nVIDIA’s ForceWare version 185.20 beta drivers are now available for download. ForceWare 185.20 is the successor to previously released ForceWare 181.00 beta (with OpenGL 3.0) drivers. These drivers are compatible with Windows Vista 32-bit/64-bit as well as Windows XP 32-bit operating systems. The Vista version of ForceWare 185.20 driver is compatible with recently leaked Windows 7 Build 7000.

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I have tested these drivers both on Windows Vista as well as on Windows 7 Build 7000. The only games I could test were Grand Theft Auto 4 and Fallout 3. For me the performance on Windows XP was unchanged from my existing driver (ForceWare 180.84). However on Windows 7 Build 7000, I noticed a 3-5FPS increase with GTA 4. Note that these are still beta drivers and there is no guarantee that everyone will experience the same performance on their systems. If you are having problems with 185.20 drivers or simply want to read more user experiences, read this Guru3D forum thread.


I was not able to find download links for ForceWare 185.20 on NVIDIA Developer Zone. However, the folks at Guru3D had them so i’m posting those links here. All are direct download links.

[Click Here] to download GeForce ForceWare 185.20 (Vista 64-bit)

[Click Here] to download GeForce ForceWare 185.20 (Vista 32-bit)

[Click Here] to download GeForce ForceWare 185.20 (XP 32-bit)


  1. Eric Enrique // 1/04/2009 10:06:00 PM  

    I've only tested it on GTA IV and the FPS increase is noticeable.

    Now the game is finally perfectly playable for me!!!

    UPDATE IT NOW, FOLKS. p.s.: I use vista 32.

    Definitely, the driver updating is an important factor to max the gamer's experience.

  2. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 1/04/2009 10:37:00 PM  

    What was the driver you were using earlier?

  3. Eric Enrique // 1/07/2009 11:38:00 PM  


  4. Maura // 2/01/2009 06:20:00 PM  

    Worth download it, on Mirror's Edge, I was playing at 1024x768, everything maxout, PhysX-Off, AA-2x at 25-55 frames, and with this forceware I could up the resolution to 1280x1024, turn off AA and play with 30+ frame, now it looks awesome!

  5. tony // 3/02/2009 01:03:00 PM  

    Trust it not to work for me!... Say's 'no compatible drivers found on my system' and then exits. I've got windows 7 build 7000. Tried using Forceware MX400 driver before,which i used previously on XP. All great until... Movies crashed my system with blue screen, when trying to play movies in dual display mode using S video lead from my pc to tv. Wots wrong? ....'sniff..sniff.... Hmmmm,... B.O. Now where's that deodorant?!