New Nvidia graphics drivers available for XP

Nvidia released new ForceWare graphics drivers for Windows Vista a couple of weeks ago, and now the company has rolled out some new drivers for Windows XP. The new XP ForceWare drivers are numbered 163.71, and they're compatible with Nvidia's GeForce 6, GeForce 7, and GeForce 8 graphics cards.

According to Nvidia, this new release brings compatibility fixes for a handful of newly released and upcoming games, including BioShock, Crysis, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Hellgate: London, Team Fortress 2, and World in Conflict. The new drivers also improve compatibility and performance for users running DirectX 9 and OpenGL 2.1 apps on SLI multi-GPU setups, and Nvidia has added PureVideo HD decode acceleration support for GeForce 8400-, 8500-, and 8600-series graphics cards.

Folks running 32-bit versions of Windows XP can download the ForceWare 163.71 drivers on this page, while those with Windows XP Pro x64 can get the 64-bit version over here. Release notes detailing bug fixes and outstanding issues in the drivers can be accessed here (PDF).

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