How to update drivers in Windows 11

If you notice that the connector connected to your PC is not working properly, or some part of your PC is not working, you need to change the drivers.

Drivers are one of the most critical parts of Windows 11. They are the powerhouse of your laptop and any PC. A driver is a piece of Windows software that helps your PC communicate with something it might be connected to. This can be a display, USB drive, keyboard, or trackpad.

Sometimes, however, when you download and reinstall Windows 11, you may encounter problems with drivers. Although often, when you connect a device to your PC, there is a chance that there is no driver, and it does not work properly. In these cases, you need to update your driver, or install it manually. There are three ways, through Windows Update, your OEM website, or through Device Manager. We will also explain how to uninstall the drivers, you also need to be an administrator to go through the steps in this guide.

How to install and update drivers via Windows Update

In most cases, if you’re having problems with drivers, Windows Update is the place to go. Just like you see in monthly security updates, Windows will use Windows Update as a way to get the latest drivers for your PC, as distributed by the company that made your device.

  1. Open the Windows 11 Settings app with Windows Key and I.
  2. Select Windows Update.
  3. Click the Check for Updates button. Windows will check for updates.
  4. You should see a list of drivers appear, Windows will download them one by one. If prompted, click Download to download.
  5. In some cases, you can also view driver updates and other updates if you choose. In this case, you can click Advanced Options and select Change Options. Then select Driver Updates, then click Download and install.
  6. If the driver does not download, try the Try button again.
  7. When you’re ready, Windows will prompt you to install the driver again.
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How to install and update drivers from the OEM website

If Windows Update doesn’t show you the driver you think your PC needs, you can manually download and install the driver by visiting your PC’s OEM website. The OEM is the manufacturer of your PC, such as Dell, Lenovo, HP, etc. You can visit your OEM’s support websites and search for your device model to find the right drivers.

As an example, we are using HP. The steps should be the same for other OEMs, too. But in any case, you should download the drivers first, preferably from an official source and not from a third-party website.

  1. Go to your OEM’s support page. If you can’t find it, we recommend that you go to Google to find your OEM’s support page.
  2. Select your product, enter your serial number, or activate the diagnostic software distributed by your OEM.
  3. Select your product to confirm.
  4. When prompted, select the version of Windows your device is running.
  5. Find the driver you want, and select Download.
  6. Once the file is downloaded, double-click it to launch and install it. If double-clicking the file does nothing, go to the next step to install it manually.

How to update graphics drivers

Also important is updating the graphics drivers on Windows. Graphics drivers are something you’ll want to update yourself because you’ll get the latest updates than what OEM or Windows Update can provide. Our guide to updating graphics drivers has more information, but a condensed version is below.

  1. For Intel systems, use the Intel Driver and Support Assistant. Or manually download the drivers from their website by downloading, double-clicking, and installing.
  2. For AMD systems, use the AMD download center on the screen, and select the appropriate tool. To download manually, select your device, download the file, and double-click to open it.
  3. To update NVIDIA graphics, use the NVIDIA GeForce Experience software. To download manually, use the Nvidia download site.
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How to update drivers via Device Manager

Finally, we will discuss how to update and install drivers via Device Manager. There are both automatic and manual methods here. In most cases, a standalone solution should solve most problems. But if this doesn’t work, you can manually update the driver. Here’s what to do.

  1. Right-click on the Start Menu and select Device Manager.
  2. Let the list grow.
  3. Expand each group, and check for any errors. The driver will have a red (X) sign to indicate the driver is missing. Drivers that need to be updated, or your attention will be yellow (!).
  4. To update the driver automatically, right-click on it and select Update Driver. Then select Search automatically for drivers. Often the driver is replaced. But if not, you will be prompted to go to Windows Update.
  5. To update the driver manually, right-click it, and select Browse My Computer for drivers. Next, go to the driver you may have downloaded in the previous step and click Next. Windows will install it.

If another driver is giving you a problem, you can uninstall it and try installing it again. This can be done by right-clicking on the driver and selecting Uninstall device. You can also select Disable device if you want to disable it. As always, it’s a good idea to select Scan for hardware updates to check for any changes, then follow the steps above to test your drivers for proper operation.

If you are looking for additional Windows 11 tips, you may also be interested in how to use and manage multiple monitors. Or if you have changed your PC, you can learn more about how to start Windows. And you want to have the latest and greatest versions of Windows 11? You can see how to get the latest version of Windows 11.

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