Today, NVIDIA released driver version 397.93 WHQL, featuring Game Ready support for the recently-launched State of Decay 2 and the upcoming closed beta of The Crew. Additionally, the release brings a healthy amount of bugfixes, as well as CUDA 9.2 support. Also tucked in the 393.97 release notes is the removal of the “Experience Improvement Program” from the NVIDIA Control Panel, and as the GDPR takes into effect tomorrow NVIDIA is rolling out the new privacy center and requisite changes to their new privacy policy. Both of these indicate that telemetry will return to being solely a GeForce Experience feature rather than being part of the standard display drivers.

Given the recent frenzy of GDPR notifications ahead of tomorrow’s enforcement date (5/25/18), the “Experience Improvement Program” data collection for NVIDIA’s display drivers was more of a recent development. A few years ago, it was noticed that a number of auto-running telemetry functions had silently found its way into NVIDIA’s standard display drivers with 368.25, where previously it was only coupled with GeForce Experience; later, 381.65 added an opt-out option by unticking an “Allow Experience Improvement Program” option in the Help menu of NVIDIA Control Panel. Looking at NVIDIA’s new GDPR-compliant privacy policy and privacy center, these data collection functionalities will now be present only in GFE, GeForce NOW, and SHIELD TV.

In terms of bug fixes, 397.93 lists the following resolved issues:

  • GPU acceleration is being used for Windows Explorer on GTX 870M
  • Steam must be closed to enable or disable SLI mode
  • Digital Vibrance setting is not persistent, and reverts to the default setting when rebooting with Surround mode enabled
  • Wolfenstein II may freeze in the Roosevelt area
  • When Windows HDR is enabled, some color formats are missing from the NVIDIA Control Panel->Display->Change Resolution page.
  • After installing the driver and rebooting the system, the driver may fail to load for Pascal or Kepler GPUs.
  • Green flickering occurs in Far Cry 5 when using HDR with non-native resolution

Meanwhile, NVIDIA lists the following open issues for Windows 10, with HDR being a particularly notable theme:

  • Random DPC watchdog violation errors occur when using multiple GPUs on otherboards with PLX chips
  • With HDR turned on, non HDR full-screen video playback may cause corruption/flicker in the video
    • To avoid this scenario, disable Windows HDR setting before launching the video.
  • With SLI mode enabled, the Hitman Pro (DX12) crashes if in-game HDR is on but Windows HDR setting is off at lower resolutions
  • There is constant flickering in Overwatch when played in a specific SLI Surround configuration (2 displays on master GPU and 1 display on slave GPU) with G-Sync mode enabled
  • On the Titan V, after launching Shadow Warrior 2 with Windows HDR setting enabled, there is flickering corruption when hovering the mouse over the game screen.
  • Blue-screen crash may occur while playing Gears of War 4 on Pascal GPUs. Fix expected in an upcoming driver release.
  • TDR errors may occur when changing resolutions in game for Warhammer Vermintide 2 (DX12) on the GTX 1080 Ti.
  • On notebook GTX 1060s, the external HDMI display blinks when playing a video from the Netflix Edge Browser or Blu-ray video in full-screen mode with Windows HDR enabled
    • The issue does not occur when playing the Netflix video in a Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer 11 browser.
  • When playing a game in full-screen mode and playing a video from Netflix in Edge, blue-screen crash occurs after multiple Alt+Tab switching between the two.
  • Dota 2 (Vulkan) item slot glitches
  • NVIDIA Freestyle does not work with Dead by Daylight
  • With Surround enabled, the center Surround display is blank during gameplay of Call of Duty: WWII
  • NVIDIA Surround hot keys in NVIDIA Control Panel do not work
  • The “In-Game Overlay” GeForce Experience option cannot be enabled, nor does Shadowplay recording work
    • The Microsoft Media Foundation library must be installed in order to use these features. Be sure to first install the Media Foundation package.
  • Deus Ex Mankind Divided may crash shortly after loading saved story in DX12 mode
  • The OS fails after installing the GeForce Titan (Kepler) on a Threadripper-enabled motherboard

The latest GeForce Experience beta release has been updated with new privacy policy changes. The newest SHIELD Experience 7.0 has also released this week.

The updated drivers are available through the GeForce Experience Drivers tab or online at the NVIDIA driver download page. The latest GeForce Experience client can also be found separately on its own download page. More information on this update and further issues can be found in the 397.93 release notes.

Source: NVIDIA

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  • r3loaded - Friday, May 25, 2018 - link

    It sure is a great time to be an EU citizen!
  • billybeer321 - Friday, May 25, 2018 - link

    screw you guys for the dozens of Privacy Policy emails I have received in the last week while I get none of the benefits of the law! Yes, I am envious.
  • olafgarten - Friday, May 25, 2018 - link

    You still do get the benefits, I doubt companies will keep track of who is and isn't in the EU and will process your data differently because of it.

    The only things you miss out on are FOI requests.
  • Trixanity - Friday, May 25, 2018 - link

    Well, depends on the company. Facebook is reportedly moving all non-EU data out of Ireland and back to the US to be able to continue collecting data indiscriminately.
  • edzieba - Friday, May 25, 2018 - link

    That's not how GDPR works. That scenario was even already covered by the DPD (98).
  • BadCommand - Friday, May 25, 2018 - link

    I'm glad they fixed that otherboard problem.
  • Dremor - Friday, May 25, 2018 - link

    Doesn't work for me. =(

    First of all, even if I choose "Driver only", without Geforce Experience, the package still installs all telemetry stuff (service and even more Task Scheduler tasks).
    But, most importantly, after installation the driver just crashes to blue screen for me (Dell Inspiron 7567 laptop).

    Had to revert to the previous version.
  • LordanSS - Friday, May 25, 2018 - link


    For a very long time I have manually (literally) updated the drivers on the one desktop I have running a GTX980, as the whole driver package is a bloat of bollocks and the new GFExperience is an affront to privacy. Thankfully I am still able to run the old version.

    What I do is, you download the driver package and extract it into a folder. A program called TinyNVidiaUpdateChecker can do that for you if you prefer.

    Once that is done, go to Device Manager -> Display Adapters -> Find your Video Card -> Properties -> Driver -> Update Driver -> Browse My Computer
    for Driver Software -> Browse to the extracted folder (leave the check on subfolders) -> ??? -> Profits.

    Hope it helps.
  • Dremor - Friday, May 25, 2018 - link


    Thank you for comments.
    Let's just say I am an IT professional and I am aware how one updates drivers on Windows PCs...

    I highlighted the presence of Telemetry (after non-manual installation), just because in my view it goes contrary to the announced "Changes" with this Release.
  • R7 - Saturday, May 26, 2018 - link

    @ Dremor

    It started with 381.65 where they added the option to untick it but atleast at the time it did NOTHING - even after unticking and restart. I was really pissed at that time. Since then i've done only manual installs with folder deletion so im not sure if they fixed the option in CP. Nevertheless i no longer trust their settings.

    Speaking of restrictions - now starting with this version (397.93) you can no longer delete GFExperience subfolder without the whole installer refusing to work. So you have to remove some lines from setup.cfg to bypass this check.

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