Nvidia begins Windows 8 driver updates, releases new updates for Win 7 and XP

Tuesday, 13th March 2012 18:21 GMT By Dave Oshry

Another day, another Nvidia driver update.  However, this one is slightly more special than the rest.

Today’s update is not only for your Windows 7 and XP machines, but those in Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview get their first update as well.  I guess that calls for some sort of celebration.

Here’s what the big N had to say:

“Microsoft‘s Windows 8 Consumer Preview was only released two weeks ago and as part of our partnership to support NVIDIA GPU-based systems, we have already released our first driver update for NVIDIA GeForce and Quadro GPUs.

This release represents the start of regular NVIDIA driver updates for Windows 8. These drivers, version 296.17, are available for both GeForce and Quadro GPU-based desktops and notebooks on and on Microsoft’s Windows Update.

Windows 7 and Windows XP users aren’t left out. An equivalent driver, version 296.10 (WHQL-certified), can be downloaded on today. These drivers are a quick refresh from the recent version GeForce 295.73 drivers and are a must-have for gamers looking for the best experience in upcoming games like Blacklight: Retribution. These drivers also carry all of the R295 goodness that we told you about just a couple weeks ago.”

Fulfill all of your Nvidia driver needs right here and be sure to stay tuned for future updates as Nvidia prepares to unleash their new “Kepler” GPU upon the unsuspecting yet glorious PC gaming master race.



  1. Sini


    Also your title is misleading, “drops” implies it drops support for win7 and xp, “releases” would have been a better word.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Maximum Payne

    @1 Amd finished Lol
    Usual Nvidia fanboy.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Se_7_eN


    #3 3 years ago
  4. Dave Oshry

    @Sini Ah, quite right you are! I’ve updated the title. Cheers ^__^

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Dave Oshry

    @Se_7_eN Somewhere in a warehouse in Northern California.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Stephany Nunneley

    @ALL Don’t blame Dave. The headline was my fault. :p

    #6 3 years ago
  7. fuchikoma

    I bet that-
    BSOD: NVLDDMKM.SYS has caused an unrecoverable error. Saving memory dump…
    I bet that means they’ll have the Windows 8 driver ready in time for the Windows 9 launch. I’ve gone with nVidia since the 90s, but after trying to use them in Win7, I’m OUT.

    #7 3 years ago

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