Updating Your Graphics Card Driver (Windows)

Introduction: Updating Your Graphics Card Driver (Windows)

Navigation through the settings on a computer is often times very confusing and frustrating when something isn't functioning properly when and how it needs to be. With technology, there is always something new and improved coming out, and it's important to keep what you have up to date. Being able to make sure that a computer is up to date is one of the most important pieces in troubleshooting problems. In this guide, I will be walking through how to make sure that a driver on any piece of computer hardware is up to date and if it's not, how to update it.

Often times manufacturers will come out with new updates on a specific piece of computer hardware, the most common driver update include graphics card driver updates. These drivers allow the graphics card to run smoothly without any hiccups, but often times there is driver updates and the manufacturer will not notify you when these are released so it's always a good idea to make sure they are every once in a while. The things you will need is a keyboard and mouse, a monitor or TV to hook your computer up too, and lastly the computer itself.

Step 1: Getting Started.

The first thing to do is to left mouse click the windows icon in the bottom left corner on the taskbar or where it is located on the display, once that is up, type in device manager and click enter on the keyboard. After this make sure that all of the computer hardware is listed and present. This window allows the user to select the piece of hardware that he or she is using and modify the properties is they so choose to.

Step 2: Selecting Which Hardware You Want to Update.

Now that the device manager is open and we are able to see the hardware, go down to in this case display adapters and select the arrow over to see which hardware is available. If nothing is appearing, then right click on display adapter and click scan for hardware changes. This will scan for anything that is currently undetected in the system. If nothing appears after this has been done, then another troubleshooting method require out of this guide.

Step 3: Beginning the Update.

After you have opened the display adapters in the device manager we will then want to right click the piece of hardware that you would like to update and click on update driver. Once this has been selected it will ask you to search automatically or to search your computer. Unless the driver has been downloaded from the manufacturer's website, select search automatically. This will then search the Internet for a driver update for that hardware.

Step 4: Finishing the Update.

Lastly, once we have selected search automatically if there is a driver available for an update they will automatically be downloaded and installed. Thus completing this guide, but if there are issues with finding a driver and there is a new one then visit the manufacturer's website and download the new driver and start back at step three. I have also added a video at the beginning to help anyone who may still have questions. Hope this guide was helpful!

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