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Fix GeForce Experience “Installation Can’t Continue” Error on Windows 11/10

3 Ways to Fix Nvidia Installation Can't Continue
3 Ways to Fix NVIDIA Installation Can’t Continue

Alright, while updating my NVIDIA graphics card 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 “Installation can’t continue” in NVIDIA GeForce Experience on Windows 10/11.

Why the error

Well, I don’t know why the error displays, but I believe that 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.

Way 1: The easiest method

Fix Installation Can’t Continue Method 1

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:

  1. Search for GeForce Experience in the Windows search bar
  2. Right-click on it and open it as an administrator
  3. Go to the Drivers section
  4. 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.

Way 2: The common way

Method 2

The second method is a bit 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:

Step 01: Go to the C Drive (where the Windows is installed)

Step 02: View hidden files. On Windows 11, click on the View button on the top, hover onto Show and click on Hidden items. The steps on Windows 10 are pretty similar.

A folder named ProgramData will be visible in the C Drive.

Step 03: ProgramData –> NVIDIA Corporation –> Downloader.

In the Downloader folder, you will see a couple of folders 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, you will see the version number below the GeForce Experience Game Ready Driver text.

Step 04: 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.

Step 05: Install the software just like you install a normal Windows application.

Once the driver is installed, restart your PC and check GeForce Experience to make sure that 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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Way 3: If the above did not work

Method 3

I fixed the problem on my computer using this method. It closely resembles method two, and I’m assuming that 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:

Step 01: 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 “Installation can’t continue” error.

Step 02: Install the base version and restart your PC.

Step 03: 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.

Summary

The 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.