NVIDIA updates drivers for Kepler video cards and older Windows systems

Building on the recent GeForce Game Ready 551.61 WHQL driver update, NVIDIA has released additional patches for older drivers intended for dated video cards and operating systems. According to the company, these updates rectify various security issues.

The tech giant has rolled out two separate updates for its older software packages, dubbed GeForce 474.82 and 474.89. The first has been designed for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600/700 series video cards (excluding the GTX 750), running on Windows 10 and 11. Contrastingly, the second caters to all video cards supported by Windows 7, 8, and 8.1. This includes NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 and RTX 20 series. It’s important to note that RTX 30 and 40 series video cards can only operate with Windows 10 and 11. In NVIDIA’s words, the driver update for older versions “mitigates issues that may lead to numerous security consequences.”

These latest updates don’t bring any new features, nor do they enhance video card performance. Support for older operating systems and Kepler architecture video cards ceased in October 2021. NVIDIA plans to entirely halt its support in September 2024, including fixes for security-related bugs. Owners of NVIDIA GTX 900/1000 series and RTX 2000 series video cards still using Windows 7 or 8/8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10 or 11 to gain access to up-to-date drivers. The company has committed to providing more details about the specific security breaches rectified by the 474.82 and 474.89 packages in due course.

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