When a hardware component installed on your computer is not working properly, it might be due to issues with the device driver. A device driver is simply a code, which allows the operating system to communicate and interact with the peripherals that are connected to the computer. These peripherals can be network adapters, printers, graphics cards, mouse, keyboard, etc.
At times, malware infection and things like that can also lead to issues with components malfunctioning, and you might get help from a malware removal PC tech support team to fix the issue. If this is not the case, you can go ahead with driver updating.
Usually, the Windows operating system downloads and installs the device drivers automatically, meaning that you do not have to deal with the device drivers manually. However, there can be times when corruptions or other issues in device drivers can lead to problems like unrecognized component, devices not working properly, and many more. In most of the cases, updating the driver can help you solve the issues with the component.
There are different ways to update the device driver on Windows 10 operating system. Below are some of the most popular methods used to update device drivers in Windows 10 operating system.
Updating from Windows Update
Updating the device drivers from Windows Update is the safest way to update the device drivers, as the update packages that are downloaded via this method will be signed by Microsoft Corporation. Follow the below steps to download and install driver update automatically.
- Navigate to Settings
- Select Update and Security
- Choose Windows Update
- Click on the Check for Updates button
If the manufacturer of the hardware component publishes the updates via Windows Update, and a new version of the device update is available, it will be downloaded and installed automatically. The only problem with this method is that it can take much time until the device manufacturers make a new update available via this channel unless it is a hardware manufactured by Microsoft Corporation.
Updating from Device Manager
It is also possible to update the device driver of a particular hardware like a network adapter, monitor, printer, sound card, using the Device Manager. If you plan to update the hardware from Device Manager, you can follow the below steps.
- Open Start
- Type in Device Manager and select the topmost result to reach the place.
- Click on the ‘+’ symbol located near the hardware that you wish to update, to expand the category.
- Right click on the device and choose Update Driver.
- Select Search automatically for updated driver software
After you have finished the above steps, if there is a new version of the driver available, Windows will automatically download and install it. The process is similar to updating the driver using Windows Update.
Manually Installing Device Drivers
If no driver update is found in the above two steps, and you know that a new version is already available, you can download the latest version of the device driver manually and install it. This can be done by visiting the website of the hardware manufacturer and following the instructions provided.
If there are no instructions provided on the manufacturer website, and you have downloaded a .zip or .exe file with the device driver, you can double click the file to extract the driver package and then follow the below steps.
- Go to Start
- Search Device Manager and select the top result.
- Click on the ‘+’ button to expand the category of the device that you need to update.
- Right click on the particular device and select Update Driver.
- Select the Browse my computer for driver software
- Choose the Browse button and go to the folder where you have extracted the driver file.
- Click On OK
- Select the Include Subfolders to allow the wizard to find the correct .inf file that has the instructions to update the device driver.
- Click on the Next
After finishing the above steps, the latest version of the driver will be installed on the computer to address the issues with the device, to add more functionality, or to add support for the version of Windows 10 operating system. This method is normally used when updating drivers for old printers or hardware.
Updating Graphic Drivers
Manufacturers of graphic cards release new driver updates frequently to improve the performance and fix bugs. If you wish to install the latest driver for the graphics card installed in your computer, you can make use of the control panel from manufacturers like Nvidia, Intel, and AMD to update the device that you are using on your computer.
Most of these applications are very easy to install and you just need to go through a few simple steps to check for updates. Alternatively, you may also download the latest driver from the website of the manufacturer and follow the instructions provided. If you are unable to follow the instructions, you can seek help from our PC tech support team to update the graphics card driver.