The latest GeForce driver is causing major issues for some users – here’s how to fix them

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.

This also doesn’t mean that the latest driver is broken for everyone, 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.

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.

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A small handful of the issues being documented on the Nvidia Forums (Image credit: Nvidia Forum)

So what can you do?

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