dll
  • nvupdtr32.dll - NVIDIA US English language resource library
  • nvupdtr64.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • daemonu.exe runs as a service named 'NVIDIA Update Service Daemon' (nvUpdatusService) "NVIDIA Settings Update Manager service, used to check new updates from NVIDIA server.".
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

Memory:4.62 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000307269%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00002199%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00000874%
0.015104% average

How do I remove NVIDIA Update?

You can uninstall NVIDIA Update 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 Update 1.12.12, 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 Update.

Win 7 (SP1) 69%
Win 8 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 74.77%
Windows 10 14.82%
Windows Vista 6.14%
Windows XP 4.21%
Windows Server 2003 0.06%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 34.50%
Windows 7 Ultimate 24.64%
Windows 7 Professional 13.81%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.99%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.26%
Windows 8 Pro 4.02%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.17% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.17%
  Germany 17.14%
  United Kingdom 4.68%
  Canada 3.27%
  Australia 3.21%
  Netherlands 2.69%
  Iran 1.95%
  Japan 1.74%
  Belgium 1.68%
  Romania 1.35%
  Austria 1.33%
  India 1.15%
  MK 0.89%
  Philippines 0.86%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 19.75%
ASUS 15.77%
Acer 14.50%
Hewlett-Packard 13.62%
Medion 7.16%
Intel 4.14%
Lenovo 3.09%
Samsung 3.01%
Alienware 1.29%
MSI 1.21%
American Megatrends 0.91%
Common models
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.80%
MEDIONPC MS-7502 3.67%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.12%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.76%
ASUSTeK G74Sx 2.63%
Dell Dell System XPS L5... 2.45%


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


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