Windows 7 beta and the beta nVidia Driver

Two words: Don’t install

This is what nVidia says and you typically get it through Windows Update. I suffered with the title bar going missing and ugly black blocks on my desktop for a week before I figured that the nVidia beta drivers were to blame. It looks like others too are having the same problem.

It appears on Windows Update as: NVIDIA driver update for NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS (Prerelease – WDDM 1.1) Optional

If you already installed it you can either Rollback the Update:

  1. Start-> type in ‘Device Manager’ and open it
  2. Expand the Display adapters node
  3. Double-click the NVIDIA node
  4. On the Driver tab click ‘Roll Back Driver’

Or you could uninstall the driver

  1. Start –> type in ‘Programs’ and launch ‘Add or remove programs’
  2. In the search box (top right) type in ‘nvidia’
  3. Right-click and uninstall the ‘NVIDIA Drivers’

After one (sometimes two) re-boots you should be all set.

Windows 7 beta and the beta nVidia Driver