Wednesday, June 27th 2012

NVIDIA Releases WHQL-Certified GeForce Drivers for Windows 8

NVIDIA rolled out the first WHQL-certified GeForce drivers for Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system. The company just released GeForce 302.82 WHQL for desktop GPUs running on Windows 8 Release Preview. Notebook GPU users, on the other hand, will have to wait a little longer, and continue using the GeForce 302.80, which has been out since 15th June. NVIDIA announced that it was working on dishing out the first WHQL-certified graphics drivers for Windows 8 since late May. Version 302.82 WHQL doesn't appear to come with a contingent of performance updates, at least not according to its release notes document. It's likely to be based on Release Driver 302, with the Microsoft WHQL certification for Windows 8. The driver is meant only for Windows 8, and shouldn't be used with Windows 7 or Vista.

DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 302.82 WHQL for Windows 8 64-bit and 32-bit
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7 Comments on NVIDIA Releases WHQL-Certified GeForce Drivers for Windows 8

#1
Arctucas
by: btarunr
The driver is meant only for Windows 8, and shouldn't be used with Windows 7 or Vista.

I wonder why Vista and Windows 7, as well as Windows 8, are listed in the .inf if it is only for Windows 8?
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RejZoR
It's probably because Win8 WHQL is the most important thing at the moment and they don't care about Win7 or Vista anymore :P
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AsRock
TPU addict
by: RejZoR
It's probably because Win8 WHQL is the most important thing at the moment and they don't care about Win7 or Vista anymore :P
Or maybe not having to put the code in the drivers for other OS's will give them a better idea what is wrong ?.
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#4
phanbuey
Interesting... I would love it if someone did a W8 preview to W7 gaming comparison.
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#5
Xzibit
Anyone besides myself find this odd..

Release note:
This Release 302 driver is a beta GeForce driver to be used only with Microsoft®
Windows® 8 Release Preview, and supports both 32‐bit and 64‐bit versions.
Beta drivers now get WHQL-Certified :confused:
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#6
hellrazor
It's a beta driver for a beta OS, what's prob?
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#7
Arctucas
by: AsRock
Or maybe not having to put the code in the drivers for other OS's will give them a better idea what is wrong ?.
But the code for Vista and 7 is in the .inf, and the drivers installed and appear to be working just fine on Windows 7, so why say 'The driver is meant only for Windows 8, and shouldn't be used with Windows 7 or Vista'?

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