I like to keep my systems as clean from clutter as possible, and I also like to keep my drivers updated, especially on a gaming rig. However, I find software like NVIDIA’s own GeForce experience unnecessary and overblown if all you are interested in is simply keeping your graphics card’s drivers up-to-date. In addition to this, apparently now you need an account even if you want to simply keep your drivers updated, which is something that I find absurd.
Therefore, it looks like you have two options if you want to update your GPU’s drivers:
- Either you accept this and use the massive GeForce Experience software;
- Or you just let Windows take care of installing and updating the drivers for you.
The second option is the lightest and easiest one, but unfortunately Windows doesn’t always include the latest version of the drivers for your peripherals, so if you want to keep your GPU always up-to-date, that’s not the best solution.
Luckily, there is an alternative solution that allows you to always use the latest NVIDIA drivers even without using GeForce experience. Let’s see how to do it.
Updating your GeForce card to the latest drivers
First of all, you need to download the latest version of your GPU drivers directly from the NVIDIA website. In my case, I downloaded the drivers for the GT 1030.
Once you have downloaded the .exe file, uncompress it using 7-Zip (yep, even if it’s a .exe file). After the compression, you should see a folder containing all of the driver files:
Now navigate to Device Manager in the Control Panel and expand your Display adapters entry:
Double click on your NVIDIA GPU and select the Driver tab. Here, click on the Update Driver button:
This will bring up a window asking you how to look for the latest driver:
Of course, ignore the “Search automatically for updated driver software” option because, as usual, it won’t find anything. Instead, choose the Browse my computer for driver software option and navigate to the location where you uncompressed your driver and select the uncompressed folder.
Proceed until the end of the installation and you will have the latest version of your NVIDIA GPU driver without having to use the GeForce Experience software.
If you really want to get rid of anything unnecessary, there is this one more thing to do. Even though this process does not install any additional software on your machine, and only takes care of installing the GPU driver itself, this still installs a couple of Windows services you might want to get rid of.
Open the Services list and look for these two services:
- NVIDIA Display Container LS
- NVIDIA Telemetry Container
First, stop both of these services and then make sure to disable automatic startup so they will never be run again.
This article showed you how to update your NVIDIA graphics card’s drivers even without having to use the GeForce experience software. This has the obvious advantage that you don’t have to use an additional program if all you want to do is keep your GPU drivers up-to-date, but on the other hand you will not be notified when a new driver version will become available (which is probably the most useful feature in GeForce Experience), so it will be up to you to keep an eye out for new updates.