TechPowerUp's NVCleanstall

This is a utility which allows for a more truly custom install of nVidia graphics drivers.

From their website:

Much of the GeForce Software package consists of components NVIDIA feels are essential to the hardware and form an extension of the product itself. Thus, even the "custom install" option won't let you unselect these packages — NVCleanstall will. For example, you might want to skip support for Stereo 3D Glasses, USB-C, Telemetry, or Notebook Optimizations.

Features​


  • Remove all those features you don't need, bring down disk and memory usage
  • Skip download of unselected driver components, less data needed
  • Works offline with manually downloaded installer packages, too
  • Customized installer is portable and can be saved for later use, or launched immediately
  • Detailed help texts describe what every component does
  • Automatic dependency checking
  • Portable software, no installation required
  • Runs on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10. Both 32-bit & 64-bit operating systems are supported


I've been using this to install nVidia drivers on Windows 10 for a while now, and I'm happy to report that I just used it to install the latest nVidia 471.41 driver on Windows 11 without any issues.

Screenshots from my own personal use.

1) Program initial screen with options. Here you pick the driver you want from a list, to download, or use one you already have downloaded.

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2) Here you pick what components you want to install.

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3) Unpacking driver.

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4) The all important options screen. It's where the magic happens. NOTE: Be sure not to check Disable NVIDIA Container (Experimental) as that setting will block the nVidia Control Panel app from opening),

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5) Final screen. Install will simply run the installer as seen in Show in Folder directly, and have a text notification at the top left of your main monitor that the installation is being monitored by NVCleanStall.

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6) Show in Folder (in temp)

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7) Build Package

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HTH
 
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Thank you, good to know.
 

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I occasionally use DDU for this purpose:


It works well too.
 

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NVCleanstall is not a DDU replacement.

It is far more than just a clean installer, as in it let's you customize what actually gets installed - i.e. don't let various telemetry items get installed, don't let items related to 3DVision get installed if you don't use it, etc.

I'll add some screenshots from a typical install on my system.

EDIT: Done.
 
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I will try that next time I do an install. I enable Message Signal Interrupts with a registry file. I don't know if I would want to mess around with the containers, that NVIDIA uses.
 

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Lol yeah, if you plan to use the nVidia Control Panel, definitely don't.
 

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I disabled telemetry, enabled Message Signal Interrupts, and left out Ansel and some other things including any Geforce Experience items. Built a package install and installed it from that.

Everything seems to be working fine so far.
 

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I've never tried it, however since I need to update my video card drivers I'm going to try it and see. Thanks for the info, definitely good to know.
 

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Tested with nVidia 471.68 driver, and allowed it to manually download hte driver itself, and changed a few parameters. Added HDMI Audio, and stopped using Disable Telematry and disable containers under Expert Tweaks.

No issues.
 

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NVCleanstall is brilliant for updating NVidia drivers without installing all the bloatware. I've used it for a while without any problems.
 

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Tested with nVidia GeForce drivers 471.96 and on Windows 11 22000.168 no issues.

EDIT: Correction on that:

NV Control Panel refuses to load, even after uninstalling and reinstalling. I don't know if this is a localized issue, because of the settings I chose, or a more general issue, but I'm going to test various install settings to see if I can get the NV Control panel to work, and will report back.
 

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OK, so if I enable either of 2 specific expert tweaks, the nVidia Control Panel refuses to load.

Otherwise, the installer works perfectly fine, and Windows 11 recognizes the new driver and maintains my HDR setting (though an off / on cycle of HDR brings back the desktop wallpaper that seems to get hidden when installing.

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YMMV.
 

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So what do the above settings do different for you than the Nvidia install (besides suppress the ads during the install)? I have tried it but haven't seen any noticeable benefits. I already have a .reg file to enable the MSI. Right now I have had some crashes that are probably due to Windows 11/Nvidia interaction (like internal video scheduler crash in the Nvidia driver while running a game). So for now I am running the vanilla Nvidia install to rule out any NvCleaninstall issues.
 

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I only select Clean Install from the option shown
 

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Download. Unpack 7-zip.
Start-Process -FilePath "C:\Windows\7z.exe" -NoNewWindow -ArgumentList "x -bso0 -bsp1 -bse1 -aoa E:\Temp\471.96-notebook-win10-win11-64bit-international-dch-whql.exe -oE:\Temp\NVidia" -wait

.\setup.exe -noreboot -clean -noeula -nofinish -passive Display.Driver Display.PhysX

Something like this. Simple script.
 

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The disabling of the telemetry is pretty self-explanatory. The disabling of the containers is supposed to stop the 2 container services from running in the background. And the initial setup I only install the Display, PhysX and HDMI Audio drivers, and leave out anything GeForce Experience related.

Here are some screenshots showing what all it can do.

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Initial screen. You can let it pick the drive, you can use a driver you've already downloaded, you can install it (I continue to use it in portable mode), and you can pick from a list of drivers.

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If you select pick a driver option, you can show applicable drivers, or enable the checkbox to show all drivers, going back to the 351.xx drivers.

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All the various pieces that are included with that monster driver that you download - only now you can choose the specific parts. I need PhysX, so I install it, as well as HDMI Audio. Note: any option that you click on also displays an explanation on the right as to what it is and why you may need it or may want to exclude it. Anything that has a prerequisite is shown in an appropriate subsection.

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The main tweaks. Pretty sell explanatory.

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Expert tweaks. Each of those tweaks that has a help link to the right opens in your browser. Note: The first expert tweak, which also says telemetry, renders the driver non-WHQL certified, which can break certain anti-cheat mechanisms for online gaming. If you enable it, you're also given an option to have the driver made compatible with Easy-Anti-Cheat at the bottom.

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Possible settings for the MSI - the links for both parts of the MSI link directly to Microsoft Docs pages about the 2 related MSI settings.

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After selecting your tweaks, it builds the files needed, and then presents you with the following options. I use the build package so I always have it on hand, and I can build multiple packages with different settings to try and see what works and what does not. Install runs it directly from the %TEMP% folder that it uses to assemble the files needed. Show in folder does just that - let's you see the files (to copy them, for example).


With that all being said, if you only need a single tweak, and don't care what all is automatically installed, this is probably not for you. But if you want full customization capabilities, especially at a pretty granular level, its a good alternative to consider.
 

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"And the initial setup I only install the Display, PhysX and HDMI Audio drivers, and leave out anything GeForce Experience related."

That can be done with the Nvidia installer. I wonder what the effect of disabling the containers is? I have a good sense of what can be done with containers in Linux, like limiting resources. I don't know what can be done with containers in Windows. Also I wonder if there are any security implications of disabling them.

Anyhow, I probably will play with this more in the future once Nvidia/Windows 11 bugs have been tamed.
 

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Uh, you might want to look at the screenshots in spoiler part.

The default installer still puts in tons of other stuff that is not needed and without letting you deselect them at all.
 

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