Nvidia GeForce Forceware 169.21 Beta

Nvidia has released Vista & XP drivers for the Geforce 6, 7 & 8 series. This is not a WHQL release, is in beta form and available in 32bit and 64bit flavours. International versions are available for both Vista and XP. ForceWare ensures the best out-of-box experience for every user and delivers continuous performance and feature updates over the life of NVIDIA GeForce GPUs.

Release Notes:

  • WHQL candidate driver for GeForce FX, 6, 7, and 8 series GPUs.
  • Added support for GeForce 8800 GTS 512 GPU.
  • Recommended driver for the latest DirectX 9, and OpenGL applications.
  • Numerous game and application compatibility fixes.

This is BETA software!, please use caution when installing it on your system
Download 169.21 Beta for Windows Vista: 32bit | 64bit | Release Notes
Download 169.21 Beta for: Windows XP, Windows XP Media Center Edition | Windows XP x64, Server 2003 x64 | Release Notes
Link: Home Page | Driver Page | Beta Driver Page | Forum Discussion (Thanks digitalnemesis)

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I remember when I used to get excited about driver releases. Now I feel anxiety over what disappointments each release will bring.

Bring back the classic control panel nVidia, I am tierd of hacking your drivers to get the functionality I need.

I'll admit, I kind of like this driver. It seems very stable.

What I don't like is their bloated control panel that was forced on us. I can't even control antialiasing from the tray icon anymore. Gamers want performance; something you don't get from large programs needed to change simple settings, and extra services running in memory constantly.

_kane81 said,
go to laptopvdieo2go.com for laptop version

The desktop drivers with modified .inf to my knowledge don't include the powermizer control panels... the modified laptop drivers from other manufactures can work across other brands, but some manufactures include special key functions that require special interactions with the drivers... it would be nice for nvidia to put together regular releases of a unified laptop driver.

Budious said,

The desktop drivers with modified .inf to my knowledge don't include the powermizer control panels... the modified laptop drivers from other manufactures can work across other brands, but some manufactures include special key functions that require special interactions with the drivers... it would be nice for nvidia to put together regular releases of a unified laptop driver.

It would be nice, but it's not reasonable to demand that. Moreover, people complain enough (unfairly in my opinion) about their regular Forceware drivers, so let's not bog that development team down anymore.

illz55 said,
It would be nice, but it's not reasonable to demand that. Moreover, people complain enough (unfairly in my opinion) about their regular Forceware drivers, so let's not bog that development team down anymore.

Nvidia's not hurting for money... they have so many side projects, their animation rendering application, the hardware acceleration codec, they can afford to hire a few more driver programmers I think. There is a difference between bogged down and not releasing an official laptop GO driver for 12 months.

_kane81 said,
go to laptopvideo2go.com for laptop version

What a great site!

I was able to update my Clevo laptop to the latest drivers. Clevo hadn't updated since August..

Thanks.