How To Install Graphics Card Drivers On Windows 8

by Rohit Khurana on March 15, 2012


We have been playing around with Windows 8 for quite sometime now and the Consumer preview is also available for download by public. You can also try out Windows 8 consumer preview on your computer by downloading it from Microsoft official website here. In this article, I will guide you step by step on how to Install Graphics Card Drivers On Windows 8. I f your computer has a basic Intel chipset drivers or other basic drivers, it will most probably be automatically installed, but if you have a graphics card installed on your PC, then you will need to install the drivers to get the optimum display quality and screen resolution on your Windows 8 Desktop or Laptop. If you don’t install the graphics card drivers on a PC equipped with a graphics card hardware, you will observe poor and slow graphics and sluggish graphics quality. In this tutorial, I will use my Windows 8 HP Laptop with an Nvidia graphics card for the demonstration purpose, this same tutorial applies for the ATI and other brands of graphics cards as well.

Windows 8 Graphics Card Installation Guide

Step By Step Guide To Install Graphics Card Driver On Windows 8

Installing a graphics card on Windows 8 is simple like installing any other software driver, but there maybe some small troubles or glitches in the process which we explain you during this tutorial. Read on for details:

Step 1: Identify your graphics card manufacturer and model number – This can be little tricky, the simplest way to do this is to check your computer’s model number (in case of a branded PC), and search on Google or some search engine about the graphics card hardware. If it is a self assembled PC or after market assembled PC, you can get the graphics card details by running a utility like GPU-Z or manually using this tutorial to identify unknown devices. In my case, it was a Nvidia 9200M GS hardware as per the laptop model number.

Step 2 : On Windows 8 start screen, click Desktop and Open Internet Explorer on the Desktop. Go to the graphics card manufacture official website. In my case, I went to the Nvidia official website and then went to the drivers section. Select the Graphics card make and version of Windows 8 (32 bit or 64 bit) and find the drivers.

Go to Desktop in Windows 8

image – Click on Desktop

Launch Internet Explorer in windows 8

image – Launch IE

Open Graphics Cards Official Homepage

Image – Open Graphics Card Driver Official Website and go to Drivers Section

Select Graphics Card Version and Windows 8 Version

image – Manually select the Driver by graphics card make and select Windows 8, 32 bit or 64 Bit whichever is installed on your computer

Step 3: Most Graphics card manufacturers have already released windows 8 drivers, so you should not face any problem to get a driver for Windows 8. Once located, download and save the driver to a folder on your computer like you save any other download file. Wait until the driver downloads, it may take few minutes to few hours depending on your Internet connectivity speed.

Download Windows 8 Driver


image – Download the driver

Step 4 : Run the saved driver setup file – Now this step may not be as easy as it sounds. In my case, when I started Windows 8 driver installation, the file did not work and there was a black command prompt screen with error that “file is too big to launch in memory” and the screen disappeared in a flash and the process stopped. Some installers, like Nvidia come as an extractor package which first extracts and then installs. So what you can do with such failing extractors is that you run them on a Windows 7 or Windows Vista PC if you have access to them, it will extract the files but the setup will not proceed as the driver is not meant for Windows 7 or Windows Vista. But the extraction will be successful on older Windows PC. Note down where the files are being extracted and then copy the setup files from that location using a pen drive and then run the setup file on Windows 8 PC from the Pen drive. To run the setup, right click on the setup file and click “Run as administrator”

path where Driver files are extracted

image – Path or location where Windows 8 drivers are being extracted

run setup as adminisstrator

image – Run Graphics card setup file as administrator

If all goes well, the installation will start and you can proceed with the steps.

Graphics card installation on Windows 8

image- Graphics card installation on Windows 8

During the installation, you may see a Windows Security warning related to installation of new device, select install to continue.

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image – Click install on security warning

And this is pretty much it, soon the installation will complete and you will see a completion message.

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image – Windows 8 Graphics Card Driver Installed Successfully.

After the driver is installed, you will see an instant improvement in graphics quality, display resolution options and on right clicking on desktop, you will also see graphic card control panel option.

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This will make Windows 8 a much more pleasing OS when the graphics render fast and smooth as they should.

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image – Optimum graphics resolution on Windows 8 Laptop

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Ankit March 16, 2012 at 10:55 am

is there any way we can do for amd i have older amd card ATI Radeon 2100 on my pc when i installed windows 8 it was not to best resolution any tip on that??

nana April 12, 2012 at 12:30 am

That’s easy, but what about of run 3D games?, i have installed drivers from my videocard provider (ATI for windows 8), but i cant play nothing in 3D, and i’m not the only, we need to know how to run 3d software, not how to install the driver, all world know how to install drivers man.

badr June 4, 2012 at 11:58 pm

can i find the driver for intel gma 500 driver for widescreen resolution for W8

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