New ForceWare drivers for XP, Vista roll out
To coincide with the launch of its GeForce 8800 Ultra graphics card yesterday, Nvidia has released a set of new ForceWare graphics drivers for both Windows XP and Windows Vista. The Windows XP release, numbered 158.22, can be downloaded on this page for users of 32-bit versions of the operating system and on this other page for users of Windows XP Professional x64. This new version brings support for the GeForce 8800 Ultra, of course, and it also supports Nvidia's entire GeForce 8 line from the 8300 GS model up. Nvidia says performance in 3D applications has been increased, and that the drivers bring "numerous game and application compatibility fixes." Judging by Nvidia's release notes, those fixes apply to Call of Juarez, Far Cry, Rainbow Six: Vegas, Serious Sam 2, Splinter Cell: Double Agent, Tiger Woods 2006, Nvidia's own control panel, and other miscellaneous apps and situations.
Nvidia has also released a new ForceWare graphics driver for Vista (32-bit version here, x64 version here). Unlike the new XP driver, however, this is a beta release Nvidia recommends users install only if they experience problems enabling SLI on an international version of Windows Vista.