If you have a GTX 1080 and latest Nvidia drivers, Video TDR failure (NVLDDMKM.SYS) is the most annoying error that causes Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) in Windows 11 and Windows 10. Most websites say reinstall the driver or update your driver to the latest. In my case, none of those worked.

Here's the solution

If your Windows PC is constantly crashing with Video TDR failure, you have to downgrade your Nvidia driver to the Standard type. Yes, there are two types of Nvidia drivers apart from the classifications such as Studio driver and Game Ready driver.

DCH vs Standard.

"DCH" refers to drivers developed according to Microsoft's DCH driver design principles; DCH drivers are built with the requisite Declarative, Componentized, Hardware Support App elements. DCH drivers are installed on most new desktop and mobile workstation systems.
"Standard" refers to driver packages that predate the DCH driver design paradigm. Standard drivers are for those who have not yet transitioned to contemporary DCH drivers, or require these drivers to support older products.
DCH drivers can be installed over a system that presently has a Standard driver, and vice versa.
To confirm the type of driver that is presently installed on a system, locate Driver Type under the System Information menu in the NVIDIA Control Panel.

Basically, DCH drivers are for PCs with the latest hardware, and Standard drivers are for Older hardware. When you install the Standard driver, make sure you use the "Perform clean installation" as shown in the image below.

Video TDR Failure Fix - Standard Drivers

The super stable drivers versions for the GTX 1080 are as follows:

  • GeForce Game Ready Driver WHQL 472.12 September 20, 2021
  • NVIDIA Studio Driver WHQL 472.84 December 13, 2021

You can only find these on

Nvidia Advanced Driver Download

Software download channels such as Windows update, Nvidia Official website, or even the GeForce app; does not have the ability to detect if you are downloading the right type of driver for your hardware. So you have to do it manually to get rid of the Video TDR Failure. Don't ever update the driver again, because there are no more updates for your 1080, even if the Geforce experience app says otherwise.

However, even the 472.X version can cause a Windows system crash, but only happens on very rare occasions. I would say it's so much better than frequent BSOD when we use the new Nvidia latest 500.X drivers. I don't know why, but the 472 version does not seem to crash under load, but the screen does freeze for 2 to 4 seconds when you have multiple monitors connected to your PC.

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