Drivers are essential for every Windows system. They allow your devices to communicate with your PC/laptop. With Windows 10, drivers are automatically downloaded and installed through Windows update for many devices, such as monitors, printers, network adapters, and video cards.
You may probably have the recent drivers installed on your system. However, when a new piece of hardware gets installed on your system, you may need to update drivers for the same. Additionally, you may want to update drivers when having problems with your system, such as BSOD error (Faulty or outdated drivers are one of the most common reasons for blue screen error).
Irrespective of the reasons, you can update the drivers for Windows 10 for free. Here, we share some easy-to-follow methods to update the device driver pretty quickly. Let’s get started!
- Method 1: Update Drivers with System Settings
- Method 2: Update Drivers using Device Manager
- Method 3: Update drivers from the manufacturers’ website
Method 1: Update Drivers with System Settings
You may update the drivers using Windows Update. Follow the given steps:
- Press Windows + I to open System Settings.
- Afterward, navigate to Update & Security. (See Image 1)
Image 1: Navigate to Update & Security on System Settings
- Go to Windows Update and click Install Now to download the latest available driver software for your device. (See Image 2)
Image 2: Install the latest driver
- You can also press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box, type ms-settings:windowsupdate, and hit Enter to update driver.
Method 2: Update Drivers using Device Manager
If the driver is not installed by Windows Update, you can manually update the device drivers using Device Manager. To do so, follow the given steps:
- Go to Device Manager and then the device category for which you want to update the driver. (See Image 3)
Image 3: Open Device Manager
- Expand the device category, right-click on the driver, and choose Update driver. (See Image 4)
Image 4: Select the driver to update
- On the following wizard, select Search automatically for drivers to install the drivers. If the process takes too much time, opt for the next option.
- If you already have the driver files and a compatible driver is available, all you need to do is select Browse my computer for drivers. (See Image 5)
Image 5: Select the option to search for drivers
- Click Next and wait until the process finishes. Restart your system and check if the drivers are updated.
Method 3: Update drivers from the manufacturers’ website
Another option is downloading the driver from the manufacturers’ site. Suppose if you an NVIDIA graphics card, you can visit NVIDIA’s official website and follow the instructions to update the driver. Similarly, you can update HP driver windows 10, AMD, Dell, Intel driver, and Lenovo. Once you’re done with updating the drivers, you may restart your system.
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Device Drivers, when updated, enable multiple hardware devices work smoothly with your system. Updating device drivers often solves multiple problems, such as blue screen of death errors, code 19 errors, graphics device problems with error code 43, etc. You can try all of these discussed do-it-yourself (DIY) methods to update drivers in Windows 10 for free, including updating drivers using system settings, disk management, and the manufacturer’s site.
Moreover, if you won’t be able to access your system due to a faulty, corrupted or outdated driver, you can recover your data using a reliable data recovery software for Windows. Stellar Data Recovery is a great tool to restore your data from Windows-based systems as well as external storage drives such as HDD, SSD, USB drives, SD cards, etc