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Can't Install NvidiaNvidia Drivers! WTF


So I recently ran into another hair-pulling issue trying to install the latest drivers for my NvidiaNvidia Graphics Card (which happens to be a 560Ti DirectCUii, not that it matters Wink ) on Windows 7 x64, where the installer would cough up an error saying "NVIDIA Installer failed". This happened over and over no matter what I did ... and I was sad. Sad (more like pissed off actually) ...


While doing some Google-Fu I came across a ton of other geek / tech forums with people who had the same problem, but getting everything from NO reply, to try a manual driver install, to re-install windows (Don't! It's totally NOT necessary, the fix is relatively easy). But alas, I figured out the problem, and am going to share with you the trick, to save you all your own handfuls of lost hair.


Some Symptoms

  • Nvidia Installer says "Nvidia Installer Failed"
  • No Display Adapter item found in your Device Manager
  • The wrong Display Adapter item found in your Device Manager
  • If you tried to manually install the drivers* you might have gotten the error "There is no driver selected for the device information set or element"
  • High blood pressure
  • Hair loss
  • The urge to kill

*If you still want to try a manual installation of the NvidiaNvidia Display Drivers you can open your Device Manager via your Windows Control Panel, look at your Display Adapters, select whichever one it shows there (which may or may not have an exclamation point on it), right-click it, choose "Update Driver Software" | "Browse my computer for driver software" and navigate to the NvidiaNvidia folder where you had to extract the installer to after downloading and running it the first time. Be sure to also check the box that says to also look in sub-folders. Once you do all of that, you'll most likely get a message that looks like this:

 Manually Installing the Nvidia Display Drivers

The Solution to Fix the Issue

First, I'll list the steps, and then some screenshots of the process (Fig. 1).

  1. Important: Be sure that you're logged into Windows as the Administrator account while doing all of this stuff.

  2. Use the normal Windows Uninstaller(s) to uninstall any NvidiaNvidia drivers you may already have installed. It's not super-important if they succeed or fail, it's just an extra measure to maybe help be sure everything gets removed. Remember, you can always just download and re-install them again later if you're unsure about one of them.

  3. Download the latest version of Driver Sweeper (I have to say, this program is free, and it really is nice, so consider donating to the author if you end up liking it alot too), run it, check the NvidiaNvidia boxes, then the Analyze button (Fig. 2).

  4. On the results page, make sure everything is check-marked, and choose "Clean" (Fig. 3).

  5. Reboot.

  6. Note: I don't think the above steps are actually necessary, but since I did them all myself first I figure it's best to lay out the actual steps I did just in case. I think the following step is what did the actual trick ...

  7. Download and install our custom "Take Ownership" context menu item. It's a two second thing to do and will also be very handy for issues down the road that you may not even realize right now. It's attached to the bottom of our article here: Take Ownership, however if you prefer to do it the long, hard way built into windows read our article here instead (not recommended, especially in this circumstance due to the large number of files/folders needing to be changed).

  8. Once you've installed the Take Ownership registry key, just open your Explorer and navigate to: C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository (this is assuming you have your Windows on C:, otherwise replace the C: with whatever drive letter yours is on), you'll see a ton of folders with cryptic names ...

  9. Right-Click on the "FileRepository" folder, and click on "Take Ownership". (Fig. 4) You'll see a DOS Command window come up and flash a whole bunch of stuff in front of your face. It only takes a few seconds to finish. What it's doing is setting all of those folders and files with the proper permissions. I believe that somewhere along the line, in order to have had this issue installing the NvidiaNvidia drivers that somehow the permissions got knocked out of whack. Possibly due to a Windows Update, or MalwareMalwarebytes Anti-virus / Anti-malware, or ...

  10. Reboot.

  11. Now, you should be all set! Just run the NvidiaNvidia Display Drivers (typically GeForce drivers) Setup program as usual and it should install without a hitch. You may want to choose the Custom install and check the "Clean Installation" box, but I just chose the Express Install since I had already chosen the Clean Installation option many times before while working on this issue and I had already cleaned all of the files out as shown in the first steps (Fig. 5).

(Fig. 1)
Nvidia Drivers Wont Install! - Nvidia Installer failed - Nvidia Graphics Driver


(Fig. 2)
 Cleaning out old Nvidia drivers


(Fig. 3)
 Select all Nvidia items and choose Analyze to clean the drivers out


(Fig. 4)
Changing File Repository permissions / ownership


(Fig. 5)
Nvidia Drivers installed successfully!


If you have any other useful tips or tricks on this be sure to post! Also, if this helped you out at all, be sure to click that Facebook like button up top and share with everyone else! Smile

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Darth's picture
Re: [SOLVED] - Nvidia Drivers Wont Install!

I had the same problem as you dude. What I did was Uninstall all NvidiaNvidia drivers. from device manager try to install the display adapter by specifying the file path. It will fail showing "no driver selected for device information or set". Then try to enter C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository. You will get denied access and instead directed to ownership tab. Take ownership of that folder. Close the properties tab. and reenter. Now you should be able to access the folder. Try to find a folder called
"nv_disp.inf_amd64_neutral_6eca90daa8e200e9" delete its content and replace them with the contents from ur new Display.Driver folder. Run the NvidiaNvidia setup again. Voila!

grayified's picture
Re: [SOLVED] - Nvidia Drivers Wont Install!

Been struggling with this for 2 days. Found this post and followed the directions. Works like a charm! Thanks STaRDoGG!

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Guest in Turkey
Re: [SOLVED] - Nvidia Drivers Wont Install!

Thank you so much. It's work.. hi from istanbul..

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Re: [SOLVED] - Nvidia Drivers Wont Install!

Awesome, thanks for the help, it worked with no problems.

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Re: [SOLVED] - Nvidia Drivers Wont Install!

For me it unfortunately stil doesn't work. I have notebook MSI GT70, GTX 675MX... a can't even start install driver. I must first chagne inf file, because my Device ID of graphic card isn't on list. Then I am able to start install, but getting error "Installer Failed". I don't know what I should to do... . I tried newer driver, older driver.... I have at the moment NvidiaNvidia driver 306.14 and games running ok. But I can't work... I use After Effects and Adobe Premiere and I don't know why, but it causes me huge problems.. still crashing when render, bad preview windows... Can't use CUDA in these softwares... It is really anoying... I tried lot of method to install new drivers, but all of them didn't work. I don't get it. New computer, new software... and doesn't work.

Please, some tips ?

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Re: [SOLVED] - Nvidia Drivers Wont Install!

 I love you man! So happy with resolts after reading your post, once again thank you so much for sharing this trick :-)

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Re: [SOLVED] - Nvidia Drivers Wont Install!

that's the takeownership thing Smile great ! thanks !!!

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Re: [SOLVED] - Nvidia Drivers Wont Install!

I hope to god this aint a back door or someting I used it but A litlle terrified Laughing. this would be the perfect hack hmmm scary suff admin post that this is safe if it is please ty BugZz

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Re: [SOLVED] - Nvidia Drivers Wont Install!
~FoD~BugZz~ wrote:

admin post that this is safe if it is please ty BugZz

It's safe, STaRDoGG is our Admin and he's the one who figured it all out and wrote the original article, we make SURE we never allow MalwareMalwarebytes Anti-virus / Anti-malware, viruses, etc. here on GeekDrop. Smile

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Re: [SOLVED] - Nvidia Drivers Wont Install!

I was pulling my hair out for weeks trying to figure out what was wrong and it was this simple!

I wish I could express my grattitude with more than a thank you.

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