Discontinued (check OP link for future drivers) - Clean Version

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  1. cryohellinc

    cryohellinc Ancient Guru

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    Just a bit of good info - due to my lack of IRL time @Eviltoaster has kindly agreed to take over the cleaning driver process.

    You can find his topic here.

    Description: Geforce Clean Version GTX/RTX drivers are cleaned from all the unnecessary bloat NVIDIA has added as of late. Only the core functionality features are kept.

    Clean GTX Version

    Clean GTX Driver without additional bloat and telemetry (RTX features removed). It can be used on both GTX and RTX Cards.

    Clean 451.48 GTX WHQL - x64 Desktop

    Win 10
    Code:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KZEgvL2da6QU1N9c0ioqkfWgCUeWgU-_/view?usp=sharing
    https://mega.nz/file/Bd0hWC6L#pfVNmee0BlubvBdbCPiQds0Hf3a8USQdYqnZsrDcGOQ
    
    Win 7/8/8.1
    Code:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RDPEKDgbfRmMIzMUQtw71THDZNQiT5JE/view?usp=sharing
    https://mega.nz/file/cJknyYwa#1S-H4qJ9pIcPRNYt_PQhNQgg8KFCbuPMYbFNZyFQrJQ
    
    Clean 451.48 GTX WHQL - x64 Notebook

    Win 10
    Code:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1abHtX4W-6-88OcoDthGNswpxFmWGpfnc/view?usp=sharing
    https://mega.nz/file/lMsH2ILZ#NT86R96UTh_GVTXiYKk_vbjW8oS4efiKqg9Cu-2-zsg
    
    Win 7/8/8.1
    Code:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1J4MEuPv0wA_UuCie7o6fx6MQJcLLFG8T/view?usp=sharing
    https://mega.nz/file/oQlXHSiK#bZG4KkBPKu6Ye1y1J8UJpIU5iNOeERtOJo0rWhFdXtQ
    
    Clean Hotfix #noneatm GTX - x64 Desktop/Notebook
    To prevent any confusion, hotfix driver links are removed once a newer version of the WHQL driver is released.

    Win 10
    Code:
    
    
    
    Win 7/8/8.1
    Code:
    
    
    

    Clean RTX Version

    Clean RTX Driver without additional bloat and telemetry (RTX features kept intact). Specific for RTX cards.

    Clean 451.48 RTX WHQL - x64 Desktop

    Win 10
    Code:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CRfoWDcyh7nFMlRas311h5UxFc8qkwXb/view?usp=sharing
    https://mega.nz/file/8dsTSChB#wmmttlGsFrh4hMDGAA-4DYDsCv2WOs8k6hTh8BrR7E8
    
    Win 7/8/8.1
    Code:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/10FTwwd4GKHho0qmgGkQGA20uDr61fjhl/view?usp=sharing
    https://mega.nz/file/9Il3GSZY#GJ3skra3Z8UGrBi4r_Dlreljgfsm2gicFwjwLEISA58
    
    Clean 451.48 RTX WHQL - x64 Notebook

    Win 10
    Code:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1l-083ekkdtzqbeK0u6ZYozJ6Z4KgEvhN/view?usp=sharing
    https://mega.nz/file/UB9xTT4Y#_YxkxDaHnWCB0WXm7fJFeisryv397Fp_K4Iew9EqjA0
    
    Win 7/8/8.1
    Code:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/13AkvaDHY-Pge_0c0cxbUo-K8EIBKqcwh/view?usp=sharing
    https://mega.nz/file/ZV9TWYKJ#4M8ArUeutjKbfmtqDFSA3rgJYldElFpjsYT00y-UxLk
    
    Clean Hotfix #noneatm RTX - x64 Desktop/Notebook
    To prevent any confusion, hotfix driver links are removed once a newer version of the WHQL driver is released.

    Win 10
    Code:
    
    
    
    Win 7/8/8.1
    Code:
    
    
    

    Clean Driver Archive
    Several clean driver versions will be kept in the archive and can be found Here
    (Kudos to @endbase for kindly sharing his storage)



    What is a Clean Driver?
    A clean version of Latest x64 drivers for Win 10, 8.1, 8, 7

    Everything removed out of the driver package except for:
    • Core Driver files
    • PhysX
    • HD Audio
    • Key RTX features (present only in Clean Driver RTX packages)


    Driver Installation
    Unzip, run setup.exe

    Attention: It is Highly recommended to use Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU) prior to a new clean driver installation.
    Please Note: The Latest DDU versions require you to Disable your internet connection prior to its usage, once a driver is installed re-enable it.


    How to: Clean Driver by Yourself Guide - OUTDATED
    Don't want to wait? Need to clean up an older driver? Or perhaps you simply want to do it Yourself?

    There are two options for you:
    A) NVSlimmer developed by @uKER which allows you to quickly clean an NVIDIA driver.

    B) 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.

    For option B, You will need Two Programmes:
    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)
    FOR RTX CARDS - Kudos to @VolterMort for testing - Additionally keep NGXCore + PPC folders.

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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
     

  5. cryohellinc

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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

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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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    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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