First, you need to understand exactly what a driver is. Essentially, it’s a piece of software that allows your computer’s components to work together and be recognized by Windows. It is an essential piece of code that allows Windows to detect and interact with a specific piece of hardware as well as peripheral devices.
Why is it so important to pay attention to these drivers? If they become corrupted or out of date, problems can arise such as your computer may crash or the peripherals may no longer function. Even it may happen that your PC will stop connecting to WiFi.
In this article, we’ll show you how to update drivers in Windows 10 step by step.
1. Create a restore point
Though many people skip this step while updating drivers, this is actually a very important step. You should always make sure to create a restore point. In case updating a driver causes problems for your computer, you can go back if you have created a restore point. It only takes a minute, but can save you from a lot of hassle later.
Creating a restore point in Window 10; Image Source: windowsreport.com
To create one, click Start/Search bar, type “Create a restore point” and select the top result. Select the drive for which you want to create a restore point and make sure that ‘Protection’ is enabled for that drive. after that click ‘Create’. Give it a name, click ‘Create’, and wait for it to finish.
The first way to update your drivers easily is to use Microsoft’s built-in tool, which is Windows Update. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. After going there click “Check for updates“. Windows will download and install automatically if any updates are found.
Check for updates in Windows 10; Image Source: thewindowsclub.com
Well, this updating procedure is good when you need to do a general check of your drivers, as well as getting updates for the operating system itself. But it will require some time as it will check all the drivers thoroughly. Whereas, if you know the specific driver that needs updating, there is a quicker way to do it which is mentioned in the later steps.
3. Device Manager
Device Manager is a place where you can quickly view all of the components that make up your computer, and update their drivers if necessary. Let for example your PC is having trouble connecting to your home WiFi. To update its driver, you need to go to Device Manager and look for Wifi adapter.
Updating WiFi Adapter from Device Manger; Image source: windowscentral.com
Let for the above example, you need to go to Start menu/ Search bar and type “Device Manager”, then click the first result. Scroll down to “Network adapters” and click the arrow to open the full list. Right-click the wireless adapter, click “Update driver”, then click “Search automatically for updated driver software” and your work will be done.
4. Getting drivers from the manufacturer’s website
If you have several components from the same company that all need updating, what you can do is to go directly to the manufacturer’s website to download the latest drivers.
Go to the company’s support section and download the relevant driver. Now open Device Manager from the previous step, right-click the component that needs updating, and click “Update driver”. Now instead of clicking “Search automatically for updated driver software”, click “Browse my computer for driver software” and navigate to the folder containing the driver.
5. Nvidia graphics drivers
Graphics drivers needs more regular updates. But depending on your graphics card, ways are different to update its drivers.
Updating Nvidia graphics drivers; Image Source: thewindowsclub.com
Let us start with Nvidia graphics cards. At first you will have to open up Nvidia’s GeForce Experience program, then click Drivers in the top-left corner. If there is a new driver, you will see an option to download it. Nvidia also gives you an option to perform a fresh installation. But remember, this will erase your previous settings.
6. AMD graphics drivers
If you have an AMD graphics card, the process is a little different to update it. First, right-click on your desktop, then click AMD Radeon Settings.
Updating AMD graphics drivers; image Source: thewindowsclub.com
When the program loads, look to the button in the bottom left. If new graphics drivers are available, it will say “New Update”. If it says ‘Updates’ with a tick next to it, then you’re up to speed.
8. Reinstall a troublesome driver
Sometimes, when you install or update drivers, some may not get installed or updated properly. Even when it seems everything should line up and go according to plan, you can still come across a critical error.
To solve the problem, go to Device Manager, find the component that’s giving you trouble, and right-click on it. In the list of options, select “Uninstall device”, then reboot your PC. When your computer loads up again, Windows will attempt to reinstall the driver, and this could solve the problem.
If that still won’t work however, try downloading and running the Windows Update Troubleshooter from Microsoft’s website. Once it’s finished, update the driver again.
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