NVIDIA Releases Drivers for Windows 7 RC1

April 30, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Tools

Coinciding with the release of Windows 7 release candidate 1 (today for MSDN and Technet subscribers and on the 5th for the laymen), NVIDIA has released drivers for the OS. The package comes in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors The tech-heads over at Anandtech declare version 185.81 “much more polished” than 185.71, released for the first beta version of Windows 7.

geforce_gtx_295_low_3qtrWhy is this development important? Well, anyone wanting to run their NVIDIA graphics cards properly on Windows 7 will obviously need this. Which cards are supported? Let’s take a look at the release notes (a more detailed version is available here):

This is a beta driver supporting GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, and 200-series desktop GPUs. This driver package installs WDDM v1.1 for GeForce 8, 9, and 200-series (DirectX 10) GPUs and WDDM v1.0 for GeForce 6 and 7-series (DirectX 9) GPUs.

This driver supports all of the new Windows 7 GPU-accelerated DirectX APIs: DirectX Compute, Direct2D, DirectWrite, and DXVA-HD.

Download GeForce Driver Release 185.81: 32-bit and 64-bit versions

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