Windows 10 drivers: how to find, update or install a driver

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There are different methods for updating computer drivers and reinstalling them completely: all are relatively accessible and simple to implement. Be sure to follow the instructions specific to each process, in order to give you every chance of success.

Ideally, we recommend that you favor the installation of drivers manually, even if some software can do it for you. Indeed, this makes sure that you download the latest driver (and not an obsolete version), to give you every chance of having a really functional PC.

On the other hand it is not necessarily recommended to update its drivers. This should only be done if there is a problem with the security or operation of the computer. That is, if you find a bug or the manufacturer has included security patches in its driver.

What drivers should I install on my PC?

To begin with, in order to reinstall the various drivers on your computer, you need to know which ones to use. There are websites specializing in auto-detection of drivers that can help you find information about your hardware, but it is better to target only the one that is causing the problem.

To avoid bugs, we recommend that you search for the right driver yourself. Depending on the type of PC you use (branded PC already assembled, assembled PC) the method for finding your drivers is not the same. For example, software like Speccy will detect the hardware and display its characteristics.

Whether it's your motherboard or your graphics card, you may need to update the driver fairly regularly. To do this, you must understand the different categories of hardware (BIOS, graphics card, chipset, wireless connection, LAN, SATA, USB) and identify the download sources.

  • In practice: Finding drivers, BIOS updates, and manuals for hardware mounted in a PC

How to reinstall drivers automatically in Windows 10?

In order to reinstall your drivers and drivers, simply go to your "Device Manager". Then you access an interface that lists all your equipment, you can easily identify the elements that cause you problems and intervene on them automatically.

Windows offers you a tool to search for drivers online. Through it, via a simple right-click, you quickly know if the best drivers are already installed, or if you can update with a more recent version.

  • In practice: how to update or install a driver or driver automatically with Windows 10

How to install a driver manually in Windows 10?

To install or update a driver manually, you must first go to the device manager page, in order to check its operating status: sometimes the hardware is simply disabled, and that explains why there is a problem. .

There are several ways to find a driver: through your PC manufacturer's website, or through hardware identification solutions for a custom-built PC.

The installation then takes place quite simply, by executing the .exe files or by unzipping the .zip folders to find the file "setup.exe" or "instal.bat", "install.exe" or even "file.inf" . In case of compatibility concerns, you can also launch an installation in compatibility mode of another Windows.

  • In practice: Install or update a driver / driver manually (.exe, .zip)

As soon as you encounter a problem with a device or a bug in your PC suggests that the sound card or the video card may be at fault, always remember to open the device manager and see how you can intervene. to update the drivers.

In case of difficulty in identifying unrecognized hardware, a driver or driver not found, remember to seek the advice of volunteer users in the Hardware, Components and Peripherals support forums

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