Windows 8 RP NVIDIA GeForce drivers out of beta

Just after Microsoft launched the Windows 8 Release Preview on May 31, NVIDIA bragged that it had received the Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) stamp of approval from Microsoft for its GeForce drivers to run on Windows 8. NVIDIA promised to release those drivers in the next week. However, the company later admitted that the drivers were not yet ready for prime time.

After releasing beta versions of the Windows 8 Release Preview drivers in mid-June, NVIDIA has finally released the promised WHQL-certified GeForce 302.82 desktop drivers for the Release Preview build of the OS. You can download the 32-bit and 64-bit versions at NVIDIA's website.

Keep in mind that this driver release is just for the Windows 8 Release Preview and should not be installed on a PC if you still have Windows 7, Vista or XP installed. Also, these drivers are just for desktop graphics chips from NVIDIA. If you have a notebook with NVIDIA graphics and want to run Windows 8, you will have to stick with the beta GeForce 302.80 drivers (32-bit and 64-bit). There's no word when or even if the notebook drivers will come out of beta for Windows 8.

Source: NVIDIA blog site

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What about the main desktop soft freeze issue of Windows 8 RP? My newly built PC still freezes with these drivers. Such a shame as those who have this random freezing issue cannot test this new driver properly.

sanke1 said,
What about the main desktop soft freeze issue of Windows 8 RP? My newly built PC still freezes with these drivers. Such a shame as those who have this random freezing issue cannot test this new driver properly.

Did you thought for sec that nvidia drivers are not reason of that?

WinA said,

Did you thought for sec that nvidia drivers are not reason of that?

The issue has to be fixed jointly by Microsoft and their partners

Any word on if the new version of these drivers work without the glitches seen in the betas?
I'm considering waiting until after Windows 8 retails to use the Windows 8 drivers since the ones for Windows 7 work way better.

netsendjoe said,
Any word on if the new version of these drivers work without the glitches seen in the betas?
I'm considering waiting until after Windows 8 retails to use the Windows 8 drivers since the ones for Windows 7 work way better.

Try them.

waiting for the mobile version. the beta drivers didnt find my card (320m) although it was supposed to be supported....

NO FREEZING - I am running a Dell 9200 XPS with a Geforce GTX 560 card since the day the RP came out. As of yet I have not seen this Freezing problem I have read about. I have not installed any drivers from Nvida yet. Under SWToR I have had great performance.

Also have RP running on a Dell 5520 with no issues. That machine is running all base drivers and 4 Windows 7 drivers. No Freezing.

I sadly have had frequent freezing on windows 8 with GeForce gtx 560 in sli. However I have sandy bridge CPU and looking at link posted earlier it seems a lot of other people with sandy bridge have same problem

Although still beta, the Nvidia 302.80 drivers for my GT555M have been more stable for Optimus than anything Dell/Nvidia produced for Windows 7 x64.

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