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Nvidia Begins Regular Windows 8 Driver Updates

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Nvidia has officially started its driver rollout for Windows 8 with the release of version 296.17.

With Windows 8 Consumer Preview still hot and fresh from the Microsoft bakery, Nvidia has already released its first driver update for GeForce and Quadro GPUs. These drivers, version 296.17, are available for both GeForce and Quadro GPU-based desktops and notebooks on Nvidia.com and on Microsoft’s Windows Update. They also mark the start of regular Nvidia driver updates for the new Windows platform.

"Windows 7 and Windows XP users aren’t left out. An equivalent driver, version 296.10 (WHQL-certified), can be downloaded on GeForce.com today," Nvidia said on Tuesday. "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."

The new Windows 8 drivers supports all the features of the new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) v1.2 while also supporting Nvidia 3D Vision and 3DTV Play products. This means Windows 8 users will be able to play more than 600 games, watch Blu-ray movies and view photos in 3D. And with Windows 8’s new built-in stereoscopic 3D support in DirectX 11, 3D Vision is poised to provide users the best platform for games and applications, the company said.

Nvidia also pointed out that the new drivers contain the same enhancements for Skyrim, Diablo 3, Modern Warfare 3 and Mass Effect 3 that were implemented into the GeForce 295.73 WHQL drivers. These include Ambient Occlusion support which deepens the shadows for greater visual depth without nuking the framerate, and support for SLI setups running BioWare's new Mass Effect 3. The drivers also brought additions to the SLI and 3D Vision profiles.

For more information on 3D Vision and 3DTV Play support in Windows 8, check out Nvidia's Windows 8 FAQs. For more information on the Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview, visit Microsoft's dedicated Windows 8 Consumer Preview page.

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    memadmax , March 13, 2012 9:11 PM
    Not surprising since Win8 seems like Win7 under the hood....

    The UI is different story however >_>
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    cronik93 , March 13, 2012 9:19 PM
    So when the hell is AMD going to start?
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    dimar , March 13, 2012 9:28 PM
    Let's ask nVidia and AMD to go on win8 driver strike until microsoft brings back the start button :-)
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    nadavp3 , March 13, 2012 9:42 PM
    just use this instead:
    http://stardock.com/products/start8/
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    dalauder , March 13, 2012 11:28 PM
    dimarLet's ask nVidia and AMD to go on win8 driver strike until microsoft brings back the start button :-)
    Don't get too hung up on the Start Button. Most your programs can be accessed from a "frequently used" list, just like Chrome's New Tab Page. The rest can be accessed through a simple search command. Personally, I don't think Windows 95 divinely had the best layout, so I welcome an attempt at improving it.
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    derekullo , March 13, 2012 11:30 PM
    Crazy Tom's Hardware authors tricking us to click by using diablo pictures.
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    JamesSneed , March 14, 2012 12:28 AM
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    So when the hell is AMD going to start?


    They already have you must not have noticed.

    http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/Windows8ConsumerPreviewDrivers.aspx
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    hdawood , March 14, 2012 12:51 AM
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    So when the hell is AMD going to start?


    AMD drivers are available here. In fact the leaked builds have been available for sometime now. Guru3D link

    Quote:
    Let's ask nVidia and AMD to go on win8 driver strike until microsoft brings back the start button :-)


    I use classic shell (WinXP style start menu) in Windows 7. I am sure it would work in Win8 as well.
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    dimar , March 14, 2012 1:10 AM
    hdawoodAMD drivers are available here. In fact the leaked builds have been available for sometime now. Guru3D linkI use classic shell (WinXP style start menu) in Windows 7. I am sure it would work in Win8 as well.


    This is all cool. But MS is taking the choices away.
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    agnickolov , March 14, 2012 3:00 AM
    memadmaxNot surprising since Win8 seems like Win7 under the hood...

    Correct - its internal version is 6.2. For comparison, Vista is 6.0 and Windows 7 is 6.1. Going further back, Windows XP is 5.1 and Windows 2000 is 5.0.
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    ltdan , March 14, 2012 3:49 AM
    If people want "Metro" then let them have it, but at least give us choice to go classic. Metro may be fine for a Tablet, and doesn't look too bad on the 360. But on a full-fledged PC? Really?

    Anyway, at least there is pre-release driver support. Unlike "Longhorn" (oh god) A.K.A. Vista Beta.
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    nekromobo , March 14, 2012 5:27 AM
    hdawoodI use classic shell (WinXP style start menu) in Windows 7. I am sure it would work in Win8 as well.


    I use hieroglyphs on papyrus, should work on win8 as well /sarcasm

    The win7 UI is the best I have seen so far from Microsoft, you should really start using that :)  And yes I have worked with those machines that booted up from paper cards that had hole's....
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    iamtheking123 , March 14, 2012 8:24 AM
    Not like anyone is going to be using Win8 anyways.
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    ali2551 , March 14, 2012 9:11 AM
    Unfortunately the win8 driver is so unstable that stops responding several times a day for me. BTW win8 does freaking hard try to recover that driver and not to show me the new and shiny BSOD screen :/ 
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    Manos , March 14, 2012 11:40 AM
    Just a heads up. Do NOT allow windows 8 to update your NVidia drivers to the 196.17 cause personally I hadn't seen my PC to die and restart by itself for maybe years due to drivers. ( lies, There was one on the Nvidia page as abeta that did it about 3 months ago . Usually all the beta work great for me )

    So, avoid at all cost cause it messes up with your GPU more than you would like it to. Started with restarting the drivers and then after a restart it failed miserably within minutes without even watching an HD clip or gaming. :/  295.73 are the way to go till something else comes along.
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    Cryio , March 14, 2012 12:41 PM
    ManosJust a heads up. Do NOT allow windows 8 to update your NVidia drivers to the 196.17 cause personally I hadn't seen my PC to die and restart by itself for maybe years due to drivers. ( lies, There was one on the Nvidia page as abeta that did it about 3 months ago . Usually all the beta work great for me )So, avoid at all cost cause it messes up with your GPU more than you would like it to. Started with restarting the drivers and then after a restart it failed miserably within minutes without even watching an HD clip or gaming. 295.73 are the way to go till something else comes along.


    You paranoid or something? You are among the few who have a problem. And then....a lot of us have problems with video drivers from various reasons :D