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Fixed: This Graphics Driver Could Not Find Compatible Graphics Hardware

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More and more users like the NVIDIA products due to its features and functionality. Many of users have this problem more or less: NVIDIA Installer cannot continue and this graphics driver could not find compatible graphics hardware when you upgraded to Windows 10.

We will let you know how to install the driver successfully by this article.

Method 1: Installation Previous NVIDIA driver

After you upgraded Windows from Windows 7/8 to Windows 10, you are going to install a NVIDIA graphics card on your PC such as GeForce GTX 1080. Sometimes you will find that the NVIDIA graphics card has missing under the Display adapters item in Device Manager or windows 10 won't recognize this card. It probably shows up a compatible device or integrated graphics card in Device Manager such as Microsoft Basic Display Adapter or Intel HD Graphic 4000 or 4400.

One of the reasons for this error is that the specific device ID for your graphics card does not show up in any of the INF setup files. So far as we know, the NVIDIA.INF and Driver files still save in the computer when we upgraded the system to Windows 10. The way around this is to install your previous NVIDIA driver manually.

1, Go to Device Manager.

2, Expand on Display adapters and right-click on Properties of Microsoft Basic Display Adapter.

microsoft basic display adapter properties

3, In Microsoft Basic Display Adapter Properties, please select these options to do: Driver tab > Update Driver > Browse my computer for driver software.

microsoft basic display adapter update driver

4, In order to search for installation route of the NVIDIA driver software, please hit Browse. You can pick out the previous driver file in the Display.Driver subfile from Local Disk (C :). And then press OK.

microsoft basic display adapter browse

You can see the detailed installation route about the NVIDIA driver software in the box. And then go to Next.

search for driver software in this location

5, Windows will be detecting and installing the previous driver as per as your request. After a few minutes, Windows has successfully updated your driver software and the NVIDIA driver will be installed.


If you find there is not any device under the Display adapters in Device Manager after you upgrade to Windows 10. You have try to use method 2.


Method 2: Fix Conflict between PCI Express and Graphics

One of the reasons is PCI Express series conflict with the Graphics caused by NVIDIA Installer cannot continue. For example PCI Express root port or PCI Express Complex.

The PCI Express Root Port is a specific port on a computer's motherboard. The Root Port is prone to the same device conflicts and compatibility issues as a regular PCI port. So you are best to solve this conflicts and compatibility issues before installing the driver.

Please follow below steps to operation:

1, Go to Device Manager.

2, Expand on System Devices and choose PCI Express Root Port with the yellow mark (sometime PCI Express Root Port is showed up in Other Devices). Right-click on Update Driver Software of PCI Express Root Port.

pci update driver

3, Please click on Search automatically for updated driver software. Windows will be detecting and updating the PCI Express Root Port driver automatically to consistent with NVIDIA driver. After a few minutes, the best driver software for your device is already installed.

pci update driver finished

4, Reinstall the NVIDIA graphics driver, then it should be installed continue.


Please pay attention two points:

If a few of PCI Express series have this error, please update their drivers one by one.

If the NVIDIA device is a standalone graphics card, please try to change the card to a different PCI slot.

pci slots

Video Tutorial

Video Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKwFHU8ka5I

This video is a whole solution for this issue. If you encountered the NVIDIA Installer cannot continue and NVIDIA installer failed when you installing the NVIDIA driver, please watching the video tutorial:


Final Solution:


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