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Fix: GeForce driver download failed

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Downloading the latest NVIDIA GeForce graphics card drivers is essential for keeping your system up to date and optimising your gaming and graphical experiences. However, there are times when users can encounter errors like driver download failure while downloading the updates for their GeForce driver.

If you encounter a driver download failed error, this guide discusses various methods to help you fix the issue.

Why did driver downloads fail?

If you have encountered the GeForce driver download failed error while attempting to download drivers, there can be various reasons, and they are mentioned below:

  • Automatic downloads are off.
  • Interference by antivirus.
  • Issues with the GeForce experience.

Also read: Fix: Nvidia GeForce Experience error code 0x0001

How to fix the issue?

Here are a few ways that might help you fix the issue:

Enable automatic downloads

Many users have resolved this issue by enabling automatic downloads; if you haven’t enabled the automatic downloads yet, then follow the steps below to enable it:

Step 1: Open GeForce Experience and click on the Settings icon beside your Profile icon at the top right corner of the screen.

Step 2: In Settings, click on General in the sidebar and on the right side of the screen, checkmark the box beside Automatically download driver updates and let me choose when to install.

Step 3: Relaunch the GeForce Experience, check for updates and install it. If you still fail to download the updates, then follow the other methods below.

Disable Firewall and Antivirus temporarily

Sometimes, the security software on your computer, like firewalls and antivirus, can mistakenly take downloads as potentially harmful files and stop them from downloading, resulting in failed downloads. You can disable your firewall and antivirus while downloading the driver to fix this. But don’t forget to enable them once the download is finished.

Check out our article to learn how to disable the firewall on Windows

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Reinstall all Nvidia applications

If the above methods work, reinstalling all the Nvidia applications is a good option to resolve this issue; uninstall all the Nvidia applications, and a fresh installation might fix the error. To do that, follow the set steps below:

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to open the Run. In the run dialogue box, type appwiz.cpl and hit Enter.

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Step 2: Find all Nvidia programs in the list and uninstall them. After you are done, restart your PC.

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Step 3: After the restart, try reinstalling the Nvidia driver and Geforce experience from the driver download page

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Contact Nvidia Support

If you have exhausted all the options and are still encountering download failures, it’s time to contact NVIDIA’s customer support.

Click here to contact Nvidia GeForce support 

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