NVIDIA DCH/Standard Display Drivers for Windows 10 FAQ

Updated 03/18/2021 01:46 PM
NVIDIA DCH/Standard Display Drivers for Windows 10 FAQ

What are DCH Display Drivers from NVIDIA?

Microsoft DCH (Declarative Componentized Hardware supported apps) drivers refers to a new universal Windows driver package. . Per Microsoft requirements, the NVIDIA Control Panel is no longer included in the base DCH driver package and is instead distributed exclusively through the Microsoft Store and seamlessly installed following the completion of the NVIDIA driver installation.   


What is the difference between NVIDIA Standard and DCH Display Drivers?

Functionally, there is no difference between NVIDIA’s Standard and DCH drivers.  While the base core component files remain the same, the way DCH drivers are packaged and installed differs from previous (Standard) drivers. When directly comparing the two driver types, the DCH driver package has a smaller size and a faster installation time than the Standard package.


Which versions of Windows 10 support NVIDIA DCH Display Drivers?

NVIDIA DCH Display Drivers are supported on Windows 10 x64 April 2018 Update (Version 1803 OS Build 17134) and later versions.  


My Windows 10 PC has NVIDIA Standard Display Drivers installed.  Can I download and install NVIDIA DCH Display Drivers from NVIDIA.com?

Yes.  NVIDIA DCH Display Drivers can be installed on top of NVIDIA Standard Display Drivers. 


My Windows 10 PC has NVIDIA DCH Display Drivers installed.  Can I download and install NVIDIA Standard Display Drivers from NVIDIA.com?  

Yes, you can locate and download the driver through the Advanced Driver Search. When installing Standard Display Driver versions posted 12/6/19 or later, the driver installation will force a clean installation which will fully remove the previous DCH driver before the Standard driver is installed. Should you be attempting to install a Standard Display Driver version posted before 12/6/19, we recommend you manually uninstall the previous DCH driver before beginning the installation.


How can I tell which NVIDIA Windows Driver Type is installed on my PC?  

To confirm the type of system you have, open the NVIDIA Control Panel -> select “System Information” from the bottom left hand corner -> locate Driver Type.  The text that follows will show if the driver type is DCH or Standard.  


I installed a DCH driver and now my Freestyle and Ansel games can’t find my ReShade filters. Where did they go ?  

Confirm the “Ansel” folder exists in this directory: “Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Ansel” (typically on your C:\ drive). If not, manually create this folder and move all existing/new ReShade filters here. For more information, please visit:

I uninstalled the NVIDIA DCH Display Drivers and NVIDIA Control Panel and then proceeded to download and install the latest driver from NVIDIA.com.  Once the driver installation was completed, I am no longer seeing the NVIDIA Control Panel.  

The NVIDIA DCH Display Driver will install the base display driver components but the hardware support apps (NVIDIA Control Panel) must be reinstalled from the Microsoft Windows Store manually. This should happen automatically without any user input. However, if the NVIDIA Control Panel is not installed during the installation of an NVIDIA DCH display driver, you may manually install it from the Microsoft Store be searching for “NVIDIA Control Panel” or directly from the URL below:



Please note: Reinstallation of the NVIDIA Control Panel is only necessary if you manually uninstall the NVIDIA Control Panel.  If you are performing a clean install of Windows 10 x64 on a system which came preloaded with NVIDIA DCH Display Drivers, Windows Update will download and install both the NVIDIA DCH Display Driver and NVIDIA Control Panel automatically once you connect to the internet.


After updating my NVIDIA DCH display driver, I am no longer able to open the NVIDIA Control Panel.  When I attempt to open the NVIDIA Control Panel, I get an error message "NVIDIA Driver is not installed on your system".


The NVIDIA Control Panel app from the Microsoft Store may periodically get updated.  If you are seeing the message above, it likely means the latest NVIDIA Control Panel app was not updated to the latest version from the Microsoft Store during the driver update process.  


How to fix it:


1. From the Windows Start Menu, open the Microsoft Store app.   

2. In the search field on the top right-hand corner, type "NVIDIA Control Panel" until the search as you type result shows the NVIDIA Control Panel app as shown in the screenshot below.  Once it appears, proceed to click on it to bring up the page. Note: If you accidentally clicked on the search icon after typing "NVIDIA Control Panel", the Windows Store search results will show you several other games and apps.  You will find the NVIDIA Control Panel under the Apps section.

3. From here it should automatically start updating the NVIDIA Control Panel app.  If it does not, you may manually update the app.  

Once completed, you should be able to open the NVIDIA Control Panel.

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