Nvidia Driver 526.86 WHQL 10/11/22

This thread is for the discussion of the new Nvidia 526.86 driver.

Game Ready for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
This new Game Ready Driver provides the best gaming experience for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II. Specifically, this new Game Ready Driver offers improved stability, solves image corruption issues, and supports NVIDIA DLSS Super Resolution and NVIDIA Reflex.

Fixed Issues

  • [Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II] Flashing corruption can be seen randomly while playing the game. [3829010]
  • [Call of Duty: Vanguard] Game may randomly crash after extended gameplay [3841398]
  • VTube Studio crashes to black screen after driver update [3838158]
  • GPU may get stuck in P0 state after exiting certain games [3846389]
  • [Anvil Engine Games] Environment flickering [3843932]
  • Drop in 8K60 AV1 decoding performance on RTX 4090 [3835745]
  • [Forza Horizon 5] Some PC configurations may see rainbow-like artifacts in game after extended gameplay [3685123]

Open Issues

  • Toggling HDR on and off in-game causes game stability issues when non-native resolution is used. [3624030]
  • [DirectX 12] Shadowplay recordings may appear over exposed when Use HDR is enabled from the Windows display settings. [200742937]
  • Monitor may briefly flicker on waking from display sleep if DSR/DLDSR is enabled. [3592260]
  • Maxon - Cinema4D + Redshift3D vidmemory allocations cause TDR or Driver Crash [3659104]
  • RedCine-X Pro potential crash while working with effects during video playback [3809401]
  • Desktop Window Manager (dwm.exe) service may report higher GPU usage on some RTX 30-series configurations [3830387]
  • [Daz Studio] Application crashes after updating to latest driver when trying to run simulation [3838022

Hey! Nvidia new driver (526.86) is out:

Will be running some tests and posting some results later.

New driver today… SU11 tomorrow… Not a single minute to get bored :smiley:


This is interesting. With the last driver I have sometimes GPU failures when closing flight sim.

I have an RTX3070. When I tried the 526.47 and 526.61 drivers I had numerous DWM and DWMDLL failures (3 or 4 a day) and had to revert back to 522.25 to resolve the problem as several others on the NVIDIA boards noted. I didn’t notice whether the GPU usage was high before, but it looks like since this is an open issue it may not work for me. Thank goodness for DDU!

This is definitely fixed for me with 526.86, with the last driver the fan on my 3090 would never spin down.

Just had a faultless couple of hours, very smooth.


Here is some discussion on the 526.86 driver at Guru3D forum…


And here it is!..

The 526.86 driver version which has been cleaned, devoid of the bloatware that Nvidia serves-up to us.
Please note that the G-Force Experience is also removed in this Guru3D version.


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Does the G-Force Experience actually have any proven side-effect on the GPU, i uninstalled mine but saw no actual change in performance.


Hello Dave, a very good question. There is a topic relating to this in this forum, check this out…



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I did see that link but that famous word “might” keeps popping up, seems there is no hard evidence to support.

De-bloat is pretty much always a good thing of course but doe G-Force Exp really do any harm to FPS :slight_smile:


I think the best thing would be to try it and make a comparison for yourself. What works today might not work tomorrow. Software continues to change/develop over time, performance results will vary, improve and get worse. Results will differ across users. At the end-of-the-day you will have to make a decision as to whether you keep GFE or not.


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Yeah, no harm in trying, its just hard as there is no way to get a reference FPS - every time you load a scene or return from menus, the FPS seems different even when no changes are made :slight_smile:

i guess, if the difference is not immediately visible then its not worth worrying about. I just downloaded the new driver and left the GEF off, plus did a clean install so it reset my NVCP options as well. WIll see how it flies tomorrow, no doubt after the download…

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For those that may need it, here is the latest version of DDU…


We have another version out…
Can anyone say that…


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Looks like a driver update for the new 4080.

Working fine on my system so far (Ryzen 3700X with RTX 2070 Super), not noticed any performance differences from the previous version.

One thing that is slightly different is that my Geforce freestyle filters need to be set differently than any previous versions to acheive the same visuals.
Not sure if that’s releated to the HDR 10 + support that is mentioned in the driver update notes, but I doubt it as my monitor only supports HDR10.

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Do we generally jump on driver updates or tread cautiously ?

Just wondering as pretty new user here :slight_smile:

Well it’s your choice. If you are happy with the driver you are on, there’s always the argument to leave well alone. Or just wait and see what others are reporting before making the decision.

I’m always ready to test any new drivers and on the few occasions something has gone wrong I’ve just reinstalled the previous known working driver and it’s all been OK.