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Author Topic: How to update outdated drivers in Windows 10  (Read 133 times)
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« on: May 16, 2017, 04:26:26 PM »

Drivers are an essential part of every Windows’ ecosystem. Without these invisible software packages, you basically can’t run your computer normally. Every piece of hardware requires a proper driver to work correctly because drivers are ‘the soul of every computer.’

If a particular component of your computer is missing or has an outdated driver, various problems may occur. For example, if your graphics card is missing a driver, you’ll have display problems, if your sound card is missing a driver, you won’t hear any sound on your computer, and so on.

Keeping all your drivers up to date is essential for your computer to work properly. But in Windows 10, keeping your drivers updated is slightly harder than it used to be in previous versions of the OS.

You probably know that Microsoft imagined Windows 10 as a service, which means we won’t get a new version of Windows in the future, but just bigger updates for the current version. The problem with these updates is that some of them can make your drivers outdated or even incompatible.

In that manner, it is highly recommended to check all your drivers after installing a major update for Windows 10. Because, as we said, if an update makes your drivers outdated or incompatible, you may face some major problems.

There are a couple of ways to check for drivers update, and each method is quite simple. So, if you still haven’t, do your computer a favor, and update all your drivers to latest versions.

How to update drivers in Windows 10

Method 1 – Use Windows Update

Microsoft has some sort of a partnership with bigger hardware manufacturers like Intel, nVidia, AMD, etc. Therefore these companies regularly release driver updates for their components via Windows Update. So, if you’re rocking a newer nVidia or ATI graphics card, all you need to do to keep your drivers up to date is to regularly check for Windows updates.

You probably already know how to check for updates in Windows 10, but it won’t hurt if we remind you once again. To check for updates, go to the Settings app > Updates & Security, and just Check for Updates. This way, you’ll keep all your drivers updated, and install all the other Windows 10 updates available as well.

Method 2 – Use the Device Manager

In case you don’t receive your driver updates via Windows Update, the most common way to check for driver updates is with the Device Manager. This Windows’ feature manages all the hardware in your computer, so updating drivers is possible for every single component of your machine.

It might take some time to check every single driver manually, but you can solve a lot of problems by doing that. To check for driver updates in Device Manager, do the following:

1. Go to Search, type devicemng, and open the Device Manager

2. You’ll now see the list of all your hardware listed in Device Manager

3. To check for driver updates for any component, just right-click on it, and go to Update driver software.

4. If a driver update is available, the wizard will automatically install it, if not, your driver is already up to date.

As we said, this is the most popular method of checking for driver updates in Windows 10. Of course, you can do more in Device manager than just checking for driver updates, but that’s a topic for another article.

There are a few more ways to update your computer’s drivers, but those we listed above are the best. For example, you can download drivers manually from a manufacturer’s website, which is probably the best solution, in case Device Manager fails to find any updates for your driver.

You’ll also stumble upon a few programs that offer you scanning for driver changes, and automatically installing updates. However, we don’t recommend using such programs, because most of them are paid, and don’t guarantee the most accurate results. So, why pay for something you can do on your own?


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