View Full Version : Which was the last driver with the old Nvidia Control Panel?

10-19-2007, 05:17 AM
I want to update from Forceware 84.2, but I don't like the new control panel.

Does anyone know the last Forceware which used the old control panel?

10-19-2007, 05:31 AM
From my experience, you have a choice between 91.31, 91.47 and 93.71 (these are the only drivers I've messed around with). My drivers are up to 162.50 and I don't like the new GUI in those either because the parameters relevant to using the Stereo 3D drivers are gone.

But you mention an earlier 84.2 driver - that's curious.

10-19-2007, 06:29 AM
84.2 is just old forceware, just installed 93.71 - thanks for the pointer.

10-19-2007, 11:28 AM
You should ask this on the www.guru3d.com (http://www.guru3d.com) forums, I'm pretty sure the old control panel was on a lot more recent drivers than 9x.xx, pretty sure into 14x.xx or 15x.xx versions.16x.xx versions don't have it as far as I remember - there's been so many this year! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

10-19-2007, 12:45 PM
I'm still using 84.21 as it has none of the "black arch" nonsense using water = 4. I have a 7800GS OC card.

Are the latest drivers any better for my AGP, non-SLI card?

10-19-2007, 02:11 PM
The last drivers that had the old control panel were back in the 90 something range. For a while after that you could switch between the old and the new one, with more limited functionality for both. Then there wasn't even a choice, it was the new or nothing, and still with it's comparatively limited options.

I won't get into my opinions on all that, I'll just bite my tongue and grind my teeth and happily inform you that you can actually use the old control panel on even the newest drivers.

You see, the old control panel is still there with all the latest drivers, it's just not accessible without a registry hack/edit.

I can't provide you with a direct link to the exe. file that changes the registry and 'unlocks' the old control panel, because I can't remember exactly where I found it...

Yes I do, sort of. It's in this 13 page thread somewhere-


Also, while you're at it you might want to search for 'NVTweak' and 'nHancer'. The first program opens up features on the control panel that might still be missing otherwise, and the second one allows you to make settings profiles for the games you use, including colour profiles (even though nVidia and the program itself say you can't do that any more).