- Drivers are an essential part of every Windows ecosystem. Without these software packages, you basically can't run your hardware as intended.
- To check for driver updates, open the Device Manager, right-click on the hardware, and choose to Update driver software.
- Usually, when a hardware component is not working properly we first look at its drivers. Check out our Drivers section for more information about this.
- Updates and security go hand in hand when it comes to your computer's safety. Go to our Update & Security hub for a plethora of articles on this subject.
Drivers are an essential part of every Windows ecosystem. Without these invisible software packages, you basically can’t run your hardware as intended.
Thus, keeping them up to date is of essential value for all Windows users, both home users and professionals.
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If a particular component of your computer is missing or has an outdated driver, various problems may occur.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. This 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The problem with these updates is that some of them can make your drivers outdated or even incompatible.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Because, as we said, if an update makes your drivers outdated or incompatible, you may face some major problems.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 the latest versions.
How can I update drivers in Windows 10?
- Use Windows Update
- Use the Device Manager
- Update the drivers from the manufacturer’s website
- Install dedicated driver downloading software
1. Use Windows Update
Microsoft has some sort of 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.
2. Use the Device Manager
- Go to Search, type devicemng, and open the Device Manager.
- You’ll now see the list of all your hardware listed in Device Manager.
- To check for driver updates for any component, just right-click on it, and choose to Update driver software.
- 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.
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.
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 as described above.
3. Update the drivers from the manufacturer’s website
You can also download drivers manually from the manufacturer’s website, in case the Device Manager fails to find any updates for your drivers.
Here are the official driver download links for the most common drivers used on Windows PCs:
- NVIDIA driver updates
- AMD driver updates
- Intel driver updates
- HP driver updates
- Dell driver updates
- Lenovo driver updates
4. Install dedicated driver downloading software
There are various third-party tools that you can use to automatically install the latest drivers on your Windows 10 computer. Driver Fusion is one of the most efficient.
Besides the fact that it’s compatible with all versions of popular OEM device manufacturers such as AMD, ASUS, Creative, Intel, HP, Lenovo, NVIDIA, or Razer, Driver Fusion makes updating drivers simple.
The tool runs automatically to find outdated drivers. When new updates appear, easily grab them from inside the program’s database and skip the trouble of downloading them manually.
Plus, an issue check is performed in the background every two weeks by default, while backups of your computer’s system files and settings are always created before important changes are made.
With advanced update features, Driver Fusion turns into a must-have for all those who want to monitor their drivers.
There are a few more ways to update your computer’s drivers, but those we listed above are the best.
You’ll also stumble upon a few more programs that offer you scanning for driver changes, and automatically installing updates.
However, we don’t recommend using all these programs, because not all of them guarantee the most accurate results.
FAQ: Read more about updating the drivers
- How do I update all my drivers Windows 10?
You need to automatically update drivers from Device Manager. You can also use our expert guide on how to update your Windows 10 drivers.
- Does Windows 10 install drivers automatically?
- How can I see what drivers need updating?
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.