How to Update Drivers In Windows 11

How to Update Drivers In Windows 11

If a hardware device around your Windows 11 PC needs a new or updated driver, such as a USB controller, video card, printer, or other peripheral, you can usually easily install it.

How to update drivers in Windows 11

Here’s how to update drivers in Windows 11.

  • It is not necessary to update your hardware drivers in Windows 11 before starting the driver update.
  • In general, do not update drivers to solve problems because of conflicts or errors in the graphics driver or some peripherals.
  • Unnecessary updates for nothing can actually cause problems.

The description below is based on Windows 11, but there is no big difference between Windows 11 and Windows 10, but there may be differences in the way you access some menus.

How to safely update drivers

When updating drivers, it is important to keep many drivers up to date automatically through ‘Windows Update’, which is built into Windows 11.

  • So if you have a small but necessary update for common components like the touchpad or USB controller on your laptop, you don’t need to worry about it, as Windows will usually update it automatically the next time you update your PC.
  • Also, on Windows Update, some drivers are marked as ‘Optional Updates’. We do not recommend installing these updates unless you are trying to fix existing problems with your device.
  • However, we recommend checking for an option update if you have any issues.

Here’s how to do a ‘selective update’:

(There are no drivers included with Windows Update for Optional Updates, see the next section in this case.)

  • Press Windows+i keys to open settings.
  • Click ‘Windows Update’ in the sidebar of Settings, then select ‘Advanced Options’.
  • In Advanced Options, scroll down and click ‘Selective Updates’.
  • Click to expand the optional ‘Update Driver’, tick next to the driver you want to update and click ‘Download and Install’.
  • When the selected driver is installed, it may be necessary to reboot the PC from time to time. After reboot, the updated drive is available.

Update manually

You may need to update devices such as graphics cards that are not supported by Windows Update.

In this case, it is best to find the official website of the device manufacturer.

  • It is worth noting that there are many scam driver sites that install malware instead of drivers.
  • If the process of finding a driver on the manufacturer’s official website is difficult, it is also a good way to download and install ‘3DP Chip’ and use it.
  • When 3dp chip is installed, it can be easily used when installing drivers, updating drivers, checking system specifications, such as graphics cards connected to the PC, mouse, keyboard, main board, sound card, and other drives.
  • For GPU drivers from NVIDIA, AMD, or Intel, the driver updater sometimes installs utilities such as GeForce Experience to enable faster driver updates in the future.
  • This program allows you to update your GPU drivers from trusted sources when new games are released.

Manual driver update via device manager

Finally, you can also use Device Manager to switch or update drivers for specific devices on your Windows 11 PC. However, most users do not need to do this.

  • Enter ‘Device Manager’ in the Windows search bar (shortcut key: win + S) and click ‘Device Manager’ in the search results to run it.
  • Find the device for which you want to update the driver, right-click on the driver and select Update Driver.

At this point, in the Update Driver window, you have two options. I’ll explain both below, but first let’s take a look at what each option does.

  • Search for drivers automatically: If you select this option, Windows will search for a compatible driver and install it automatically.
  • Browse for driver on computer: This option allows you to manually specify the location of the new driver to be installed. This can be done if you have already downloaded the driver from the manufacturer’s website, or if you want to install the driver from a CD. This is convenient when there is no installed program or does not operate normally.