A device driver establishes the connection between a peripheral device and your computer. Different device drivers are available for printers, displays, CD-ROM readers, graphics cards, keyboard & mouse, network adapter, etc. Most of the drivers come along with your operating system when you buy it for the first time. In case, you buy a new device that your Windows 10 can’t recognize, you’ll need to install the new driver.
Usually, Windows automatically download and install driver updates for which you don’t need to bother. However, sometimes you have to install an update manually due to many reasons. Therefore, you need to know that how to update your drivers on Windows 10 in a proper way.
Know How To Update Drivers On Windows 10
When you configure a new device that your Windows fail to recognize, you’ll need to update and install the latest driver software. A device driver basically converts the normal system instructions of the Windows 10 to instructions that is understandable by the device. In this section, you will learn to update the hardware drivers on your computer without any difficulty.
1. Update Drivers Using Windows Update
The simplest way you can update your computer drivers is using the Windows Update service. This is also one of the safest ways as the updates are directly available from Microsoft.
Go through the below steps to download and install the driver updates:
- Open ‘Settings’.
- Go to ‘Update & Security’.
- Choose the ‘Windows Update’ option.
- Check for the Updates button.
If the hardware manufacturer publishes the updates and a new version is available from the Windows Update service, it’ll download and install automatically on your device. However, it can be time-consuming until manufacturers upload the new update using this channel.
2. Use The Device Manager Tool To Update Drivers
The Windows Device Manager tool is quite efficient while updating any driver for a device just like a printer, video driver, Wi-Fi adapter, monitor, audio driver, etc.
Downloading Updates From Microsoft
To update a device driver using Device Manager you need to follow the below process:
- Right Click on the Windows icon on the main screen of your desktop or simply press Win+X from your keyboard to open ‘Menu’ options. Choose Control Panel.
- Choose Small icons view for the Control Panel window.
- Once all the Control Panel programs appear, select Device Manager.
- Right-click the selected driver and choose ‘Update Driver Software.’
- After selecting Update Driver Software, a pop-up window appears, providing you to choose from the two options for updating the device driver.
- For updating the drivers manually, you will have to select ‘Search automatically for updated driver software
When you have done the above procedure, if there is a newer version of the driver available, it will be directly downloaded and installed.
Manually Install The Drivers
Sometimes you might need to manually download the latest driver from the system manufacturer’s website and go along with the on-screen instructions.
If you can’t find any instruction and you have a .exe or .zip file with the driver, then double-click the .exe self-extracting package and then do the following:
- Open Start menu and search for ‘Device Manager,’ click the top result.
- Expand the hardware category you want to update. Select ‘Update Driver’ by right-clicking on the device.
- Select option “Browse” from driver software option and click on it.
- Browse and select the content you have downloaded previously. Next, click on ‘OK’.
- Check the subfolders to locate the right file with the instructions to update your driver.
- Then, click the ‘Next’ button.
When you have completed the installation procedure using the above steps, you can observe the new functions and features of your driver due to the latest update.
Verifying Successful Driver Update
To confirm whether your driver is up-to-date or not, you can check the driver version details with the help of the below procedure:
- Click on the ‘Start’ menu at the bottom-left corner of your screen.
- Search for ‘Device Manager’ by typing ‘Device Manager’ in the search bar.
- Expand the driver category you have recently updated.
- Right-click on the particular device, and click on ‘Properties’.
- Click the ‘Driver’ tab.
Inside the ‘Driver’ tab, you’ll see the ‘Driver Date’ and ‘Driver Version’ information. If they match with the manufacturer information, then you’re running the latest version.
In this way, you can update your device drivers correctly on Windows 10. If you like this article then subscribe our page for more Windows 10 related topics and also share your views regarding this subject in the below comment section.