Nvidia control panel and microsoft account

  1. Posts : 406
    Windows 10 21H1

    Nvidia control panel and microsoft account

    Apparently, one can only get Nvidia Control Panel from the Microsoft Store, which in turn requires me to sign in before it lets me download. Now, generally I prefer not to use the Microsoft account in any way. Therefore, I have the following two questions:

    1. is there any workaround to get the Nvidia Control Panel without signing into the Store?

    2. If I sign into the Store once and then sign out, will the Microsoft account I use for this purpose be still stored anywhere in the system?
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  2. Posts : 423
    Windows 10/11 Pro 64 bit

    When the Microsoft store pops up the box for you to login to your account,
    just close it and it will go ahead and install the app that you want anyway.

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  3. Posts : 2,733
    Windows 10

    Indeed, You do not have to sign in to the MS Store.

    It should also be installed after the Nvidia DCH drivers which you download and install from Nvidia.
    There is a Note for the relevant Nvidia page in the system requirements.

    Updated page here:
    NVIDIA Control Panel Windows Store App | NVIDIA
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  4. Posts : 406
    Windows 10 21H1
    Thread Starter

    Nope, the Store does not install without signing in. I will try the DCH drivers later today (I have the regular driver installed).
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  5. Posts : 406
    Windows 10 21H1
    Thread Starter

    I've just installed the DHS drivers and, no, the Nvidia Control Panel was not installed at the same time or right after.
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  6. Posts : 4,453
    Win 11 Pro 22000.708


    When I did a clean install of Windows 10 1909 recently, Windows Update gave me the 432.00 DCH driver, and no nVidia control panel.

    I uninstalled those (DDU) and installed the regular Game Ready driver. The control panel was installed as in the past.
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  7. TV2
    Posts : 2,221
    W10 Pro 22H2

    Yes, my understanding is that if the DCH driver is installed it will not come with the Control Panel.

    According to nVidia, if a DCH driver is detected the Game Ready Driver package will automatically install the DCH driver. If a Standard Driver is detected the Game Ready package with install a Standard Driver, and the Standard Driver does come with the Control Panel.

    In one place nVidia states that a Standard driver will not overwrite a DCH Driver, and a DCH Driver will not overwrite a Standard Driver, even if the Clean Install check box is ticked.
    (In another page they say a Standard Driver Package - not the Game Ready Driver package - will do so)

    To switch from a DCH driver to a Standard Driver requires a complete uninstall of the old nVidia Drivers. DDU would work great for this. Then you must download the Standard Driver Package (found in their "Advanced Driver Search" area) to install a Standard Driver.
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  8. Posts : 406
    Windows 10 21H1
    Thread Starter

    I think that's what I have installed in the first place, although I did so without any internet connection and perhaps that was the problem. I'll try what you suggest and report back.
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  9. TV2
    Posts : 2,221
    W10 Pro 22H2

    To be clear: if you want the driver package that comes with the Control Panel included you want the "Standard Driver".

    When you run DDU, you do so from within Windows Safe Mode.

    It is important to disconnect the PC from the internet before you start the process and going into Safe Mode. If you don't, then when you restart into Normal Mode Windows could reinstall the DCH driver again.

    Before you start the process you want to have the Standard Driver package from nVidia saved and ready.
    It is important to get the Standard Driver. Here's how:

    Do not go directly to the GeForce Drivers page.
    • Instead go to nVidia.com
    • Go to the Drivers Tab at the top > drop down > choose: All nVidia Drivers
    • On the page that opens go to the bottom and click on: Beta and Older Drivers > you are now on the Advanced Driver Search page.
    • Choose GeForce here, and enter the rest of the information for your graphics card.
    • You will notice a new option here: Windows Driver Type. You can choose Standard or DCH. Choose Standard.
    • Download your driver package

    If you go to the Geforce page your only options are Game Ready and Studio drivers. These are not what you want.
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  10. Posts : 2,935
    Windows 10 Home x64

    IMHO DCH drivers just suck. I installed it, installed CP from MS Store and it refused to load. I uninstalled driver using DDU and reinstalled the non-DCH one.
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