Device drivers are software that tells your computer’s operating system how to talk khổng lồ its hardware. Without device drivers, your Windows PC or máy tính xách tay won’t work. Keeping drivers up-to-date is essential for peak PC performance. We show you how khổng lồ update drivers on Windows 7 and 10 -- either manually or by using our automatic Driver Updater.

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Drivers are integral to lớn your PC’s functionality. For example, your PC’s graphics card is responsible for everything you see on the screen. The driver controls the resolution, color depth, đoạn clip acceleration, trò chơi acceleration, & more. Every graphics card is slightly different, and requires specialized software to lớn control it. That’s why, if no driver is installed, Windows uses a “default” driver, và you might get low resolution và low performance.

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Windows Device Manager shows a danh mục of all drivers running on your system, & whether something is wrong with any of them.

You don’t need khổng lồ think about device drivers very often, as Windows generally downloads, installs, và updates them. But Windows default drivers are not always ideal -- in fact, they can be extremely outdated.

So if your hardware isn"t automatically recognised, the device crashes, or if you run into problems, you may need to know how lớn update the drivers yourself.

Follow our step-by-step instructions below to learn how to update your device drivers on Windows. Và don’t forget, there’s also a completely automatic way to lớn update your drivers.

Installing và updating drivers manually

Many hardware makers offer downloads for their PCs, components (see also our sound card driver update guide and graphics cards driver update guide), and peripherals (scanners, printers).

The manufacturer may include a neat installer that walks you through the download and launch processes. In this case, click here to go straight to the instructions. Some drivers come in the form of archives, such as ZIP or RAR. If that’s so, follow these instructions:

How to lớn update drivers on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 manually (device manager)

Go khổng lồ the manufacturer’s site lớn find the driver you want to lớn update. Lớn help you see the process, for the rest of this example I updated an old intel Iris HD 520 (GPU) driver for my Surface Book.

Download the driver. It probably is stored in an archived format, such as ZIP or RAR. Double-click on it to let it auto-extract or right-click on the file and select Extract Here.


You probably now likely see a thư mục with a lot of cryptic file names, lượt thích this one:


If you’re lucky, one of those files is called setup or Install, which makes your life easy. But it’s just as likely that an installation tool isn’t included. In that case, you need to xuất hiện Device Manager and use it to lớn install the driver manually.

Important: Remember the folder where you downloaded these files. For example, C:UsersYOUR_USERNAMEDownloads

Open Device Manager by right-clicking on the Windows orb (Start button) in the lower task bar and selecting Device Manager. You can also open Device Manager by clicking the Windows keyR at the same time & typing in the following:

Choose OK.

Next, tìm kiếm for the category of device to lớn update. In our case, that’s the Display adapters category. Expand it & select the driver to lớn refresh:


Double-click on that entry và select the Drivers tab. Choose the Update drivers button, then choose the Browse button lớn find your driver update files.

Now go to lớn the thư mục of the installed drivers.

Click the OK button và then click on Next.


Done! Hopefully the new driver gives you more features, better performance, and fewer bugs.

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How lớn update drivers on Windows 7 & Windows 8, 10 using an installer

A common way to update a driver for Windows is to use an installer program supplied by the manufacturer. These installers either sit inside a compressed folder (as you see above in the earlier example) or are provided as one single file.

In most cases, the update is as simple as running that program. Let’s run through the thiết lập process using an AMD Radeon 460 Pro graphics card.

Download the device driver and xuất hiện your tải về folder


Find the setup file you downloaded, and click lớn launch it:


All you need to vì chưng is click on Next, Yes, và Install buttons. In most cases, you need khổng lồ reboot your machine after the installation.



Updating individual drivers with Windows Device Manager

In some cases, Windows Update can install drivers that aren’t available elsewhere. Anything that has gone through the Microsoft certification process has been tested, so you can confidently trust the driver files it updates.

To use Windows Update to lớn install drivers on Windows 7 or Windows 8:

Click on Start & then go khổng lồ Control Panel.

Go to lớn System và Security; select Windows Update.


Next, go lớn the menu of optional updates. If you find some hardware driver updates, install them!

To Use Windows Update to lớn install drivers on Windows 10:

Click on the Start button and then on the little cog.


This opens the Settings application.

Click on Update và security which brings you lớn the Windows Update section.

Click on Check for Updates and hope that it installs updates automatically.

If that process doesn’t find anything, there’s a chance that you can still find a device driver using the “Automatic” detection method of Device Driver. To do that, open up Device Manager by clicking on the Windows keyand R at the same time and typing in devmgmt.msc.


Go to the driver lớn update & double-click on it, just as you did in the initial instructions. But instead of manually looking for an updater file, go to the Drivers application, choose the Update Driver button, và select Search automatically for updated driver software.


How lớn update drivers automatically

There are alternatives in the form of a professional driver updater software that comes with a database of drivers (hundreds of thousands of them), checks your system for old drivers, và installs the new ones automatically.

You can find, download, và update drivers automatically with Driver Updater. It checks your entire system for old drivers, selects the best upgrades, & installs them for you -- easily và automatically.