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NVSlimmer: The best way to install NVIDIA drivers

NVSlimmer is a program that allows you to perform a clean and custom installation of NVIDIA graphics card drivers.

When did video card drivers become so large in size? NVIDIA’s latest, 522.25, is around 800 MB. This is crazy! While there isn’t much you can do about the size of the download, it is possible to reduce the installation itself, leaving you with just the kernel and necessary files to install on your system.

Although the GeForce installer allows you to deselect several components, including GeForce Experience, HD Audio, and the like, there’s still a lot of nonsense you can’t give up, like telemetry, auto-update, Controller Shield support, and Node .js.. .of all things.

Fortunately, this is where a tool called NVSlimmer comes to the rescue. Read on for a step-by-step guide on how to use it to shrink your NVIDIA drivers.

Download NVSlimmer

NVSlimmer is a tool created by ‘uKER’ that allows you to customize the content of any GeForce driver package. Get the latest version (v 0.13 at the time of writing) and extract it to your folder.

Download the latest NVIDIA drivers

The easiest way to get the latest drivers is to go to the NVIDIA download page. After selecting your card generation and model and your operating system, you will be directed to a download link. Save it in the same folder as NVSlimmer.

Run NVSlimmer and load the driver

Double click on the NVSlimmer executable. When the program loads, you will be immediately prompted to select a driver package. Choose the one you copied to the NVSlimmer folder.

After a minute or two, the tree view will populate with all the components found in the package. By default, only the minimum set is selected: the main files for the driver and installer, and PhysX.

Apply changes and install

Click ‘Apply’. The tree view should be drastically reduced, leaving only the three main options. After that, you will see a confirmation window asking if you want to install the stripped down drivers. Click ‘Yes’ and you’ll see the familiar GeForce install screen. Around here, just follow the instructions on screen.

Repackage the drivers (optional)

If you want to keep the drivers simplified, click the ‘Repackage’ button and select a destination folder to save the new file. This will take some time as the program deletes and recompresses everything, but once this is done you will be left with a smaller file (around 30% slimmer).

This new installer behaves like normal a NVIDIA install, so if you need to reinstall it, just double-click it and you’re good to go.

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