In theory, you need a driver to recognize the hard drive; however, operating system installation disks come pre-loaded with the drivers needed to recognize the hard drive for installation. Therefore, your first task in replacing a primary hard drive is to install the operating system. Instead, only update your drivers if you’re having a problem with your hardware.

Display Drivers

If you’re having system trouble, like a printer not working or games crashing, then it might be indicative that your drivers need updating. The rollback driver feature available in Windows Device Manager is used to uninstall the current device driver and then automatically install the previously installed version of the device driver. Updating device drivers is also a great troubleshooting step when the device is not functioning properly or generating an error, like a Device Manager error code. In some instances, an updated device driver might enable new features for the hardware as provided by the manufacturer.

  • It’s not always clear how to update drivers, especially because of malicious sites that lure unsuspecting users into downloading malware and viruses that are harmful to your computer.
  • The best ways to update drivers for graphics cards, motherboards, and anything else in your PC.
  • To update from the GeForce Experience launcher, log in (create an account if you don’t have one already), click on the ‘Drivers’ tab at the top left, then ‘Check for Updates’ on the right.
  • But if you don’t like the idea of logging into GeForce Experience every time you need to install a driver update, you can go to Nvidia’s driver page to manually download the latest available driver version.
  • There’s a right way to ago about driver updates to ensure this doesn’t happen to you.
  • The benefit of having GeForce Experience installed on your PC is that it will automatically check for updates and alert you if there is a new driver available.

Just like your system itself, your drivers can become outdated as well. Especially for those who have installed Bluetooth drivers in the past and forgot to update them. The operating system is installed on the primary hard drive. Replacing this drive require replacing the operating system.

Does Windows 10 install all drivers automatically?

Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs drivers for your devices when you first connect them. Windows 10 also includes default drivers that work on a universal basis to ensure the hardware works successfully, at the least. If necessary, Windows 8 network driver you can also install the drivers yourself.

Some device drivers may require you to reboot the PC to complete the installation process. A device’s properties window contains information and settings that are specific to that type of hardware.

You can also go to the manufacturer of your device and update your drivers through them. If you want to download drivers manually then it’s highly advisable to go straight to the source. This way you’ll ensure the download is up-to-date and safe. This will give you all sorts of information about your drivers, like the version number, manufacturer, installation date, and more. You can double-click a driver on the list to see the information in a single view.

You should consider updating device drivers in Windows when you install a new hardware device and it doesn’t work automatically or after reinstalling or upgrading Windows on your PC. Once the necessary device drivers are downloaded, you can save the downloaded files to an external USB key, USB hard disk drive or even copy the files to a CD/DVD.

While you’ll have drivers installed on your system, you may not know precisely what they are or what version you’re using. A driver is a software that communicates with your hardware to make it work with your operating system.

How To Install And Update A Computer Driver

Say your ethernet connection drops occasionally, or your printer isn’t printing properly. In this case, one of the first troubleshooting steps you should take is to update the driver, since these issues may be fixed in a new update. There’s a lot of third-party software out there that will claim to scan your system and update all the drivers in one go. I’ve yet to find any third-party utilities that I’d consider truly reputable and that won’t bundle adware alongside, install outdated drivers, or get them from dubious sources.