Today, NVIDIA released its final set of Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL)-certified GeForce drivers in preparation for the launch of Windows 8 later this month. Download the new GeForce 306.97 drivers for Windows 8 from GeForce.com.

Polished drivers are critical to the success of any new operating system. Getting them out ahead of Microsoft’s upcoming Windows release is part of our effort to insure the PC remains the premier gaming and productivity platform.

The PC is the home of constant innovation. The combination of Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system with our new line of GeForce products, powered by the award-winning Kepler architecture, is going to provide PC users with an exceptional new lineup of extremely fast and fluid PCs.

This driver marks the third set of WHQL-certified drivers posted on GeForce.com in advance of the launch of Windows 8.

The drivers have already received acclaim for their stability:

I have to commend NVIDIA for releasing a perfect-working, rock stable Windows 8 driver

-techPowerUp

For more details on the new GeForce 306.97 drivers, refer to the release highlights on the driver download pages and read the GeForce R304 article on GeForce.com.

For more information on Windows 8, please visit: http://windows.microsoft.com.

The list of supported GeForce GPUs for Windows 8 can be found here on NVIDIA.com.

Enjoy the new GeForce drivers and let us know what you think.

  • jtopenshaw

    Windows 8 pro shuts down every time Nvidia post a new driver update. With no warning windows 8 tells me my computer has a problem and needs to shut down with an IRQL error. After I update then no more problems until they post a new driver update. This has happened 3 times and never fails. I just realized as I am writing this that I need to stop windows 8 from checking for updates until this problem is fixed or go back to windows 7. GTX 470, core i7 920. 24 gigs ram, msi eclipse.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/farid.saudrolleri Farid Saud Rolleri

    I fixed it, starting windows in safe mode, installing again the drivers of nvidia and it fisrt unistall and install again the drivers, Works for me.

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  • http://twitter.com/crAzieUtsab Utsab Adhikari

    After Installing windows 8 in my laptop my Nvidia Geforce GT 525M is not showing in adapter type..but i already installed it’s latest driver from nvidia downloads..Please suggest me guys… how can i slove this problem.

  • Stefan Christiansen

    tested drivers from 306.97 to 310.90 all crash in following setup–asrock extreme 11, 2 680s in slots 1&3 with areca 1882 in slot 5 or 6; 2 680s in slots 1&5 (asrock manual) areca 1882 in slot 3. if the raid card is doing a rebuild the nvidia driver crashes repeatedly until it causes a hard drive to be dropped from the array being rebuilt, losing the rebuild and making a hard reset neccessary. What is the fault here, a bad bios (problems from at least 1.70-2.20), bad drivers from nvidia, or poor firmware from areca? the last is unlikely areca does alot of testing since their world is data—maybe nvidia should think about building an ‘enterprise’ driver that is reliable and then a gaming driver for anything where crashing and damage to a system isn’t important—i can’t run a workstation this way, where’s fault and where’s the fix for this problem? tried gen 2 and gen3 settings on motherboard, no difference, have experienced the problem in win7-64,win8-64, win2012 essential, win 2012 server; whlq there is no such thing and all these drivers might as well be alpha or beta Attachments

  • Felix H

    Had similar problems using NVIDIA GeForce 7600, display goes blank and flashes with Windows 8 and 306.97 driver.  Had to remove the card, uninstall the driver, shutdown, re-insert card, and start back up.  It works with the default Windows 8 driver, but Windows 8 kept reinstalling 306.97 driver automatically so I had to remove card, and go through the whole process several times.  Now I tried disabling automatic driver updates.  Did this by right clicking on “Computer”, select Properties->Advanced System Settings->Hardware->Device Installation Settings and selected “No, let me choose what to do” and uncheck “Automatically get the device app … by your device manufacturer”.  Hopefully this will stop Windows for automatically loading the NVIDIA drivers and allow me to use my video card.  Frustrating….

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Ahmed.azuz Ahmed Azuz

    Hey guys, I’ve got GeFroce 310M and Windows 8 64bit doesn’t seem to be reading it. It says (device manager); Basic microsoft graphics adapter. And when I try to install the latest driver of Nvidia, it says (Nvidia) can’t find compatible hardware!!!!
    any help? plz e-mail me to Ahmed.azuz@hotmail.com
     Thanks a lot and hope your issue will be fixed ASAP :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005298270015 Seth Thompson

    Yeah, nothing but black screen every time i boot into win 8.
    I am not going to boot into safe mode every time… any fixes yet???

  • Robert Tarling

    Alas, I went back to Win 7…

  • Shane Mann

    I have a Dell XPS 15Z with windows 7 and a Nvidia GeForce GT 525M graphics card and ive been experiencing the black screen at startup straight after logging in which takes around 3-5 mins to clear to my desktop. This has been happening for some months and i havent really been able to find a solution. I tried looking at Event Viewer (i think its called) to see what was failing at startup and it seemed that something to do with the graphics card is the problem. I also read that i could use System Restore to go back to a point where this problem wasnt occuring but i think i was too late. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to fix this? Any help would be great! Thanks in advance!

  • http://profiles.google.com/martin.lane.mail Martin Lane

    Rubbish, I’m still having issues with nvidia drivers and Windows 8, driver install has a  nasty habit of screwing up under windows 8.

  • http://www.facebook.com/KaraRowe20 Kara Rowe

    hello:  windows 8 has been a nightmare for me. i got a new laptop w/a much better GPU (an AMD Radeon) but, when i installed Photoshop, Illustrator etc. i got really bad Flickering, canvas fills with black, can’t use the 3D tools etc etc.

    so, this will be my 2nd time sending the same machine back to Toshiba (long story) and i plan to replace it w/a Dell that has a NVIDIA Geforce which i had hopes would be much better. but after reading these post i don’t think i’ll have any better luck.

    what is going on here? 8 has been out for what? over a year? and still these problems? it’s CRAZY!

    has anyone got or know of a GPU that is working with Windows 8? please, i really need to find one as i am trying to build a business. thank you!! email me: kararowe@yahoo.com

  • Emily

    ANSWER:

    I’m not entirely sure if people have gotten an answer to this yet–because I haven’t seen one from any NVIDIA official on this thread at all. I have a GT520 card, but I recently bought a GTX 650ti which I tried and had the black screen issue. After upgrading to Windows 8.1 Pro, had the black screen issue right after the logo again as well–with my GT520. What I then had to do was boot into safe mode (I just restarted my computer multiple times as Windows was booting up, and mashed F8 each time until it went into automatic repair mode) and then rebooted into Safe Mode under Advanced Options, and Startup Settings. In Safe Mode I uninstalled my NVIDIA Driver, which, at this time is the 331.58. I only uninstalled that one. I left everything else alone. I restarted when I was prompted to by the NVIDIA panel to complete the uninstall.

    I booted back into Windows normally, and then let the uninstall finish its thing. I double-checked to make sure the NVIDIA control panel was gone, and it was. Then I RESTARTED once more–to let the driver that Windows automatically installs for you (which is one of the DUMBEST things Microsoft has done) replace it and finish installing itself. Then to be on the safe side, I restarted again. When all of that was done–I went onto the NVIDIA website, downloaded the 331.58 driver, installed it, and rebooted. Everything is working fine now.

    The problem that is happening, is as you installed Windows 8, or 8.1, it automatically installs drivers for your computer’s hardware to make it meet the requirements for Windows 8, or 8.1. In this case, it installs an NVIDIA 304 driver. Normally, after a driver is installed, you are prompted to restart. Not in this case. What you have to do RIGHT AFTER you reach the desktop mode for Windows 8/8.1, is restart. Immediately. Don’t do anything. Just restart one more time. Let that driver finish installing. If you don’t, if you go to the NVIDIA website and install their newest driver, what it then does on restart is have TWO DRIVERS attempting to finish installing themselves at the SAME TIME. This creates a huge conflict and thus–the black/flickering grey screen right after the logo.

    I’m going to replace my GT520 with the GTX650ti I bought now that the drivers seem to be stabilized, and see if it works. Hope this works for you guys.

  • Bob Tarling

    Hello Emily, thank you for that concise and clear post.
    After the problems that I had, which resulted in the PC doing exactly as you said with two sets of drivers trying to install at the same time, I went back to Windows 7, and have stayed there ever since.

  • Emily

    I bought Windows 8 through the student store on my college campus. Unfortunately because I waited too long to upgrade from XP, it was when Windows 8 was out, so they stopped selling 7 for a reduced cost through the school’s website. I’m thinking of just dropping the money on 7 though… and waiting for Microsoft to finally figure everything out with 8.

    From what I know, Windows isn’t planning on doing anymore driver updates after the initial install of the OS. That’s all up to the graphics card companies.

  • Bob Tarling

    Thank you for the reply :) .
    I have a GTX550ti, and the install used to (slowly) go well, until after a reboot, when the display was corrupted, with what looked like two sets of the display tying to show the install progressing, blurred pixellated and allsorts…

    On restarting again, the graphics card fan roared, until I shut the PC off with the mains switch. On restarting I’d get the error message that the install had failed, and would roll-back to 7.

    To say I was miffed would be to be putting it politely…

  • Emily

    I hear you on that one. I think rolling back to 7 was a really good idea for you in that case. I haven’t had any display issues that severe thankfully, but it sounds like a real issue with Windows 8 and the GTX 500 series.

  • Bob Tarling

    A real shame, and more of a shame that there isn’t an official fix for this. :( .

  • Emily

    The GTX 650 ti seems to be working just fine now on my system. My friend is sending me a copy of Windows 7 though just in case…

  • Bob Tarling

    I’d love to go back to 8, alas my network dongle wasn’t too happy with 8 either.