Very often we are required to update our Graphics Drivers manually. While Windows Update will update your computer system including the Device Drivers automatically, or the software updaters of your graphics hardware will inform you when updates are available, there may be a time when you may have to, on your own, update your systems video and graphic drivers, if you are facing issues like Laptop screen brightness flickering or if you wish to get better performance out of your Windows 10/8/7 system.
How to update Graphics Drivers
In Windows 10, you can now run Windows Updates and see if any driver updates are available under Optional Updates. It’s a quicker and easier way.
To use the Device Manager, click on the Start button to open the WinX Menu and select Device Manager. Expand Display adapters to see your graphics card details. In my case below, you will see an Intel as well as an NVIDIA GeForce entry. This means that my laptop switches between these two hardware depending on the need.
So I need to update Inter(R) HD Graphics family as well as NVIDIA GeForce card drivers. You can right-click on them and select Update Driver Software to update the drivers. This post will show you in detail how to uninstall, disable, roll-back or update Device Drivers.
Your computer will scan for available updates and download and install them automatically.
Once the Graphic Driver is installed, you will be informed and ask to restart your PC.
Restart your computer, and your driver will be updated!
There is another way to update NVIDIA GeForce drivers. Type GeForce in Start search and select GeForce experience. After this NVIDIA GeForce experience app is launched, you can right-click on its system tray icon and select Check for updates.
If updates are available, you will see a popup notification to this effect.
Click on it, and NVIDIA GeForce experience UI will open. Clicking on the green Download driver button will commence its download and installation.
This should give you a smooth experience.
- In Windows 10, version 1909 and earlier, Windows installs the highest-ranking driver from Windows Update, regardless of whether it is classified as Automatic or Manual.
- Starting in Windows 10 version 2004, Windows only searches the local computer. When it fails to find a driver, Device Manager shows a button labeled Search for updated drivers on Windows Update, which opens the Settings app to the Windows Update page. To find this button, right-click a device and select Properties. On the Driver tab, select Update Driver and then Search automatically for drivers.
Note: If you are using the latest version of NVIDIA GeForce experience then you may be asked to log in with your Facebook or Google account which can be pretty irritating and time-consuming as they ask for additional information, access to your Facebook/Google account and email verification.
There is yet another way, and that is to search for driver downloads for your system on the internet and then search for the driver’s name on the site. I have given a few links below for your ready reference. You may visit your computer manufacturer’s website, or you may visit the graphics hardware manufacturers site:
Some of you may want to use free Driver Update software or tools like AMD Driver Autodetect, Intel Driver Update Utility or Dell Update utility to update your device drivers. NV Updater will keep NVIDIA Graphic Card Driver updated.
Hope this helps!
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