The first GeForce driver update of 2021 was released in early January with the promise of fixing problems that had been plaguing many Nvidia GPUs (graphics processing units).
However, despite noting some open issues at release, the list of software and games affecting by the GeForce 461.09 driver is growing steadily longer, with the update rendering programs completely unusable for some.
From game crashes, graphical stuttering or flickering, and huge drops in frame rates, the GeForce 461.09 game ready driver has been causing a host of issues for Nvidia hardware users. A large chain of complaints has formed on the official feedback thread for the driver, many of which do not appear to have resolutions in place at this time.
Driver updates are never intended to be a fix-all solution, and many patches can cause new problems to occur. We would suggest skipping this update if you’re not currently experiencing any issues with your Nvidia GPU, as this driver is one of the rare Nvidia updates that isn’t a mandatory install.
New Nvidia GeForce Game Ready Drivers usually come out about once a month, though they can occasionally coincide with the launch of popular new games so that the included updates optimize specific performance. For more information on Nvidia driver updates (and why you shouldn’t usually ignore them), head on over to our guide to keeping your GeForce hardware updated.
This also doesn’t mean that the latest driver is broken, so if you’re experiencing the issues listed in the original release notes then you can download the 461.09 update yourself over on the Nvidia site
The full range of problems being recorded on the Nvidia forums for the 461.09 update is too extensive to list here, but if you’ve found that you’re experiencing these issues then don’t be alarmed – you can roll back to a previous driver that worked with your PC.
This isn’t a guaranteed fix, but rolling back to a previous driver can often fix any issues that an updated one introduced into your PC. Here’s how to roll-back your GeForce driver on Windows 10:
In some situations the Roll Back Driver button will be greyed out, usually because your computer can’t locate any previously installed drivers to roll back to. If this happens, you will have to manually delete the existing driver and re-install an older version. You may find that rolling back to the previous driver doesn’t work right away, but you can usually repeat this process and keep installing older drivers until your system is stable enough to run sufficiently.
Here’s how to manually delete and re-install drivers:
No news has been announced yet on when we can expect Nvidia to provide further driver updates to fix the existing open issues caused by the 461.09 update, but we usually see new Nvidia GeForce Game Ready Drivers usually come out about once a month.
Nvidia is actively receiving feedback from the forum to assist with the work required, so with any luck, it won’t be too long until we see the issues patched up.