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398.36 WHQL + 398.46 (Hotfix) - Clean Version

Discussion in 'Videocards - NVIDIA GeForce Drivers Section' started by cryohellinc, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. cryohellinc

    cryohellinc Ancient Guru

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    398.36 - Desktop Versions:
    • Win 8.1 / 8 / 7 x64 Desktop - Download
    398.36 - Notebook Versions:
    • Win 8.1 / 8 / 7 x64 Notebook - Download
    398.46 - Hotfix Driver
    • 398.46 - Win 10 x64 - Desktop/Notebook - Download

    Clean version of 398.36 x64 drivers for Win 10, 8.1, 8, 7.
    Everything removed except:
    • Driver itself
    • PhysX
    • HD Audio

    Installation: Unzip, run setup.exe
    -It is Highly recommended to use DDU prior to new clean driver installation.
    Note: Latest DDU requires you to Disable internet prior to its usage, once a driver is installed re-enable it.

    Optional GeForce Experience: If you wish to install GeForce Experience, the latest Official Nvidia version can be found Here. Simply install it after you finalize driver installation.

    -How to: Clean Driver by Yourself Guide-
    Don't want to wait? Need to clean up an older driver? Or perhaps you simply want to do it Yourself?
    Here's a short step-by-step guide explaining how the whole cleaning process is done. It's really simple and takes only a couple of minutes.

    You will need Two Programmes to do so:
    1) Software to extract the archive - I use WinRAR
    2) Text editor - I use Notepad++

    Step 1
    Download the latest Official Driver.

    Step 2
    Right-click the driver, choose Extract to
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    Step 3

    Once extracted, the following highlighted folders can be deleted.
    (If you do not use HDAudio, delete that folder too)
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    Step 4

    Right-click setup.cfg and choose Edit with Notepad++
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    Step 5

    Navigate to the bottom of the file, locate the following segment and delete 3 of the highlighted lines
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    Step 6

    Save the text file.

    Step 7
    Your driver is clean now, run setup.exe and you are done.

    This simple process will keep your system free of unnecessary Nvidia driver bloatware.
     
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  2. squalles

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    vulkan included too right?
     
  3. cryohellinc

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    Yeah, its in Display Driver--> VulkanRT-Installer.exe
    That's for manual installation, but afaik it installs automatically with whole pack.
     
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    thanks... i see one thing weird about this, if i install driver he installs vulkan too, but in vulkanRT path in program files have only 3 readme files, but if i install vulkan package manually shows me all files in the path
     

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    That's how it should be, as it installs .dll files into Windows folders.

    Go to C:\Windows\SysWOW64 and you will see Vulcan files there.
     
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    thanks
     
  7. janos666

    janos666 Master Guru

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    Why do you remove the audio driver? It's not "crap" at all. The default Windows driver severely reduces the functionality of the integrated audio device (compared to the nVidia driver). It's almost like using the default driver of Windows for the graphics (you do get picture but it's not what you paid for...).
     
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    Audio driver too?
     
  9. cryohellinc

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    Check the first comment, updated. Personally, don't use it as I have a sound card, but there you go.
     
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    Thank you very much for this.
     

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    I assume the Audio Driver are necessary when you connect the computer to your TV through HDMI?
     
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  12. dr_rus

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    It's necessary if you want to output audio via this HDMI connection.
     
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    I'm sure I'm not the only one playing games on my TV so I would recommend @cryohellinc to maybe add it in future releases :p (yes, I saw the optional download)
     
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    Sure, will do.
     
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    Well, not entirely. The default Windows driver offers some basic functionality which might cover the needs of some people (it's plenty enough to have "some" sound on the TV speakers or headphones connected to a TV) but the nVidia sound driver offers much more (supports additional PCM and pass-through formats including multi-channel hi-res formats for AVRs). If you have an HDMI AVR, I would definitely consider this driver a bare necessity (otherwise you cripple the sound compared to what you paid for).
     

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    These are fantastic drivers for my 1080ti! Thx very much for posting them for d/l!
     
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    At last someone... Big thanks. Will wait new versions from you.
     
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    Forgot to mention this is for Win10.
     
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    Good point.
     
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    Updated, now there are two version, both win 10, and 8.1, 8, 7.
    Both versions include optional HD Audio.
     

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