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How to update drivers in Windows 10

This guide on how to update drivers in Windows 10 will keep your system working properly. Keeping your drivers up-to-date is an essential piece of maintaining your PC, and it is definitely not something to be neglected.

Drivers are essentially pieces of software that help other programs or hardware accessories work properly with your computer. Keeping them up-to-date is essential to ensure that your device runs smoothly and that programs, applications and accessories do not experience problems.

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Often times, if you have trouble running certain apps on your device, the drivers may be out of date. That problem can cause compatibility issues.

Updating drivers is not just about functionality, it can also be a security risk not to update them regularly. Often manufacturers and developers will fix security flaws in driver updates, so if you don’t take the time to make sure you’re running the latest version, you could be exposed to serious problems down the road.

Windows 10 is pretty good at automatically updating drivers in the background, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to keep an eye on things to make sure you’re up to date. If you are not sure how to update drivers in Windows 10, just follow the guide below:

1. Search for Device Manager in the search bar.

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Next to the Windows icon, in the lower left corner of the toolbar, there is a search bar. Just type ‘Device Manager’ in this field and then open the program when it appears. Alternatively, you can locate it through the Start menu, but searching for it directly is significantly faster.

2. Select a device to update

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Once you open Device Manager, you will see a long list of various categories. Select a category to view the devices it contains, locate the device or accessory for which you want to update drivers.

3. Right-click on the selected device and press Update Driver

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Now that you have found the device you want to update in Device Manager, right click on it and a window will appear. In this window, you will have several options, one of which will be ‘Update Driver’, click on this option and your device will start to check if it has the latest updates installed.

4. Select an option to search for a driver.

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Unless you have downloaded a driver directly, “Search for drivers automatically” is the best option. Hopefully this will give you the driver option you are looking for.

5. Also check Windows Update (optional)

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If such a driver is not available, you will be presented with an option to search through Windows Update, but it is not that useful. You are sent to that section of Windows 10 with little guidance on what to do next.

6. Uninstall a device driver (optional)

If you want to do the opposite and instead of updating a drive you want to roll back the updates, follow the same steps outlined above, but when you get to step three, instead of hitting ‘Update Driver’ after right-clicking, select ‘Uninstall driver’ instead of. You should restart your PC after doing this, and you should only do it if you have a genuine reason, as it can lead to hardware problems.

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