Remove NVIDIA Telemetry(and slim down display driver)

Clanger

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Here is how to remove nvidias display driver and remove telemetry. I found this topic online that said Nvidia added telemetry to its driver packages and how to slim it down. I didnt save the webpage or bookmark the page so i cannot credit the OP.

I have used the following driver package - NVIDIA-390.77-W7-64bit.exe, for an Asus GeForce GT710 1GB graphics card. I am not a gamer and only need a basic display driver. Look at the attached screen grab. The left hand side is the full extracted package. The right hand side is the package after it has been slimmed down. Keep only the packages on the slimmed down folder. You can run setup.exe from the slimmed down folder and the installer still runs fine. nvidia.JPG
 
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pmikep

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(He means no link.) It turns out that CCleaner (which now has a portable version) will clean up the Nvidia Driver.

I use AutoRuns to stop Telemetry. (And also disabled it in TaskScheduler.)
 

Kasual

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That looks nice, too bad what nvidia does (and a lot more companies are adding telemetry), as if everybody has the latest high end computer. :mad:
 

Clanger

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I accept keeping .nets because stuff i use needs them, but i will not accept having tons of sh*t that i do not need. And we once thought windows xp was bloated,,,,,,,,
 

pmikep

Active Member
The MajorGeek's page is obsolete - or, at least it doesn't match what I see in AutoRuns with the latest (Feb) Nvidia) GeForce driver.

Anyway, the idea is the same. Autoruns > Search for Nvidia > Delete "Telemetry."

Also, Taskscheduler will have an Nvida telemetry entry that one can disable.
 

Clanger

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I dont know because i dont use a laptop. What i have done is use the information the OP gave.
 
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ButWait

Member
Maybe NVSlimmer useful? (started by uKER, Sep 20, 2018 on guru3d)
It's at v.05, which i've only been able to download from MajorGeeks. He's still working on a dependency schema for removals, but lotsa folks (not all) report success.
mydna, at Station-Drivers, says:
There is a free utility that you can use to install only what you want, such as the GPU driver, HD Audio driver and Control Panel without all the "crap". It is called "Nvidia Driver Slimmer Utility" which you can download from guru3D forum here:

forums.guru3d.com/threads/nvidia-driver-...ming-utility.423072/

The latest version is v0.5.

You do not install the app, to use, after downloading the zip file, use 7zip or Winrar etc. to unzip the files to a new folder e.g., C:\nvidia.driver.slimmer.

To use the app, run the file "NVSlimmer.exe" and it will ask you where the nvidia driver is. Point it to the nvidia driver and then if you leave everything as default, it will choose just the VGA driver for the video, the nvidia control panel and Physx. I suggest to tick "HD Audio" if you want to use a HDMI display with HD audio.

If you choose "repackage" it will ask you where to save the new file.
If you choose "Apply" it will remove all the components that you do not want from the original file.
Or you can choose "install" and it will install the components that you chose without changing the original nvidia driver file. That's it.
 

Clanger

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Nice find ButWait :) I dont use the installers because i manually install from Device Manager but its gotta be worth a look. Thank you for adding it. :)
 

pmikep

Active Member
I guess that I'm missing the point. When I install an nVidia driver, I select "Custom" and install the video driver only. (Not Physx, no HD Audio, etc.)

It's true that, after the install is done, I have use either Autouns or tweak Services to disable nVidia's Telemetry. But I don't see why I need an app for this.
 

ButWait

Member
It's pretty funny they call it a driver of envy.
pmikep [forgive me, I'm certain you already know more than I do about this stuff, but since I brought it up and you asked..]
-you're not alone in that perspective, though I would not have anticipated it from someone working with NTLite. For some it's just nifty/redundant, a guiding GUI for what you could do anyway with 7zip. And knowledge. But don't you find it a PITA to hunt down the crap post-install?

-you might want to try Clanger's method instead. Fernando at Win-RAID tends to recommend manual via DEvice Mgr (select Have Disk..). I haven't used NVSlimmer yet, so I don't know if it presumably creates a custom .inf. All options lead toward the common goal.

-I'm guessing the dev would answer that:
1) it's a work in progress 2) it's geared toward automization, whether for single pc or IT distro, to facilitate silent install AND remove the need to screw around with autoruns, privacy tweakers, and services configgin. 3) Like any project it also can help build a community of input and coalesced knowledge (what works best for different driver versions and install scenarios and operating systems), which folks around the Web seem to be hungry for regarding slimVidia drivers. If you read some the comments on the provided links, you'll find what to look out for.

Note: The version for DL on guru3d is only v0.3 but it's probably site admin falling behind, judging from the
NVSlimmer Change Log
0.1
- Initial release

0.2
- Added Repackage option
- Implemented dependency checks
- Added support for all modules in Windows 7 drivers
- Updated some module names
- UI changes

0.3
- Added option to apply pending modifications when repackaging
- Better filename collision resolution when repackaging

0.4
- Added option to apply pending modifications when performing explicit install (missed it the last time)
- Fixed UnauthorizedAccessException when attempting to process developer drivers
- UI changes

0.5
- Fixed crash affecting users with spaces in Windows user name
 
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Clanger

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I started using the Device Manager way because amd's chipset and display drivers always installed catalyst manager and associated crap even if i just wanted the basic drivers, i dont game, never use advanced display settings, only what windows gives me so i dont need any additional cobblers, just thebasic drivers.

Display drivers for my Kaveri apu's are 50mb(ish, mebbe 30ish) for xp x86 but are close to 500mb on w7 and later. Nvidia is similar size for my gt710.
So how, in the name of all that is holy is the xp driver 30 to 50mb and w7(+ updwards) way over 300+ for crying out loud???

You have actually piqued my interest for nvslimmer because it may slim down the 710 basic driver and any crap it installs.

It doesnt appear to slim the driver itself down, only the installer. Oh well, its worth a try. :)
 
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pmikep

Active Member
Okay, I see. It only installs the video driver (and Physx), not nVidia control panel and an nVidia container.

I don't need Physx. So I hope the tool eventually for deselecting that.
 
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