Getting Rid of Unnecessary Nvidia Driver Software

Discussion in 'Application Software' started by Vladimar, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. Vladimar

    Vladimar MDL Junior Member

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    #1 Vladimar, Aug 3, 2015
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    I hoard my resources and hate the idea that something that doesn't need to be running, is running. In WinXP I was all over Black Viper, until I discovered that he really didn't research, really didn't know what he was talking about, in fact I think I spent more time investigating whether or not a Service was necessary than he did. Sometimes he said it wasn't necessary for most Users and it was, and sometimes he said he didn't know when the consequences of turning something off were pretty immediate and pretty clear.

    Anyways, it's Windows 7, and WAY more complex and I just don't have the "oomph" anymore to fiddle and tweak, but lately I've been experimenting with Process Explorer and there's 3 different things running labeld "NVIDIA" and they are ALL bugging me as I suspect I don't need any of them, but I'm checking here in order to find out for certain. Yes, I KNOW I can just "suspend" or "kill" them, but I want to know what it is that I'm suspending and/or killing, why it's there in the 1st place and what might not be working in the future if I turn them off. My system is a bit buggy, I suspect a hardware issue (video), but cannot say for certain. So I don't want to just assume that because the system doesn't BSOD or something similarly dramatic, that means that NOTHING happened, because if something odd happens the next day, I'll wonder if it's because I disabled one (or all) of the NVIDIA softwares.

    The skinny image below is a clickable link showing a screenshot:
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    Note that there are two instances of "nvvsvc.exe".
     
  2. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    Disabling the "Nvidia Display Driver Service" in Services should stop the rest from running, it also stops the Nvidia Control Panel from showing up on the desktop context menu. NVXDSync is used by the nvidia control panel and NVAPI to synchronize changes from other apps. If you don't use them, you can stop them.

    Just make sure you have the latest drivers, not sure about all older drivers. If you have errors later, re-enable, but I don't see that as an issue.
     
  3. Vladimar

    Vladimar MDL Junior Member

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    Thanks for the response. I turned all three of those off last night, it's been 24 hours and I see no change or difference in performance. I don't use anything to do with video. I regard the video card like the hard drive. Work silent and invisible, so that I don't even know it's there.

    I suspect a lot of the video stuff (nvidia and ati) is just advertising; a pretext to get their name and their logo into your awareness as often as possible.