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How to Perform a Clean Installation of NVIDIA Drivers


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When preforming any changes to your NVIDIA drivers such as an upgrade or a downgrade for troubleshooting purposes, it may be helpful to perform a “clean installation” of the driver package which can eliminate potentially unwanted settings from impacting your VR user-experience.

A clean installation will remove any previous NVIDIA driver settings and user-profiles and restore NVIDIA’s default settings which can eliminate some issues which can otherwise persist between driver updates. As such, a clean installation can be a very important part of troubleshooting SteamVR performance issues as it leaves a blank slate for you to troubleshoot off of.

To perform a clean installation, follow the following procedure:

1)     Download your desired driver set from NVIDIA’s website. You can download the most recent driver set for your NVIDIA GPU via this link or you can access a specific driver version via this tool.

·        For VR usage – you should only install “game ready drivers” (GRD), rather than the studio drivers (SD).

2)     Download, and launch, and extract the driver’s installer package.

3)     On the license agreement page, select if you’d like to install the standalone driver or if you’d also like to install the GeForce Experience software. Click “agree and continue” to proceed.

·        Note: Usage of the GeForce experience software will require you to register an account with NVIDIA and usage may be prevented if you’re installing onto a secure workstation.


4)      Next, on the “installation options” page, select “Custom (Advanced)” and click next.


5)     On the “custom installation options” page, click the “preform a clean installation” checkbox and click next to proceed with the installation.


Preforming a clean installation can eliminate some types of persistent performance issues related to the driver settings. That said, you will have to manually restore any non-default desired settings that affect VR performance such as your VRSS preferences. When restoring custom settings, it is advisable to make changes one at a time in-case a specific setting negatively impacts your performance.

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