Three easy ways to update your Windows 10 device drivers

Windows 10 is designed to automatically install device drivers on your machine but sometimes there are factors that will prevent this. By default, Windows 10 Update should manage updates needed by the operating system, apps, and devices (hardware components). If you’re having problems with a certain device or if there’s an on-going stability issue, it’s good if you check for possible drivers-related problem. In today’s post, we bring you the ways on how to check and install device drivers on your Windows 10 machine.

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Method #1: Update Windows 10 device drivers via Windows Update

We make this as the number option since it’s the safest and easiest to do. Installing updates provided by Microsoft via its regular,weekly Windows Update mechanism means you’re getting digitally signed packages from official sources. When doing Windows- or Microsoft-related updates, be sure to go through Windows Update.

Many hardware makers push updates for their components via Microsoft’s Windows Update so your computer should automatically download and install them the moment Windows Update is initiated. The thing is, not all hardware makers publish their their updates this way so you may still end up going to their website or installing their own program in your machine to automatically receive updates. This is a common situation for graphics cards. Anyhow, to begin downloading and installing device drivers to your Windows 10 machine, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Windows Update.
  4. Click the Check for updates button.

Method #2: Get Windows 10 device drivers from Microsoft via Device Manager

For most devices installed in your machine, updating their drivers is best done thru Device Manager. This is true for most printers, sound cards, ethernet or wifi adapters, and almost any other device that’s found under Device Manager. To do this step, do the following:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Search for Device Manager, click the top result to open the experience.
  3. Expand the category with the hardware you want to update.
  4. Right-click the device, and select Update Driver.
  5. Click the Search automatically for updated driver software option.

Method #3: Install Windows 10 device drivers manually

Ideally, you’re supposed to just run a check under Device Manager to get updates. Sometimes though, manufacturers will not publish their new updates under Microsoft’s update system. This is often true with more sophisticated devices like GPUs or graphics processing unit. If you know that there should be an update for your device but nothing is installed when you do Methods 1 and 2, you’ll want to do it manually by going to the manufacturer’s website. Once there, you have to follow their instructions on what to do. For example, if you’re using an NVIDIA GPU in your PC, you should be able to get drivers for your graphics card by visiting NVIDIA’s website. Depending on the GPU model you have, there may be an option for you to install another program that will manage the drivers needed by your device.

In case you don’t have a special program from a manufacturer and you’re only given a zip file for the update, you should unzip or unpack that file first before using the content to update your driver. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Search for Device Manager, click the top result to open Device Manager.
  3. Expand the category with the hardware you want to update.
  4. Right-click the device, and select Update Driver.
  5. Click the Browse my computer for driver software option.
  6. Click the Browse button.
  7. Browse and select the main folder with the content you have extracted earlier.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Check the Include subfolders to allow the wizard to find the correct .inf file with the instructions to update the driver.
  10. Click the Next button.

The doing the steps above, Windows will then install the device driver.

How to check if your device has installed the latest update successfully

Wondering how to know if your device drivers are up-to-date? It’s really easy and it’s just a matter of clicking a few options under Device Manager.

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Search for Device Manager, click the top result to open Device Manager.
  3. Expand the category with the hardware you have updated.
  4. Right-click the device, and select Properties.
  5. Click on the Driver tab. In this section, there are two important things to check — Driver Date and Driver Version. Make sure to compare these details with the ones from your device manufacturers. If their provided information for the latest drivers match those under the Driver tab, then you have the latest updates installed.


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