Nvidia today confirmed that it is working to fix a driver issue causing high CPU usage and blue screens of death (BSOD) on Windows systems.

Buggy driver is GeForce Game Ready 531.18 WHQL driver released on February 28 which introduced support for RTX video super resolution.

This comes after customers have been complaining for days on company forums and on social media that the Nvidia Game Session Telemetry Plugin (NvGSTPlugin.dll) loaded by the Nvidia Display Container service leads to CPU spikes of 10% or more on Windows systems after closing games or rendering applications.

In the Nvidia forum thread asking for feedback on this version of the driver, users also report consistent experience blue screens on up-to-date Windows installations and that rolling back to an older driver version fixes BSOD issues.

“After performing a ‘clean install’ of this latest driver on a Lenovo P17 running Windows 11 fully upgraded with an NVIDIA RTX A5000, I then experienced three hard core crashes (BSODs), along with two game crashes (Hogwarts Legacy) in the three days that I ran this version”, a user said.

“I didn’t have any of these issues before this release, and after downgrading to the previous release, I haven’t encountered any of the issues yet; it seems this version of the driver is the clear culprit (please advise if I can provide diagnostics that would help solve this problem).

Bug fix coming tomorrow

Nvidia has already added it to its list of open questions for this version of the driver which states that “Higher CPU usage of NVIDIA Container may be observed after exiting a game”.

GeForce Game Ready SPM Drivers Sean Pelletier said a patch is in the works and will be released tomorrow as a patch driver.

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Until the issue is resolved, users can kill the NVIDIA Container process through Windows Task Manager to get rid of the general operating system lagging.

If you are also experiencing Windows BSODs, game crashes, slow in-game performance, and in some cases games not launching, you should revert to your old driver.

To do this, you need to follow this procedure on Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices:

  1. Click the Start button
  2. Find and open “Device Manager”
  3. Double-click Display Adapters
  4. Double click on your NVIDIA GPU
  5. Select the Driver tab
  6. Click Roll Back Driver

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