How To Easily Update Your Video Drivers In Windows 10?
A device driver is software that allows your operating system and other software to interact with certain devices and hardware. A driver is like a translator between software and hardware, allowing them to communicate smoothly, since they are often developed by different manufacturers and companies. In most cases, the computer would not be able to send and receive data correctly without drivers. If an appropriate driver is not installed, the device may not function properly, or at all. The same applies to graphics hardware and drivers.
A graphics (video) driver is the software that allows your operating system and programs to use your computer graphics hardware. Updated graphics drivers are important and often deliver better performance. Driver updates typically provide bug fixes and compatibility with newer software. Most drivers that come with your computer or Windows (through Windows Update) are good enough, and there is no need to install or update other drivers. There is, however, an exception for graphic drivers. The most common video cards are NVIDIA and AMD - both manufacturers frequently release new graphics drivers with huge improvements in performance.
Therefore, you may need to do some minor manual work, especially if you are a gamer, playing the latest games, or using newer graphics hardware. In this article we show how to easily update your video drivers in Windows 10. We provide three main methods to update the video drivers (although there are other ways to achieve this). Choose the method that suits, but note that not every method is guaranteed to work. If one method fails, try another, until you update the video driver successfully.
Table of Contents:
- Update Your Graphics Driver With Snappy Driver Installer
- Update Your Graphics Driver Through Windows System
- Update Your Graphics Driver By Downloading It From The Manufacturer
- Video Showing How To Update Your Graphics Driver In Windows 10
Update Your Graphics Driver With Snappy Driver Installer
One way to update or install new drivers for devices is to do it by using third-party software such as Snappy Driver Installer. You will need a computer with a working internet connection in order to download it.
Snappy Driver Installer (SDI) is a powerful free driver updater tool for Windows that can store its entire collection of drivers offline. Having offline drivers gives Snappy Driver Installer the ability to have access to fast driver updates, even if there is no active internet connection. Snappy Driver works with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. Drivers are downloaded through Snappy Driver Installer in what are called driverpacks, which are just collections (packs) of drivers for various hardware like sound devices, video cards, network adapters etc. It can also show duplicate drivers and invalid drivers and it separates the updates that require you to restart your computer so it would be easier to distinguish them from the rest. You can download Snappy Driver Installer from here.
Update Your Graphics Driver Through Windows System
To update your graphic driver through the Windows system, go to Device Manager. To open Device Manager, go to Search and type "device", and then choose "Device Manager" from the results.
In the Device Manager window, double-click "Display adapters" (or click the arrow) to expand that section. This will show the model and manufacturer of your graphics card.
Right-click the graphics card model name and choose the "Update driver" option.
Windows will ask how you wish to search for drivers. Click "Search automatically for updated driver software". Windows will now find and install the drivers for you.
Update Your Graphics Driver Downloading It From The Manufacturer
For some types of graphics hardware integrated into laptops, you may not be able to get drivers straight from the manufacturer. In this case, you may have to get updated drivers from your laptop manufacturer.
If you know your card manufacturer and model, you might also need to know your system type to download the correct driver. To get information about your system type, enter "information" in Search and click "System Information".
In the System Information window, look beside "System Type" for the details. You might need this information when looking for the correct driver on your manufacturer's webpage. If you do not know your PC card manufacturer and model, go to Device Manager to find out (this is shown in a previous method).
Now that you have all the information you need, go to your video card (or PC) manufacturer's webpage and look for the correct driver for your graphics card. Download it directly from your card manufacturer. Some manufacturers have update-checking utilities that automatically check for new graphics driver versions and alert you, so that you do not have to do this manually.
We hope this article helped you to update your drivers successfully.
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