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I just got a GTX 1080 today. Downloaded the latest drivers from Nvidia and then I got this error (see title).

I own windows 10 64 bit legally. With a license and everything. The OS is up to date, on build 10240.

I completely removed all Nvidia software.

I re downloaded geforce experience from Nvidia's website, and used it to scan and grab the latest version of the graphics driver... nothing.

I have tried with 368.25, 268.39, and 368.51 (beta, just released). They all give me the same errors.

I am at a complete loss. Massive thanks to whomever can help me through this.

Interesting observation; I tried to use driver version 365.10 and I didn't get the windows version error, but I got a hardware compatibility error...not surprised there. I use version 362.00 and I got the windows version error and the hardware compatibility error. The only difference is I downloaded 365.10 in may when I installed drivers for my GTX 960.



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So in case anyone else comes across this problem, I figured out the solution.

The Nvidia driver is only compatible with windows build 1511 (or later I suppose). This build of windows was released in an updated in November 2015, but in typical microsoft fashion, it was broken for almost everybody rolleyes.gif . The update never showed up in my update queue. For other people it would freeze at 44% I guess. Anyway, it is a HUGE problem. I came across a lot of other people on the nvidia forums complaining about it too. Ofc the folks doing fresh install for new pc builds weren't having the same issue.

I was able to get the update media to do an installation on my local computer. I happen to have windows 10 education edition, so I had to track that down. Otherwise you can simply search "windows 10 64 1151 update download" on your favorite search engine, select the media center download, and then choose an ISO image version (you can also do USB, but booting with the media proved, for me, to be unneccessar). Then just extract the image as if it is a zip file, run the exe, and the update process, after minimal coxing, will do its thing.

When that finished I was able to install the nvidia driver, and everything has been great thereafter.
post #3 of 4
Sorry for the inconvenience but glad you were able to resolve it.
post #4 of 4
Mind sending me a link to the download for the education version? Im currently suffering through the exact same issue.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[i7 2600k] [Asus Maximus IV Gene-z] [XFX 6970] [GSkill RipjawX] 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
[Cavier Black x2] [Vertex 2] [Custom Water Loop] [Windows 7 Ultimate 64] 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
[Filco Majestouch Tenkeyless] [Corsair AX850] [Lian Li a05nb - modded] [Logitech G9x] 
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[Sennheiser HD598] 
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