While updating my Game Ready drivers in GeForce Experience, I ran into this “Installation Can’t Continue” issue. It took me a while, but I figured out how to fix it.
However, I did more tests and research to find all possible ways because, let’s face it, my system is different from yours, so one fix may not work.
After tests and restarts, here are the 3 ways to fix the error GeForce “Game Ready Driver Installation Can’t Continue” on Windows.
Why the error
I don’t know why the error displays, but I believe I shut down my PC while the installation was in progress. After turning my PC on, I tried to install the driver, and the issue appeared on the screen.
The easiest fix
The first thing you must make sure of is that the driver is downloaded. In GeForce Experience, if you see GeForce Game Ready Driver with two buttons: Express and Custom Installation, the drive is downloaded.
If you don’t see this info, the only option you have is to download the drivers manually.
The first method is the easiest, but it does not work on all computers. This one is for minor issues in the software or the driver.
The way is to open the NVIDIA GeForce Experience as an administrator and click on the “Express Installation” button. Here are the steps:
- Search for GeForce Experience in the Windows search bar
- Right-click on it and open it as an administrator
- Go to the Drivers section
- Click on Express Installation
The above steps should work, but as mentioned, the fix is not for everyone. Follow the second method to fix if the above did not work.
The common way
The second method to fix this Game Ready Driver issue is tricky because we will be going to the download folder and installing the driver manually. The steps must be done in order. Here are the steps:
Go to the C Drive (where Windows is installed)
Enable the “View hidden files” option. On Windows 11, click on the View button on the top, hover on Show, and click on Hidden items.
On Windows 10, click on the View button and click on the “Hidden items” checkmark.
A folder named ProgramData will be visible in the C Drive.
C –> ProgramData –> NVIDIA Corporation –> Downloader.
You will see a few folders in the Downloader folder with random alphabet and numbers.
At this point, you will need to find out the installing driver version. It is easy to find the version in GeForce Experience.
On the Drivers screen of GeForce Experience, you will see the version number below the GeForce Experience Game Ready Driver text. The above video shows how to find it at 0:40 time.
Now go into each folder in the Downloader folder. In one of the folders, you will see an installation file. The file title will start with the version number that you saw on the Drivers page of GeForce Experience.
For example, in the above video, the driver version is 497, so the file name in the random title folder starts with 497.
Install the software just like you install a normal Windows application.
Once the driver is installed, restart your PC and check GeForce Experience to ensure the drive has been installed. If it did, please let me know in the comments. If not, let’s go to the third way.
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The forceful way
I fixed the problem on my computer using this method. It closely resembles method two, and I assume you have already tried the second method.
If not, go to the second method and follow the steps to find the Downloader folder. Once you are on that step, follow the below steps:
In the Downloader folder, go to the folder named latest.
In this folder, you will find a setup file. The setup file is not the latest version but the base version of GeForce Experience. Once the base setup is installed, updating the driver won’t give the “Driver installation Can’t Continue” error.
Install the base version and restart your PC.
Once the PC is restarted, update the drive by going to GeForce Experience and clicking the Express Installation button.
If this way does not work, the only thing you can do is download the latest version from the NVIDIA website. The NVIDIA website uses tools to detect your graphics card automatically.
The “Game Ready Installation Can’t Continue” error is common, and my YouTube video has helped thousands of people to fix this issue.
I hope the article helped you too. If you need help, check out the YouTube video or leave your words in the comments below.