Updating your device driver is sometimes a necessary task you must perform from time to time. Drivers help to link hardware and peripherals like the graphics card, network adapter, sound card etc to the OS. This updates can be to fix a bug or for a newer version of the OS and sometimes might just be needed to make a component of the system work properly. We will be discussing three ways you can go about updating your driver software and they are;
- Automatically using Device Manager
- Manually using Device Manager
- Using Windows Update
How to update driver automatically using Device Manager
You can get to ‘Device Manager’ by pressing down windows key and ‘X’ together or right click on the start menu and if you are using a touchscreen tap and hold on the start menu. Click on ‘Device Manager’ and a window will open showing a list of components on your system.
Then it is up to you to pick which one of them you want to update. What you have to do is look for the driver you will like to update under the hardware or peripheral. Right click on it and select ‘update driver’ which pops up a tab for you. Here you will see either to choose between ‘search automatic for updated software’ or to manually update yourself.
Click on the automatic update option and follow the steps. If there is a new version, it will download and install automatically.
How to manually update driver using Device Manager
Following the previous steps to the point where you have to choose between automatic and manual update. Click ‘Browse my computer for driver software’.
This leads to the point where you will hit the ‘browse’ button to look for the updated driver software which you must have downloaded first from the manufacturer website. Make sure the file selected has the ‘.inf’ extension that is needed to update the driver.
After you must have selected the file, you click on ‘Next’ and follow the steps to install the new driver update. At the end of the day, this method is mostly used because these manufacturers delay to send their updates to Microsoft. Hence, your inability to access them automatically which is easier.
How to update driver using Windows Update
This is a similar method to automatically updating a driver using the Device manager but through a separate process anyway. To start, right-click on the start button and then select ‘settings’.
Furthermore, you select ‘Update and Security’ and after that ‘windows update’. Click on ‘search for updates’ and your updated driver will be downloaded and installed automatically. That is if the manufacturer makes it available under this feature.