NVIDIA DCH/Standard Display Drivers for Windows 10 FAQ

Answer ID 4777
Updated 10/02/2019 11:05 PM
NVIDIA DCH/Standard Display Drivers for Windows 10 FAQ
What is the difference between NVIDIA Standard and DCH Display Drivers?
Microsoft DCH (Declarative Componentized Hardware supported apps) drivers refers to a new Windows 10 driver package preinstalled by OEMS implementing the Microsoft Universal Driver paradigm.  While the base core component files remain the same, the way DCH drivers are packaged differs from previous Legacy (Standard) drivers.   
 
More information on Windows 10 DCH Drivers are available directly from Microsoft:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/drivers/develop/getting-started-with-universal-drivers
 
Which versions of Windows 10 supports 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?
No.  NVIDIA DCH Display Drivers cannot be over-installed on top of NVIDIA Standard Display Drivers.  We recommend users download drivers through GeForce Experience which will detect your display driver type and download the appropriate version. If you try to install the NVIDIA Control Panel app from the Microsoft Store on a PC that has NVIDIA Standard Drivers, you will see the error message below:
 
My Windows 10 PC has NVIDIA DCH Display Drivers installed.  Can I download and install NVIDIA Standard Display Drivers from NVIDIA.com?  
No.  NVIDIA Standard Display Drivers cannot be over-installed on top of NVIDIA DCH Display Drivers.  We recommend users download drivers through GeForce Experience which will detect your display driver type and download the appropriate version. 
 
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 ‚ÄúSystem 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 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 not 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.  You may download the NVIDIA Control Panel for NVIDIA DCH Display Drivers from the URL below:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/nvidia-control-panel/9nf8h0h7wmlt?activetab=pivot%3Aoverviewtab
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 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 accidently clicked on the search icon after typing "NVIDIA Contol 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.   
 
I have NVIDIA Standard Display Drivers installed in my PC.  Should I install the NVIDIA Control Panel from the Microsoft Store?  
No.  The NVIDIA Control Panel available from the Microsoft Store is designed for use with NVIDIA DCH Display Drivers only.
 
 
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