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How to Update Device Drivers on Windows 10

Device drivers are essential system-level software that helps create a communication between the hardware attached to the system and the operating system you are using in your computer. When the OS interacts with the components and other peripheral devices (like network adapters, graphics cards, mouse, printers, keyboards, flash drives, etc.), it needs an intermediary who can help form the connection. Device drivers are those programs.

How to Update Device Drivers on Windows 10

There are situations when you need to update those drivers to work properly or maintain the compatibility. Also, updates are important because they contain patches and bug fixes. If you have installed new hardware in your system, and it is not working, you can update it to a newer version. Updating drivers is also a smart approach to troubleshooting a problem when your device is not working or an error popping up. In this article, you will learn about some of the easiest methods to update your device drivers.

How to Update Device Drivers on Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Update Device Drivers using Windows Update

This is the safest approach for updating your driver. To do this the steps are –

1. Go to “Start” and open “Settings”.

Go to the Start button now click on the Settings button | How to Update Device Drivers on Windows 10

2. Now, click on the “Update & Security” icon.

Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click on Update & security icon

3. From the left-hand window pane select Windows Update.

4. Then, hit the “Check for updates” button.

Check for Windows Updates

If the driver hardware vendor publishes any updates during the Windows Update service, you can see all of the driver versions updated.

Method 2: Update Drivers using Device Manager

The steps you need to follow to update your driver using the Device Manager are –

1. Press Windows Key + X then select “Device Manager”.

Press ‘Windows key + X’ to open the Power user menu and choose Device Manager

2. Expand those hardware categories whose hardware driver you wish to update.

3. Then you need to right-click on that device & choose Update Driver.

update driver software standard PS2 Keyboard | How to Update Device Drivers on Windows 10

4. Choose the option “Search automatically for updated driver software”.

search automatically for updated driver software

This will automatically look for and install the updated driver of the hardware from the internet.

Method 3: Install Device Drivers Manually

If the previous step is not able to detect any updates online for the driver, you can manually visit the manufacturer’s official site using the device model number and download the update manually. Save it in any particular location on your hard drive. Then follow the steps –

1. Press Windows Key + R then type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter.

devmgmt.msc device manager

2. Expand those hardware categories whose hardware driver you wish to update.

3. You have to right-click on that device & choose Update Driver.

You have to right-click on that device & choose Update Driver

4. Now Select the option “Browse my computer for driver software”.

Select Browse my computer for driver software to update device drivers

5. Click the Browse button and browse to the location & path containing your downloaded driver update.

6. Then, click, OK.

7. Checkmark “Include subfolders” for allowing the update wizard for finding the correct location for the .inf file.

Click Browse button then checkmark Include subfolders | How to Update Device Drivers on Windows 10

8. Then, press the “Next” button.

Method 4: Update Graphics Drivers on Windows 10

Basically, you are not supposed to update the graphics driver unless it is necessary & recommended from the manufacturers to update the drivers for fixing bugs or improving the performance. Nvidia GeForce Experience, Intel Driver & Support Assistant, and AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition have almost the same method to install the latest update. You have to open that installed application, and then from the control panel, you have to look for Support or Update option.

From Intel Graphics Control Panel select Option & support

Here, you can find the website from where you can download and update your latest Graphics driver.

Update graphics drivers on Windows 10

You can navigate to Driver settings and update the driver from that control panel itself.

Update the driver from NVIDIA Geforce Experience Control Panel

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I hope this article was helpful and you can now easily Update Device Drivers on Windows 10, but if you still have any questions regarding this tutorial then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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