It’s usually a no-brainer when your preferred graphics vendor releases new drivers. Download, install and (possibly) enjoy better performance and stability. Except in the case of NVIDIA’s 397.31 drivers, which are forcing systems with GTX 1060s into a reinstall loop.
The issue was first reported by a user on the company’s GeForce forums:
Windows 8.1 64 Bit – GTX 1060 6Gb – 397.31 was offered through Geforce experience after install it asked for a restart (which it has not on previous installs of drivers via Geforce experience) after restart i lost my second screen and open hardware monitor showed no GFX info.
A pop up tells me to force reinstall driver, this did not work and kept doing same thing restart force reinstall, next i tried a clean install still same problem so went to Nvidia drivers and re downloaded 391.35 problem solved i guess the new driver has issues
It didn’t take long for more users to chime in with the same problem, suggesting it wasn’t an isolated.
Eventually, a fellow with the username “Jagabot” provided a workaround for Windows 10, to downgrade to the last stable drivers.
For now, it appears the problem is limited to 1060, however, NVIDIA recently ended driver support for Fermi-based GPUs, as well as 32-bit operating systems, so there is some confusion with users on outdated hardware conflating things.
At the time of writing, there was no comment from NVIDIA on the problem, or an updated driver / hotfix to address it. So if you have a GTX 1060, just stick with your current drivers, or limit yourself to the last version, 391.35.