How to Install Windows USB Drivers for Nvidia SHIELD devices:

Nvidia devices are generally compatible with Google's Android drivers, except that Google drivers will not have the additional device identifiers for automatic recognition. Instead, you will need to apply drivers manually through the Device Manager in your operating system's Control Panel.

To install drivers, do the following:

  • It is recommended that the user re-scan their device list.
  • Locate the device in the hardware list. Typically it will have a yellow triangle with an explanation point on it indicating that it is not fully recognized.
    • Note: The device's name may appear different between standard Android Debugging Interface mode and Boot Loader Interface or fastboot mode. The device will not appear as fastboot, unless it has been specially booted into this mode.
  • Right-click on the device and select to "Update the drivers".
  • Select Browse my computer for driver software.
  • Select Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
    • **Very Important** You MUST select the "Have Disk..." button (do NOT rely on the presented auto selection)
  • In the file dialog that appears after pressing "Have Disk...", select Browse.
  • Navigate to the driver folder:
    • If you are using Windows 10 or 8, the default unpack path is C:\NVPACK\Drivers\Win8\
    • If you are using Windows 7, Vista, or XP: C:\NVPACK\Drivers\Win7+Vista+XP\
    • Select the "android_winusb.inf" file.
  • If the device appears as FastBoot or Android Bootloader Interface, then select Android Bootloader Interface. Otherwise select Android Composite ADB Interface.
  • If you are using Windows 8 or 10, you may receive a warning that this driver may not be compatible with the device. Select yes to continue.
  • If you are using Windows 7, Vista, or XP, you may receive a warning that the driver is not signed. Select yes to continue.
  • You should now be able to use "adb" with the SHIELD device and running "adb devices" should list the SHIELD device.