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Remove unwanted components from NVIDIA drivers before installing them, including the telemetry service, with this small and intuitive utility
With the addition of new features, support for more devices and optional software, the NVIDIA driver installation package has gotten quite large over the years. Most of the components included are necessary, but there are some that you can do without, and others that may compromise your privacy.
NVIDIA driver slimming utility, also known as NVSlimmer, is a user-friendly application that can help you remove everything you don’t need from the driver package before installing anything.
Why this utility can be helpful
While NVIDIA does provide some options during the installation process, many components cannot be disabled. You can, for instance, avoid installing certain unnecessary drivers or GeForce Experience, but many other modules are included by default.
Most of these components are perfectly safe and are only bundled with the installer to ensure there are no compatibility issues, but you may want to remove the telemetry service to prevent data collection.
Trim down the NVIDIA driver installer
First of all, you will need to download the NVIDIA drivers and load the installer into NVSlimmer. After a few seconds, you will be presented with a list of components that are included in the setup package.
You can then go ahead and remove anything you feel is not necessary. Modules that are required are marked as such and cannot be disabled. When you are done, just click Apply and proceed with the installation.
Repack drivers for easy deployment
Alternatively, you can skip the installation process and repack the drivers into a self-extracting 7-Zip archive. If you’re looking for a simple way to create a slim driver installer for other users, this is the way to go.
Whether you already have experience with trimming NVIDIA drivers or you are a complete novice, this utility can make the process a lot more straightforward. If you only want to install the necessary graphics card drivers and nothing else, this is the tool for the job.