3 ways to update drivers on Windows 10 and why it’s important to keep them updated

Shaant Minhas

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Updated December 6, 2022.

You can update drivers on Windows 10 without any difficulties, either manually or through the automatic update. But, before diving into the nitty-gritty of driver updates, let’s quickly go over why you might want to bother with upgrades at all.

First of all, driver updates on Windows 10, like other updates released by Microsoft, are a necessary wall against new malware, which pops up in the technology world time and time again. The second reason to keep your Windows drivers updated is to fix any bugs that arise on your machine, especially when installing and using new apps on Windows.

Understanding how important driver updates are, let’s take a look at how to update them.

#1. Update drivers on Windows 10 with Device Manager

To manually update the Windows driver, you’ll need to use Device Manager. Follow the steps below to get started:

  1. Click Start or Search bar and type “device manager” and click on Device Manager.
  2. Select the specific category of driver that you’d like to update.
  3. Right-click on the driver, and select Update driver.update drivers on windows 10
  4. Click Search automatically for drivers.

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As you can see in my case, the best device drivers have already been installed and so, Windows can’t install anything new. But if Windows finds new drivers, they will be updated in a few seconds. Click Search for updated drivers on Windows Update to see if Microsoft has a driver for your device.

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#2. Update drivers via Windows Update

Another approach to manually update your drivers on Windows 10 by using Windows Update. To get started, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Windows Settings.
  2. Select Update & Security > Windows Update.
  3. Now, click on View optional updates.
  4. Navigate to the Driver updates tab.
  5. Check the driver that you want to update and click on Download and install.

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Your new driver updates will be installed in a few seconds with the help of Windows Update.

#3. Update your Windows 10 device drivers through the Manufacturer’s Website

Many times when there’s a new update, it might take some time for it to arrive at Microsoft. On rare occasions, you might even have to wait for a good while. If that’s the case with you too, then you can update your drivers directly through the manufacturer’s website.

For instance, I am rolling with an HP laptop at present, and if I needed to update the drivers, I’ll have to head to the drivers’ section on HP’s website. From there, the updates can be easily downloaded and installed.

Depending on the driver(s) that you want to update, all you have to do is go to the update section of your manufacturer’s website and proceed with the download.

Keep your drivers updated on Windows 10

And that’s how you can update your device drivers without any hassles. As we’ve said above, keeping your drivers updated is one of the surefire ways to keep them protected from outside threats, as well as from random bugs. We hope you were able to update your drivers through one of these methods.