Windows 10 continues the tradition of hardware compatibility by providing support for a vast collection of devices available within the Windows ecosystem. Hardware detection in particular is an important part of the out of the box experience. Driver software which makes this happen, allows your hardware to function by communicating with the operating system. In this article, we take a look at installing and updating drivers in Windows 10.
Important Drivers for Windows 10
When you perform a new install or upgrade, you should download the latest software drivers from the manufacturers website for your computer model. Important drivers include: Chipset, Video, Audio and Network (Ethernet/Wireless). For laptops, make sure you download the latest Touch Pad drivers. There are other drivers you will probably need, but you can often download these through Windows Update after have a working Internet connection setup.
Windows Update is the premier starting point to resolve most common driver issues you might experience immediately after installing Windows 10. Driver updates for Windows 10 and many devices (such as monitors, printers, and video cards) are automatically downloaded and installed through Windows Update. While it’s likely you already have the most recent driver, if you’re having trouble with a device, you can try fixing it by updating the driver or reinstalling it. Here’s how:
- Select the Start button, type Device Manager, and select it from the list of results.
- Expand one of the categories to find the name of your device, then right-click (or tap and hold) it, and select Update Driver Software.
- Select Search automatically for updated driver software.
- If Windows doesn’t find a new driver, you can try looking for one on the device manufacturer’s website and follow their instructions.
If these steps don’t work, try reinstalling the driver manually.
Manually Update Drivers in Windows 10
If you choose to update drivers manually, you can follow steps below how to install the driver step by step in Windows 10.
- Open Windows 10 Control Panel by pressing Win+X (Windows key windows key 3 and X key) at the same time and clicking Control Panel.
- View by Small icons.
- Click Device Manager.
- In Device Manager window, expand categories and locate the device that you wish to update the driver for. For instance, if you used Driver Easy to download “Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller”, find this device under “Network adapters” category. Then right-click on the device name and select Update Driver Software…
- In the pop-up window, you will see two options. Click Browse my computer for driver software.
- Click on Browse to find the location of the downloaded driver file.
- Select Open File Location to get the location of the downloaded driver file. Alternatively, you can copy and paste the location address of the downloaded driver files to the box.
- Click on Next button to install the driver.
Different Windows OS requires the specific drivers compatible with it, such as Windows 10 64-bit needs Windows 10 drivers for 64 bit, 32-bit OS needs 32-bit drivers, Windows 10 grapics driver for HP notebook 2000 PC, and othe requirement of laptop drivers in Windows 10.
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