How to properly and safely update the device drivers on Windows 10

How to properly and safely update the device drivers on Windows 10

Who from us though time in life working with the Windows operating system, are not faced with the problem of the drivers, that did not sit at the computer ever. It is recognized that search and update drivers is the main issue, which is very angry users of Windows systems. It just so happened that Microsoft operating systems work with the equipment of many manufacturers. Any smart phone, USB drive, scanner, printer, headphones and other nonsense can be easily connected to the computer on Windows. Sometimes this happens automatically, almost imperceptibly for the user, and sometimes to connect, you need to make an effort to find the time to solve. The reason notorious drivers, who act as a link between your laptop and the connected equipment. For the average user at that stage of the problem, the solution of these sometimes ends with a call to “geek” or boy,”who knows computers”. But not always this decision is justified, and costs a lot of money.

The contents

  1. What are the drivers? Why do they need?
  2. How often do you need to update drivers?
  3. Update hardware drivers via Windows update 10
  4. Updating drivers manually through device Manager
  5. Use the manufacturer’s website
  6. Update graphics driver
  7. You bought a new laptop, or performed a clean installation of Windows 10
  8. Do not use third-party utilities for drivers

Today I will try to teach the average user to properly and safely install the device driver on Windows 10. I understand that “experienced” users have an IMHO about this, but it’s worth noting that sometimes it is incorrect and sometimes harmful for the devices on Windows 10.

What are the drivers? Why do they need?

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All we often use the word “driver”, but hardly anyone actually knows its value. Driver — a kind of program, or, rather, bits of software that Windows uses to communicate with the hardware of your PC. Device manufacturers create these drivers, and you can get them directly from the manufacturer of your devices. Windows itself does not need to know how to use all functions of your monitor, mouse, USB drive, graphics card or SSD. In order to use all functions it needs a driver (program) which will help in this. The manufacturer of the device you want to connect to desktop PC or laptop, it produces the following driver files and passes them to Windows development. But when releasing or operating the device may be some bugs or issues that need to be corrected for it to work properly. The manufacturer releases driver updates, which again sends the Windows developers, as well as posting on the website under Support. In other words, we have two sources of driver updates: automatic updates with Windows 10 and the official website of the developer device. Some “experienced” users I believe that update drivers regularly and always from the manufacturer’s website. This is a misconception and I will explain why.

How often do you need to update drivers?

If the short answer, I do not recommend to update the drivers for your hardware, unless there is good reason. Not for nothing do they say: “don’t touch what works well”. For example, the driver for the device the SD card reader that is built into your computer probably just works perfectly. Even if the manufacturer offers a slightly newer version, you will not notice a significant difference. There is no reason to dwell on the fact that for each component on your computer has the latest hardware drivers.

However, there are some good reasons to update the drivers. In particular, gamers usually have to keep their graphics drivers as more relevant to provide the best graphic performance and the least bugs in modern games. In other cases, you may need to obtain the latest version of the device driver if the current driver is causing problems with your computer.

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For fans of the games have built-in utilities from manufacturers of gaming graphics cards NVIDIA GeForce Experience, AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition, depending on what video card is installed in your PC.

We now proceed directly to the process and methods for updating drivers for devices on Windows 10.

Update hardware drivers via Windows update 10

If you use Windows 10, Windows Update automatically downloads and installs for you the latest drivers. Windows 7 and 8 also provide driver updates via Windows update, but Microsoft is more aggressive to Windows 10. It all happens automatically. Even if you install their own hardware drivers, Windows sometimes automatically overwrite them when a new version is available. The only good news is that Windows 10 does not overwrite things like graphics drivers, especially if you have a utility from the manufacturer which keeps up with updates. Simply put, you decide what graphic drivers are installed on your laptop though, or rather for you to decide the video card manufacturer.

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Use Windows Update in Windows 10 is an automatic solution to driver installation on the principle”install and forget”. You don’t need the update utility drivers, because Windows 10 it is already built.

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In Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 hardware drivers are listed in Windows Update as optional update. If you need the latest hardware drivers, be sure to go to Windows update, check for updates and install any available device driver updates.

Updating drivers manually through device Manager

In Windows operating systems, there is a very useful section of the system, which is called “device Manager”. Open it in Windows 10 is very easy if you right-click the mouse on the start button and find it in the list of programs you will immediately see. Device Manager is a remarkable place, where you can find useful information about the equipment that is installed on your laptop with Windows 10. Open any subsection, such as “display Adapters”, and see what kind of graphics card is installed in your laptop. Can get all the information on your hard disk drive, network adapters, USB controllers, IDE ATA/ATAPI and much more. This is the heart of your device and you need to be able to prevent problems in his work. It’s pretty simple. If any equipment is not working properly, the system will immediately warn you about this. Next to the name of the hardware has any problems, a yellow exclamation mark. It means that you need to fix the problem. To do this, double-click the equipment, thereby opening up all the details. Opens the “General”, which will be written the problem or error associated with the operation of the equipment. Very often it can be solved in just a few minutes. Go to “Driver” and click on the option “Update driverдрайвера_2

The system will show you two methods to update: “Automatically check for updates online” or “Perform driver search on this computer”. To be honest, how many did not perform automatic search on the Internet, he did not give any useful fixes.

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So I strongly recommend to search for the best driver in the computer, as Windows 10 pre-downloaded driver for your hardware. The system will find it in their folders and offer to run the update.

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In a few minutes, your issue may be resolved. About it you will understand, as it will disappear the same yellow exclamation mark, and under the “General” says is that the device is working properly.

Use the manufacturer’s website

If after such manipulations you failed to solve the problem with hardware drivers, then you need to visit the manufacturer’s website. Very often we use devices that manufacturers have stopped supplying drivers for Windows, so the system can’t automatically install them. This applies particularly to older printers, scanners, multifunction devices or special equipment.

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In such cases, go straight to the website of your hardware manufacturer. If you have a laptop , go to the web site of the manufacturer and find the download page for the driver for your specific device model. Usually you will find one web page with a long list of drivers you can download. New versions of these drivers are published on this web page when they are available, and you can see the dates when they were downloaded, thus choosing the new.

It is also the place where you’ll find firmware updates BIOS or UEFI, but I don’t recommend installing them unless you have a really good reason for this. In fact, try to avoid updates of these components of your laptop. If everything works well, the new BIOS firmware and UEFI will be introduced by the system itself when the manufacturer will send it to Microsoft. You won’t even notice.

If you have created your own desktop PC, although it is preferable to buy a laptop, you have to download the drivers from the manufacturer of each individual component. For example, go to the motherboard manufacturer and look for its specific model to pick up her drivers. Repeat this process for each individual hardware component.

There is very wrong, or rather wrong opinion “experienced” users who are on all sorts of websites and forums encourage you to install drivers only from the manufacturer’s website. I wrote above that Windows 10 automatically sometimes puts the new version in the version which was obtained by a digital signature. It is very important for the correct operation of equipment. Often read that not running something on Windows 10 after installing a new driver from the manufacturer’s website. And never will because the system is trying to protect all the equipment in your laptop or PC from problems, and not to poke your whim. In such cases, I always suggest this “experienced” users to set themselves the driver, but in any case do not recommend to others.

Update graphics driver

For gamers, it is very important to their graphics chips supported by current drivers. This improves the performance in the game, the smoothness of the video card. For graphics drivers you can use the control panel that is included in the graphics drivers, to check for updates. NVIDIA, AMD and even Intel provide a control panel that will automatically check for and download the latest graphics driver updates for you. They mostly already have in your laptop. Can access them directly in the tray, thereby to start a search for driver updates. If you can’t find such a tool, but it can be easily downloaded from the official manufacturer website of your graphics card. This apps: NVIDIA GeForce Experience, AMD Radeon Software catalyst ™ graphics or Intel control panel.

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My laptop is a graphics card from NVIDIA. Run a check and after some time in laptop or desktop computer has a newer driver version for your graphics card.

Remember, if you are a gamer that Windows 10 will not automatically update the graphics drivers every time NVIDIA or AMD release a new version. These updates really only want the people who play computer games. Other users some tangible benefits from the constant updating the driver for your graphics card, except that the fact that you have a new driver worth it.

You bought a new laptop, or performed a clean installation of Windows 10

Very often inexperienced users believe that after they bought a new laptop, they urgently need to do something with drivers. For some reason, they decided that it will not work without their intervention. I hasten to reassure you. Nothing to do with drivers on the new laptop. As soon as you first turned on your laptop preloaded with Windows 10, the system automatically installed the necessary equipment drivers. All there with them is okay. Nowhere to go and something to install. Even if you are in the first few minutes of using a laptop connect a mouse, USB stick or your smartphone, then a minute later the system will install the necessary driver automatically. You don’t need to “run” on the manufacturers website and find the driver for the mouse or USB flash drive. Everything is already in place. The system installs in fact, 99% of the necessary drivers. With rare exception can not connect your laptop with some equipment. It must be some either very old or exotic.

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The same goes for when you decide to perform a clean installation of Windows 10 or install the system on a laptop without an operating system. Very rarely some driver is missing. I, at least, never such a problem is not faced for more than two years of using Windows 10. Microsoft managed to create an operating system that automatically pulls all the necessary drivers.

Do not use third-party utilities for drivers

Now a bit angry “experienced” users, as I will blame them for what is recommended to use third-party tools for updating drivers. You know, I sometimes get the impression that some part of the “advanced” users remained at the level of Windows XP. It was possible with the installation of a new operating system to a friend or acquaintance to come with your disk, and later USB flash drive, which was loaded with all sorts of programs, browsers, players, antiviruses and of course drivers. With an intelligent face “geek” vbuhali in another desktop computer debris, without which supposedly “it won’t work” and leave with a sense of self-importance. But, friends, on the street 21 and Windows 10, which all have to work properly. Don’t need your all sorts of DriverPack Solution 13, Driver Booster, and so on.

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They are of no benefit, but simply meaningless. Was really funny when I review a solid IT company sent my laptop and on the Desktop was a shortcut one such utility. Honestly, I wanted to write about this review, and shame, a technical service company. To the question, why do I need this utility, came the answer:”And suddenly you will fly operating system”.

Also I had complicated case with one such utility. I decided to experiment, what it gives and whether you need to use it. After downloading and installing the utility immediately asked me to update as much as 14!!!! drivers. Then it was even funnier. Once I had problems on an old laptop with USB 3.0 controller. I had to find a driver from Intel. But when I try to install it yourself, the utility warned me that can cause problems, up to the “blue screen of death”. This was too much. I just removed it, installed the driver quietly and , of course, I have no problems with it arose. This is my personal opinion about third-party tools, but everyone has the right to decide for themselves.

To summarize

Good news for Windows 10 users is actually what they need to do to update device drivers. The system will find and install the necessary driver for the hardware installed in your laptop or desktop computer. With rare exception you will have to manually through “device Manager” or from the manufacturer’s website, update drivers. It is very important to download the right driver from unknown resource, even if it is popular and offers for free the necessary file updates. Very often, these resources can be compromised and there may be virus file is update. Gamers should regularly take care of the relevance of the drivers for your video card by installing the application from the manufacturer.

Most importantly, remember that your actions depends on how to work your laptop or desktop PC. You decide that will download and install it.


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