Need to update a driver? Here’s how to do it properly on Windows 10.

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How to update graphics drivers on Windows 10

Typically, if the graphics card is working, it’s never a good idea to update its driver. However, graphics card manufacturers are known to rollout updates periodically to improve the experience, support, fix bugs, and add more functionalities, especially for games.

If you have to be on the most recent version of the graphics driver, instead of waiting for it to arrive through Windows Update, you can use the graphics control panel available from Nvidia, AMD, or Intel to download and install the latest updates.

You can use the links below to download the software for the brand you’re using:

After you download the app, installing it should be as easy as double-clicking the installers and going through the usual next, next, next wizard. Once you’re in the control panel, you can click the check for updates button from the driver’s section to download and install the latest driver.

Nvidia driver app

Source: Windows Central

Download graphics driver manually

In the case that you don’t want to install another piece of software, you should be able to download the latest graphics driver directly from the manufacturer’s support website.

The list below includes the links to download the latest update for your graphics card directly from your manufacturer support website:

Once you downloaded the package, use the manufacturer instructions to complete the update installation. If no instructions are available, usually, you only need to launch the installer, go trough a couple of clicks, and the wizard will remove the old driver and replace it with the new version automatically.

In the case that you’re dealing with .zip or a self-extracting package, you can refer to our previous steps to complete the driver installation using Device Manager.

Download graphics driver automatically

Alternatively, if you don’t know the brand and model of the video card, some manufacturers often provide a tool to detect the driver you need automatically.

You can use the links below to download and run the auto-detect and install driver assistant for your computer:

While on the website, download the assistant, then double-click the executable, and continue with the on-screen directions to complete the driver update.

If you’re using an OEM device (such as Dell, HP, Lenovo, Asus, etc.), consider that many manufacturers (especially Intel) modify their drivers to limit, expand, or optimize the functionalities of the integrated graphics card. This means that if you have a branded device, it’s always recommended to download the latest updates from the computer manufacturer support website instead of Intel. Otherwise, your device might experience unexpected behaviors, missing configurations, or you may not be able to access all the features.

You may also be able to check the device model and brand using Device Manager with these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Device Manager and click the top result to open the tool.
  3. Expand the Display adapters branch.
  4. Confirm the brand and model of the graphics card.

    Device Manager check graphics card model and brand

    Source: Windows Central

After you complete the steps, you can use the information to download the correct driver update for your computer. If the information isn’t available, then you may have to use one of the available tools from Nvidia, AMD, or Intel to detect the driver you need. Or you could also consult your device manual to determine the hardware configuration to find the correct driver update.

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