What is the nvvsvc.exe process?

A number of errors have been encountered with the process nvvsvc.exe. Some users noticed the error after updating to a newer NVIDIA driver, while some others suddenly encountered the after a failed Windows Update.

One of the errors encountered with nvvsvc.exe includes a message saying “Program: C:\Windows\system32\nvvsvs.exe. This application has requested the runtime to terminate it in an unusual way. Please contact the application’s support team for more information.” during bootup, hence preventing login. Some other errors include inability to boot into safe mode, and then persistent Blue Screen of Deaths.

This main causes of this error comes is a faulty NVIDIA driver update, a failed Windows Update while install the C++ runtime library or NVIDIA graphics driver and finally corrupted registry files. In this article, we’ll show you how to solve the all errors encountered with nvvsvc.exe. Be sure to try the next method if the previous doesn’t work for

Nvvsvc.exe is a processes associated with the NVIDIA Driver Helper Service or the NVIDIA Display Driver Service. The NVIDIA Control Panel also depends on this process and stopping it stop the NVIDIA Control Panel from showing in both the Control Panel and Desktop Context Menu.

Method 1: Reinstall NVIDIA Drivers

You should rollback your NVIDIA Drivers to the last working version once you begin to realize there’s an issue with the latest installation. Here’s how to reinstall NVIDIA Drivers.

  1. Download the last working version of your NVIDIA driver for your PC from here. Search for your graphics card drivers under the Option 1: Manually find drivers. You have to provide your graphics card type, OS, and other required information and then click the Search You’ll be provided with a list of drivers and their versions, choose the most suitable version for your rollback and download it.
  2. Remove all existing and previous NVIDIA Graphics drivers and related software using the Display Driver Uninstall Utility (DDU). It’s recommended to perform this action in the safe mode.
  3. Install the drivers you downloaded from the first step. Do this by launching the executable, and while installing, select Custom (Advanced) and select Perform a clean installation. This will further wipe previous installations and then install the latest working version.
  4. Restart your PC to complete the installation and observe to see if all nvvsvc.exe related errors have ceased.

Method 2: Perform a System Restore

If you can’t access your Windows Desktop, performing a system restore takes you back to the last known working version of Windows. In this guide, we assume you can’t access the safe mode as well, as complained by other users. If you can, you can skips the initial steps and perform a system restore.

  1. Create a USB recovery drive or System Repair Disk and boot your system with it. For Windows 7, you can create System Repair Disk by navigating to Start > Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Backup and Restore > Create a system repair disc. On Windows 8 or newer, follow this guide (Method #3) on how to access the recovery.
  2. Boot your PC with the USB and select System Restore. Follow the restoration prompts and make sure you select a reasonable date to restore back to.
  3. Restart your PC after restoring and check if your problem has been solved. If it didn’t work, move to the next method.

Note: Since Windows 10 has more options, you should try the other options including System Image  Recovery and Automatic Repair.

Method 3: Restore Registry Backup

3rd party application can interfere with Windows and make it unusable. You should try restoring your registry. This method is a bit complex and involves accessing your faulty Windows installation from another place, say a different installation of Windows from your PC or a USB recovery drive.

  1. Create a USB recovery drive or System Repair Disk and boot your system with it. For Windows 7, you can create System Repair Disk by navigating to Start > Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Backup and Restore > Create a system repair disc. On Windows 8 or newer, follow this guide (Method #3) on how to access the recovery.
  2. On booting the USB recovery drive, select Repair your computer and then click Troubleshoot > Command Prompt.
  3. In the command prompt, find the your installation and find your system drive letter using these commands.

diskpart

list vol

Take note of the drive letter containing your Windows installation and type exit. Now enter the drive letter e.g ‘D:’ and press Enter.

  1. Copy the contents of the registry backup folder to the registry configuration folder using these following commands: type All and press Enter if you’re asked to overwrite the data.

copy Windows\System32\Config\RegBack\* Windows\System32\Config

Also make sure to delete nvvsvc.exe by entering the command:

del /f C\:windows\system32\nvvsvc.exe

  1. Close the command prompt and reboot the PC. This time, nvvsvc.exe shouldn’t be creating issues.

Method 4: Reinstalling Windows

At this last stage, reinstalling Windows is the last resort. Follow this guide to clean install Windows 10. The process is fairly similar to other Windows versions as well.

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