NVIDIA Windows 8 WHQL driver still not ready yet

Two weeks on from the original announcement that a certified (WHQL) driver for the Windows 8 Release Preview would be released "early next week", it seems that NVIDIA still isn't ready to deliver on that promise.

Just under a week ago we reported that Chris Daniel, Senior Project Manager for Consumer Software, updated his blog post to inform impatient customers that the drivers were still not ready, due to lack of "additional fixes" needed for the Windows 8 RP driver.

Daniels updated the entry again on Monday evening now stating they are preparing a beta driver that should land between now and early next week.

[Update] 6/11/2012: We apologize again for the delay of the WHQL-certified driver for the Windows 8 Release Preview. Please know that our software team is working around the clock. Thanks to your comments, we have decided to post a beta driver in advance of the WHQL-certified driver. Our developers are targeting beta driver release in the next 4-8 days.  We’ll update you again on status of the driver, this Friday.

As with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, NVIDIA customers suffered various graphic issues in games and notably in the rendering of Firefox itself and web page content, in Firefox there are still issues with the scrollbar which seems to break randomly and the rendering of fonts within web pages is also broken, jumping randomly between the correct rendering of fonts and not. Although the issues seem a little better in the Release Preview compared to the Consumer Preview, it's clear that NVIDIA still has work to do.

Some members in the forums have reported that they saw some improvement with the Windows 7 301.42 driver, but that doesn't apply to everyone. So it looks like we'll have a little more waiting to do.

Source: NVIDIA via Forums

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How is it they had a driver for the Consumer Preview but were unable to build on it for this release? It is very poor planning imo.

snorge said,
How is it they had a driver for the Consumer Preview but were unable to build on it for this release? It is very poor planning imo.
Maybe serious, showstopper bugs?

I do not want to relive the driver woes of Vista where Nvidia felt they didn't need to make a driver for an OS that was beta. Anyone remember that? That was their excuse the last few months of Vista`s development. Look what that got us. That is the reason why they need to put out a driver, any driver be it a beta or a WHQL. If it`s bugged, tough tit. Get it out there so the majority of users can use Windows 8 and then work on improving it for RTM for the handful of people that experience problems with it.

They need to have it easily and readily available before RTM which is still a damn large amount of time. Why is everybody getting their knickers in a twist i can't figure out. And you betcha Windows 8 will have generic drivers working quite nicely in the meantime.

LauRoman said,
They need to have it easily and readily available before RTM which is still a damn large amount of time. Why is everybody getting their knickers in a twist i can't figure out. And you betcha Windows 8 will have generic drivers working quite nicely in the meantime.

Mainly because the stock drivers don't work right. On my Nvidia laptop, some Steam games either have clunky graphics or show nothing but white screen. However, ATI's look good on my Desktop and have no issues. My issue is that ATI got theirs out in time and NVidia didn't. I just wonder why they didn't have something to worn with at RP time. I understand that RP is still unfinished, but let us test with unfinished drivers too

Ok, so ATI gets their driver out early but Nvidia doesn't? I mean didn't they have the same amount of time to work with the RP? This is a pretty good example of priorities not being evaluated correctly

I'd rather them take their time right now to get it right. I mean if they are having issues with the drivers at least let nvidia fix it first before releasing it. This isn't a truely released os and technically they don't really need to release anything until windows 8 is up for sale.

Looking forward to it the Graphic score on my WEIndex is at an all time low. 2 GTX 550 TI's. 7.3 is the low score, below the HD at 8.1.

Frazell Thomas said,
they shouldn't be rushing a driver out for a beta OS.

Yes they should. They should be using this opportunity to push out beta builds and get feedback, fix bugs, so they can release a stable driver when Win 8 releases... like other companies that create software are doing... including ATI.

funkydude said,

Yes they should. They should be using this opportunity to push out beta builds and get feedback, fix bugs, so they can release a stable driver when Win 8 releases... like other companies that create software are doing... including ATI.

Uh...they already found bugs so WTF is point in pushing out a known defective driver??

The Windows 7 driver works fine for me (GTX680 SLI setup), both on the desktop and for gaming - it was the only driver available, as the old Windows 8 preview doesn't support the 6xx series. That said I am looking forward to the new driver, as it will leverage the stability and performance improvements in the new driver stack.

It's certainly disappointing that the driver has taken so long, though at least nVidia will be supporting their older cards; AMD is already dropping support for the 4xxx series.

It seems like the nvidia graphics driver crashes I was experiencing with Consumer Preview have reduced but not completely gone away.