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I just installed my mobile NVIDIA drivers, and ever since the usual flicker, my desktop goes blank.

I can start Task Manager and log off/log on, but any other window which I try to bring up automatically hides behind a blank screen. The animations are visible, but the window isn't. So I can't really know what I'm doing. (Alt-tab, etc. don't show the popups but not the windows.)

Anyone know how to fix this issue?

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Use F8 to get the Option menu, choose "Troubleshoot"

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Then choose "Advanced Options"

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Then choose System Restore

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Oh yeah, I forgot to mention -- I'd turned it off. lol. +1 anyway – Mehrdad Sep 15 '11 at 3:23

Have you tried booting in the Safe Mode by pressing F8 during the boot sequence? In safe mode you may be able to uninstall Nvidia display drivers

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Safe mode in Windows 8? good joke.. :P does it even exist? – Mehrdad Sep 15 '11 at 0:19
@Mehrdad: I believe safe mode does exist; after all, at some level you need to fix things when they break. That said, I don't think uninstalling the nVidia drivers is a reasonable solution; Win8 is pretty much unusable without graphics acceleration. – Billy ONeal Sep 15 '11 at 0:50
@Billy Oneal: It sure runs fine on my GMA. – surfasb Sep 15 '11 at 1:45
@surfasb: Not all systems have GMAs. Recent GMA chipsets do hardware acceleration themselves. I can say that Win8 on my Dell Latitude E6500, which has only an nVidia Quadro NVS 160M, Win8 is basically unusable. Doubly so before the drivers got installed. – Billy ONeal Sep 15 '11 at 1:54

You'll want to uninstall any graphics drivers and use the Windows Update Nvidia drivers. There are substantial changes to the Windows 8 graphics driver model that you don't want to install OEM drivers.

For more info, google the Windows 8 WDM.

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up vote 0 down vote accepted

It turned out that reinstalling Windows 8 and then using the latest drivers (which were around ~1-2 months newer) fixed the problem.

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