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You need to login for GeForce Experience not for driver. GFE is optional.

Except it's not accessible to 90% of users because it's only delivered as a single package that installs both of them in combination. If you decline their telemetry service, it does not install the driver.

If you want to install just the driver, you have to extract the driver from their executable and manually handle updates, or use a third party package manager like chocolatey.

Most people won't know this is possible. The trade-off to the vast majority is to trade unknown bits of their information for security and stability updates.

Should that really be the default state of things?

I have tried several times do exactly that and have yet to succeed.

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