Fix “Nvidia Installer Cannot Continue” Issue [5 Methods]

The “Nvidia Installer Cannot Continue” is a too often encountered problem and of course deserves to be discussed on our platform Tapvity. We will, as usual, get to the root of the problem and give you the best possible ways to solve the issue without damaging your brain cells.

There are a lot of people on this planet using graphics card by Nvidia. Almost half of these people face an error or two related to Nvidia every other day. The most commonly encountered error with the Nvidia graphics card is the “Nvidia installer cannot continue”. The error arises due to faulty drivers on most occasions and sometimes because of conflict between different versions of drivers. So naturally to solve the issue all we need to do is install the correct and most updated drivers of the graphics card present on our PC. Below are various methods that have solved the issue for users facing the “Nvidia installer cannot continue” issue.

How Fix “Nvidia installer cannot continue” error?

As mentioned above, the error rises due to faulty or outdated drivers on your personal computer. The obvious solution is to update drivers and then try re-running the Nvidia installer. Although there are a few more complications in installing the updated drivers. But worry not, we have listed five of the best solutions known to mankind to solve the Nvidia installer cannot continue error below along with pictures for reference.

Method 1: Check if the Graphic Card is Enabled

It might be possible that your graphics card is disabled and thus is showing the error. Follow the below steps to enable the Nvidia graphics card:

Step 1: We will need to head to Device Manager to see if the Graphic Card is enabled or not. To open Device Manager, press Windows key and X on the keyboard at the same time (or right-click on the windows icon on the taskbar) and click on Device Manager.

Nvidia Installer Cannot Continue

Step 2: Find Display Adapters in the list displayed and click on it to expand. Now, right-click on the Nvidia Graphics card.

Step 3: If on right-clicking you see an option that reads “Enable” then that means the graphics card is disabled. So if you see the Enable option, click on it to enable the graphic card.

Nvidia Installer Cannot Continue

Step 4: Restart your personal computer.

If this method didn’t work and solve the issue you will need to install the drivers manually. Read on to know how to do so.

Method 2: Install Drivers Manually

Drivers are always the ones to cause some trouble. And seldom does the automated way of installing drivers work. So in this method, we will install the Nvidia graphics card drivers manually and then re-run the installer.

Step 1: Open Device Manager on your Personal Computer. To do so press the Windows key on your keyboard and type ‘Device Manager’.

Nvidia Installer Cannot Continue

Step 2: Look for Display Adapters in the displayed list. Click on the arrow icon to show the subitems. Now, select the Nvidia Graphics Card by left-clicking on it.

Step 3: After selecting the Nvidia graphics card, click on the Action option on the top toolbar. From the list of available actions, click on Uninstall device to remove the graphic card drivers on your PC.

Nvidia Installer Cannot Continue

Perform a reboot once the drivers are uninstalled to save the changes made.

Step 4: After rebooting, head back to Device Manager (step 1)  and open Display Adapters and right-click on the Nvidia Graphics card. Next click on Update Driver Software.

Nvidia Installer Cannot Continue

Step 5: From the next screen, choose to Browse my computer for driver software and then navigate to the folder where the Nvidia setup extracted all the files. Make sure to tick the Include Subfolders option too. Once the installation is done, reboot for good karma.

Step 6: The above step only installed the Display Drivers on the PC, now it is time to install the .exe file. So head to the folder where all the files were extracted and run the .exe installation file.

Step 7: After accepting the terms & conditions, choose Custom Install and select Perform a Clean Install.

Method 3: Uninstall everything nVidia & do a fresh install

Nothing like the classic Uninstall and install again method. We will first delete everything related to Nvidia from our PC and then do a clean install of the software.

Step 1: Follow the first three steps of the previous method to uninstall the Nvidia graphics card drivers from your personal computer.

Step 2: Press the Windows key on the keyboard (or the Windows icon on the screen) and search for Programs and Features (Some older windows version will have this as Add or Remove Programs)

Step 3: Now find and delete/uninstall everything with Nvidia in its name. You will need to restart your PC multiple times in the process but go ahead and do the needful.

Step 4: Finally once you are done removing everything, try installing the graphics card drivers again.

Method 4: Kill all nVidia processes

Another reason why you might be facing the error is that there might be some nVidia background services or processes causing a conflict. So let’s kill all the nVidia processes and then try running the installer.

Step 1: Open Task Manager by any method you are comfortable with or know (Press ctrl + shift + esc all three at the same time or simply type task manager in the start menu search box)

Step 2: Under the Processes tab, locate and end all the nVidia processes you can find. This will stop all of the nVidia services and processes that were running in the background.

Nvidia Installer Cannot Continue

Step 3: Now try re-running the Installer and check if the problem persists.

Method 5: Install drivers by finding device ID of the graphics card

For the last method, we will first find the exact device ID of your Nvidia graphics card, download the latest drivers off the internet and then install them manually as in method 2. Find the steps on how to do it below:

Step 1: Open Device Manager by pressing Windows key and X together and in the device manager open Display Adapters.

Step 2: Right-click on the Nvidia graphics card and then select Properties

Step 3: Head to the Details tab in the Properties Window. Now, click on the drop-down options list under Property and select Hardware IDs

Step 4: The value box will now show the Hardware IDs and I will admit it is all a bit confusing but hold on.

Step 5: The text you see after VEN is vendor code and the text after DEV is the device code. In the below screenshot, 10DE is the vendor code and 1180 is the Device code.

Step 6: Open one of the Driver websites that allow you to download the latest drivers based on device and vendor code. One such website is Device Hunt. 

Step 7: After downloading the latest version of the drivers for your graphics card, install them manually using method 2.


The above five methods have solved the Nvidia installer cannot continue issue for the majority of the users. Although there are some other methods like renaming the Nvidia folder on your computer, disabling antivirus, using driver easy to install drivers, etc. If you still are having trouble with the installation maybe you should call the customer support and let them have a look. Or drop a comment down below and we will try our best to help you.

Leave a Comment