“NVIDIA Installer Failed” Windows 7/10 Fix

The following article contains a guide to solving the “NVIDIA Installer Failed” Error. The guide works for Windows 7, 8 and 10.

A relatively common error, this message can either come in the form of “NVIDIA Installer Failed”, as mentioned above, or it can come in the words “NVIDIA Installer Cannot Continue”. Both are in essence the same error, which is related to the installation of new drivers for the nvidia graphics card. If you’re trying to install drivers and see the above error – you will not be able to complete the installation process. Most times, even trying to run the install repeatedly won’t get you anywhere.

The “NVIDIA Installer Failed” Error is one of those errors that don’t discriminate – meaning it has an incredibly wide range of possible issues that could be causing it and it can occur with any version of Windows and any driver version. That’s not to discourage you, though, as this wide range of problems also offers a pretty wide range of working solutions and fixes that will surely get this problem solved for you. We’ve listed a number of them here, in our guide, and we’re open to hear any of your own suggestions, if you’ve found a solution yourself.

NOTE: Before proceeding with the instructions below, make sure you have an NVIDIA folder on your OS partition drive (the drive where you’re Windows folder is installed, usually C: by default). If you’ve tried to install a driver, a folder will have been created there automatically, even if the installation was unsuccessful. If you’ve deleted that folder for whatever reason, please try to install the respective driver once more, as you will need this folder later on. The driver itself will be located in:

C:\NVIDIA\DisplayDriver\(Driver version number)\Win(version number)\International\Display.Driver

“NVIDIA Installer Failed” Windows 7/10 Fix

Fix 1:

  1. Press the Windows Key and type in Device Manager. Open the first result. 1
  2. In the Device Manager locate Display Adapters and expand it. Click on the NVIDIA graphics driver, then in the menu above go to Action -> Uninstall. Restart your PC.
  3. Repeat step 1, then locate the NVIDIA driver again and right-click on it. Select Update Driver Software.
  4. Choose Browse my computer for driver software, after which find the NVIDIA folder where the files of the setup were extracted to and check the Include subfolders box. Click Next. Restart your computer.
  5. Run the executable (.exe) in the folder, where the setup files were extracted to. Select ‘Custom Install’ and put a check mark by Perform a clean install.

Fix 2:

  1. Repeat steps 1 and 2 from Fix 1. In the Control Panel, navigate to Programs and Features. Alternatively, just click on Uninstall a program under Programs in the Control Panel2
  2. Uninstall all nVidia related items and restart your PC (this might require several reboots, depending on what you will be prompted to do).
  3. Try installing the drivers again.

Fix 3:

It’s fairly common that the installation of new drivers could be prevented by your antivirus program. Therefore, we recommend disabling it temporarily and trying to run the setup then. If it works, simply enable your antivirus when the installation process is complete.

Fix 4:

  1. Go to the drive, where you’re OS is installed (C: by default) and double-click the Program Files folder. 3
  2. Inside, locate the folder called NVIDIA Corporation and rename it to something else.
  3. Try running the setup once more.

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