How To Choose The Right Driver For Your Windows 10 Device ((TOP))
Windows 10: A Guide to Selecting and Installing Drivers
Drivers are software components that enable your hardware devices to communicate with your operating system. Without drivers, your devices may not function properly or at all. Windows 10 usually installs drivers automatically when you connect a new device, but sometimes you may need to manually install a driver or update an existing one. In this guide, we will show you how to select and install drivers on Windows 10 using different methods.
How to Choose the Right Driver for Your Windows 10 Device
Method 1: Use Windows Update
Windows Update is a built-in feature that downloads and installs the latest updates for Windows 10, including drivers. To use Windows Update to install drivers, follow these steps:
Press Win + I to open Settings.
Select Windows Update.
Click Advanced options.
Scroll down to the Additional options section and click Optional updates.
Select Driver updates.
Check the driver you would like to install and click Download & install.
Note: Windows Update may not always have the latest or best matching driver for your device. You can also check for driver updates from the device manufacturers website or use a third-party tool to scan and update drivers.
Method 2: Use Device Manager
Device Manager is a tool that lets you manage your hardware devices and their drivers. You can use Device Manager to manually install a driver from a local or online source. To use Device Manager to install drivers, follow these steps:
Press Win + X and select Device Manager.
Expand the category of the device you want to update and right-click on it.
Select Update driver.
You will see two options: Browse my computer for drivers and Search automatically for updated driver software. Choose the option that suits your needs.
If you choose Browse my computer for drivers, you will need to locate the folder with the driver installation files on your computer or external drive. Click the Browse button and select the folder. Check the Include subfolders option to find the correct .inf file with the instructions to apply the driver. Click the Next button.
If you choose Search automatically for updated driver software, Windows will search online for the best available driver for your device. If it finds one, it will download and install it automatically.
Click the Close button when the installation is complete.
Note: Device Manager may not always find the most recent or compatible driver for your device. You can also download the driver from the device manufacturers website or use a third-party tool to scan and update drivers.
Method 3: Use a Third-Party Tool
A third-party tool is a software application that can help you find, download, and install drivers for your devices. There are many such tools available online, some of them are free and some of them are paid. To use a third-party tool to install drivers, follow these steps:
Download and install a third-party tool of your choice from its official website.
Launch the tool and scan your computer for outdated or missing drivers.
Select the drivers you want to update and click on the update button.
The tool will download and install the drivers for you automatically.
Restart your computer if prompted.
Note: Some third-party tools may not be reliable or safe to use. Make sure you download them from reputable sources and scan them for viruses before installing them. You can also create a backup of your drivers before updating them in case something goes wrong.