I use Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits. Recently I receive through Windows update new NVidia drivers. When I try to install it Windows freeze. When I try to restart Windows freeze right after the Windows Logo shows-up. I can only restart in safe mode. Thankfully I was able to go to a restore point in safe mode.
I tryed another card, uninstalled the original card first in the control panel and removed all drivers, restarded with the new card. Everythink OK till I install the drivers. It freeze again.
I tryed to install the drivers in safe modus, it worked, but when I resparted the PC it was the same thing it freeze right after the Windows logo shows-up.
The only thing I could do is removed all drivers again, re-install my original card, and in safe mode through system restore go through a point when everything was working.
You can apply the procedures to NVidia, or AMD...whichever works basically the same.
Two of the key points are to (1) shut off the security or firewall when installing drivers...(2) reset the power profiles to accommodate high performance ...
AND while we are on the subject of security, Don't use multiple security programs, downloaded from the internet. It will cause a variety of conflicts in the system, and make you pull your hair out. Get rid of "free" downloaded security. Use an all in one professional security system, which has "multimedia or gaming" Mode. Make sure that gaming mode is ON, or you may experience problems.
Also, you made sure that the drivers you want to install is 64 bit compatible??? You made sure that the video card is compatible with the motherboard in 64 bit???
Sign in as administrator (If you are not administrator you may be blocked)
Close all the applications that are being used...save and close your files...
Turn Off the antivirus and firewall, turn off the functions of windows defender.
If you have multiple security programs installed, they must be turned ALL off. Security will prevent your driver from installing...
Download the latest (CCC, NVidia, etc...) driver package, and save it to an easy location. Make sure this is the correct driver for your card.
Delete all the current video software and drivers, restart the system (the video will look screwy, don't worry)
Now load install all the newest drivers and restart the system (the driver will not work (yet) as you said, but load it anyway)
left click start
left click computer
right click C drive
Left click Open
Right click Users
Left click properties
"Check" mark the box that says: Attributes: "Hidden" (there is now a check-mark in the "Hidden" box)
Now the system will apply the hidden attributes...and this will take a while, or maybe a long while. Let this proceed, and don't interrupt it...
During this procedure, a message may inform you that you do not have administrator privilege to the file you are trying to change the attributes of. That's OK. Just click: "ignore all."
When this procedure is finished, click OK (the box will close after you click OK)
Now you will once again be looking at folders in C drive (don’t close the C drive window or you may regret it)
(once again) right click Users
(once again) left click properties
UN- check the box that says: Attributes "Hidden" (you will now take the check mark OUT, Hidden is no longer checked)
Now the computer will UN-apply the hidden attributes, and it may take a while, or a long while...but let it proceed, and finish, don't interrupt it.
During this procedure, a message may inform you that you are not the administrator of the file that you are trying to change the attributes of. That's OK, just click: "ignore all."
When this is completed click OK
Now close all windows and restart the computer
turn all the security back on.
At this point, the video (CCC, NVidia, whatever) should be functional. Open the video software and check the function.
Click Start, Click Control Panel,
Look at the top of the window, in the path bar you see “control panel >”
Click on “>” (in the path bar) now click on “all control panel options.”
(This will open up all the hidden controls available)
Click Power Options
click on the arrow to “show other plans”
Check the Box that says "high performance"
Click (in high performance) "change plan settings"
Turn off display: set to NEVER
Put the computer to sleep: set to NEVER
Click: Change advanced plan settings
Scroll down the list: Click on the + signs to expand the choices for each item on the list.
Require a password on wake up: set to NO
Hard disk: turn off the hard disk: set to NEVER
Wireless adapter settings:
Sleep: set to NEVER
Allow Hybrid sleep: set to NEVER
Hibernate after: set to NEVER
Allow wake timers: set to disable
USB selective suspend setting: set to NEVER
Power Buttons and lid:
Power button action: Setting: set to shut down
Sleep Button Action: set to: do nothing
Link State Power Management, Setting: OFF
Processor Power Management: Minimum state (set to) 7%
System Cooling Policy: setting: Active
Maximum State (set to) 100%
Turn off display after: setting: NEVER (turning off display automatically can cause freezing also)
Turn off the monitor power manually, when you want it off. Don’t use the auto monitor turn off.
When Sharing Media: Setting: Prevent idling to sleep
When Playing Video: Setting: Optimize Video
Open the bios set up and make sure "cool and quiet" is OFF. (AMD)
If there is a power saver or a "quiet mode" in the bios, shut it off...
There may be a performance setting in the bios setup you have...make sure it's cranked up to max.
in the bios, see that the allocation for video, if available, is maxed.
Now open the hardware manager profiles...
click system properties
click device manager
double click on mice and other pointing devices
right click on HID compliant mouse
left click on properties
click on the power management tab
UN-check the box that says: "allow the computer to turn off this device to save power." (there is now NO check mark in this box)
Now repeat this procedure for all mice, monitors, keyboards, and ALL USB ports on the device manager list.
You must open ALL the devices one at a time, as above, and turn off the power saver, for each device.
NOW turn all the security back ON. NOW open your security antivirus. Make sure the antivirus is set to "gaming mode." Or "multimedia mode."
This prevents the security updating from interrupting your game / multimedia priority.
IF the security does not have "gaming mode" or "multimedia mode" get different security.
IF you are using "free" security downloaded from the internet, get rid of it NOW.
Use ONLY professional all in one security. DO NOT load multiple mismatched security programs, which conflict with each other.
DO NOT load free tools into your system such as: "driver sweeper" or any of that "free" goofy stuff.