NVIDIA DCH/Standard Display Drivers for Windows 10 FAQ

Updated 09/29/2021 01:10 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 10 driver package. Click here for more information.

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.

For more detailed information on the NVIDIA Control Panel app, please visit:



I installed the NVIDIA DCH Display Drivers. After the driver installation completed, I am no longer able to open the NVIDIA Control Panel.

The NVIDIA Control Panel must be installed on the (C:) drive for NVIDIA DCH display driver installations. If you have made changes to the default location where new apps will be saved to from the Windows Settings, you may encounter an error when trying to open the NVIDIA Control Panel. To resolve this, choose one of the following workarounds:

a. Go into the Windows Settings -> System -> Storage -> click on the link

Change where new content is saved at the bottom of the page -> select your (C:) drive from the New apps will save to: drop down box.

b. Download and install the latest NVIDIA Standard Display Driver from the Advanced Driver Search page.

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:


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