Windows 11 allows you to install Drivers; here is how you can update Graphics, Audio and other Drivers on Windows 11.
With the help of a driver, a computer can communicate effectively with peripherals or hardware. You will find drivers for graphics cards, Bluetooth peripherals, keyboards, speakers, headphones, and others if you have ever launched Microsoft’s Device Manager application. Besides the above list of drivers, there are a variety of others that are useful to understand the concept.
When people are asked about updating their drivers, they often express reluctance. Thus, let us understand how Windows 11 functions after updating the drivers.
Why do you care about Drivers on Windows 11?
You don’t need to update your current drive set if it’s working well. There are tested and proven drivers installed on your computer, so these would be the best fit. So, unless you experience problems with the current version, it’s recommended that you do not update them.
On the other hand, there may be times when updating the driver enhances its performance, as with Graphics Drivers which are used while playing video games. Many times, a driver update may be necessary to resolve an error. Updates to the driver are only viable in these scenarios.
Drivers are Updated Automatically is true; partially
Windows will almost always automatically download and install the device’s driver if the device is connected to the system, although in some cases, you will also have to manually install it. Let’s talk about drivers that need to be updated. Windows update usually updates drivers, but the process is not too straightforward.
Only Microsoft-verified drivers will be installed by Windows Update. Microsoft does not receive the drivers from some manufacturers because they only upload them to their website. You would have to manually download and install the latest version if your computer was unable to get the latest updates through Windows Update.
Which Drivers Should I Update?
Hardware and peripheral drivers are separate categories in the drivers on your system. A graphic card driver, network card, or a disc driver falls into the former category, while a keyboard, mouse, or speaker driver falls under the latter category.
The performance of the system is optimized when the hardware drivers are kept updated. As well as the enhancements in terms of security, with each update, new ones are added as well.
If you do not encounter an error, you do not need to update the peripheral drivers unless they are severely defective. It is possible for drivers to become incompatible and cause performance problems.
We’re going to walk you through the process of updating drivers once you understand the concept. Driver updates can be automatic or installed manually.
How to Update Drivers with Windows Update
For efficient system operation, Windows Update installs the latest drivers on the system. In the category of optional updates, these driver updates are included.
The WINDOWS key is used to open the ‘Start Menu’; search for ‘Windows Update Settings’, click on the relevant search result, and you will find Windows Update ready to use.
You will find four options under the ‘Windows Update’ settings. Click on ‘Advanced options. You can choose between four options in the ‘Windows Update’ settings.
Select ‘Optional updates’ under ‘Additional options’. Under ‘Additional options,’ choose ‘Optional updates’.
Updates for drivers are listed here. To install the driver, select its checkbox. In the final step, click the ‘Download and install button. (Since I don’t any anything left to install, it’s showing no optional updates available at this time).
Driver installation and download progress can be viewed from Windows Update. Depending on your computer, you may get a prompt as soon as you install the updates. The updates will take full effect once your computer has been restarted.
Windows 11; How to Update Drivers through Device Manager
Using the ‘Device Manager’ is another option for updating drivers. With the Device Manager, you can see and control all of your connected peripherals and hardware devices. Besides viewing driver properties, you can also update the driver, uninstall the device, or roll back the driver update. Within Device Manager, we’ll address the ‘Update drivers’ option.
To launch Device Manager, first search for it in the ‘Start Menu’ and then click on the search result.
Select ‘Update driver’ in the context menu of the ‘Device Manager’ by right-clicking the device.
Within the ‘Update Drivers’ window, you have two options. Each has been handled separately. Windows will begin finding the most suitable driver for your computer as soon as you select the first option.
Selecting this option will make Windows lookup and install a better driver. Completing the process involves following the directions on the screen. The best drivers have already been installed if there is no such update found by Windows.
The manufacturer’s website and Windows Update may have an updated version of the driver; both have been discussed herein cases when the system does not locate the updated driver.
- You can browse your system and choose a driver to manually install by selecting the second option.
- Locate the driver on your computer by clicking the ‘Browse’ button. Install it by clicking the button. You can also display your system’s drivers that are compatible with the selected device once you select the ‘Let Me Choose from My Computer’ option.
- When you select a device driver, all of them will be displayed. You must click on ‘Next’ at the bottom of the page once you have selected the program to install.
- You will be notified when the driver has been installed. A driver update is different from this process. The current driver version may not be ideal for your computer, but it will fix any problems the current driver has.
- You can update drivers with Windows 11’s Device Manager by doing the following. As well as updating the drivers, you can also update the other components of the system.
Windows 11 lets you update Graphics Drivers Automatically
Drivers for your graphics card are crucial because they allow the system to interface with your graphics card. It ensures smooth graphics and no glitches. Update your Graphics Driver if you experience problems with your graphics.
All three methods previously discussed can be used to update the Graphics Driver on your computer. To perform a manual update, you need to identify the GPU driver version.
Manually Update the Graphics Driver
The manufacturer’s website is always available to get the latest NVIDIA or AMD driver if Windows couldn’t find one. According to the manufacturer, they usually post the driver updates directly on their official websites instead of submitting them to Microsoft. There are times when Windows Update may not be able to release and install the newer version, as well as when manual updating can help fix issues and optimize system performance.
Identifying the current version of a driver is the first step to getting a newer one. Select ‘Properties’ from the context menu when you right-click on the driver. Windows Update might not be able to update it automatically, and manual updating can help if the problem persists.
These are the official website of the popular Graphics Drivers.
- Intel Graphics Driver (Intel HD Graphics)
- Nvidia Graphics Driver (RTX 3060 etc)
- AMD Graphics Driver (Radeon)
Get the latest driver for your computer by finding the one compatible with your machine and downloading it. Double-click the newly downloaded driver to launch the setup, and then follow the on-screen directions to finish the installation.