Windows Update installs drivers which fit the best. However, they are not accurate every time. It is possible that an OEM driver or software can be better than what Microsoft has to offer. If you receive Windows has determined that the best driver for this device is already installed message when you try to update an old driver, here’s how to override or bypass it.
The best driver software is already installed
It is possible to bypass this action and install a driver that you think or OEM offers a better solution. But before we go ahead, here is what you should know. There can be multiple reasons why Windows does that. Driver compatibility, generic driver, and many other things.
If you receive Windows has determined that the best driver or software for this device is already installed message when you try to update an old driver, here’s how to override or bypass it. Before you begin, make sure you have the driver available on the computer.
- Open Device Manager using Win + X + M
- Locate the device, right-click on it, and then click on Update Driver
- It will open an update prompt where you have two options
- Search automatically for updated driver software
- Browse my computer for driver software.
- Select the second option, and then you can browse the driver. There is an additional option that allows you to pick up drivers available on the computer, but then do not use it.
- Once you select the driver, click on and confirm with the installation.
Windows will now use the driver, which you chose to select. You may get a warning if there is any compatibility issue which you can override if you wish.
Tip: You can also uninstall the driver, and Scan for hardware changes to start the process.
Make sure to create a restore point. The method allows you to override the best driver software that is already installed message on Windows 10.
Install Drivers not signed by Microsoft
If you have a driver that is not signed by Microsoft, but you know that it will work, then you can install it. However, to install it, you need to disable Driver signature enforcement. There are three ways of doing it:
- Use the Advanced Boot Menu
- Enable Test Signing Mode
- Disable Device Driver Signing.
Follow the post we linked above to install such drivers.
I hope this helps.