The best ways to update drivers for graphics cards, motherboards, and anything else in your PC.
Drivers sometimes feel like a headache. It is not always clear how to update drivers, especially because of faulty sites that entice users to download malware and viruses that are harmful to your computer. One of the first proper ways to know about driver updates is to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.
In this guide, we’ll show you how to update common types of drivers. , And some general tips for dealing with whatever issues may arise. The guide is geared toward gaming PC but most of it applies to any
How to update Nvidia drivers
If your computer has an Nvidia GeForce graphics card, you are sure to want to keep the drivers up-to-date. New releases often include performance improvements for new games or fixes caused by Windows updates.
There used to be a tool called Nvidia Update located in the Nvidia control panel, but with the advent of the GeForce experience, this option has been removed. When you set up Nvidia drivers, the Nvidia control panel is installed automatically, but you will need to update drivers through a GeForce experience or download the driver manually from the Nvidia website. Have to do.
To update from the GeForce Experience Launcher, log in (create if you don’t already have an account), click the ‘Drivers tab’ in the top left, then ‘Check for updates’ on the right. The advantage of having GeForce experience installed on your PC is that it will automatically check for updates and alert you if a new driver is available.
But if you don’t like the idea of logging into the GeForce every time you don’t need to install a driver update, you can go to Nvidia’s driver’s page to manually download the latest available driver version.
Something else to consider is the option to ‘clean install’ the drivers, which is an option on both AMD and Nvidia installers when choosing the custom installation option.
Finally, if you are switching GPU brand, or if you run into other problems and just want to clean your system, our GPU guru Jarred has completed the whole process with any AMD, Intel and/or Nvidia GPU driver. It is recommended to use the Display Driver Uninstaller to delete them. your system. Sometimes this is the only way to be sure. (Be careful to click the “official download here” link and do not click the “update display driver” button, as it is not what we are doing later.)
How to update AMD drivers
Similar to Nvidia’s drivers, AMD graphics drivers automatically check for updates in the background and alert you when anything is available. Manually see how to update (and how to install it):
- Right-click on the Windows desktop and choose ‘AMD Radeon Settings’ from the menu.
- Click the ‘Update’ button at the bottom-left of the window.
- Click on the ‘Check for updates’ box.
If an update is available, you will see all available versions. AMD sometimes releases optional updates for those who want the latest and greatest, but most people should stick to ‘recommended’ drivers. Click ‘Recommended’, then choose ‘Express Upgrade’.
If you can’t get the Radeon settings to show up at all, then something may be corrupted with your drivers. To fix this, simply go to AMD’s help website and download the appropriate drivers for your graphics card. A fresh install should resolve any issues you are experiencing.
If you experience any strange or underperformance, this may be a better option. And the DDU is always there if you need to take out the sledgehammer.
How to update drivers for peripherals (mice, keyboards, etc.)
Most keyboards, mice, microphones, controllers, and so on using the same generic USB interface for communication, so they usually do not require any additional drivers out of the box (and the generic driver by Windows Update Are controlled).
However, if you purchase an accessory designed to perform customizations such as mice or keyboards with additional buttons, you may need the appropriate desktop software for the accessory. There should be some clue on the accessory box or product page about which application is required for full functionality, but here are some examples:
- Logitech Gaming Software: To customize controls, lights, and more for many Logitech ‘G’ gaming products.
- Logitech Options: Logitech’s configuration tool for many non-gaming mice, keyboards and other accessories.
- Corsair issue: Change lighting effects, keyboard macros, and more for many Corsair products.
- Razor Syncap: An integrated configuration tool for razor accessories, laptops, keyboards, and more.
How to update everything else
The built-in Windows Update service on your PC generally keeps most of your drivers up so far within the background. Unless you employ a distinct segment device that does not offer updates through Windows Update, you always do not have to stress about keeping drivers up so far.
To check for any updates for your PC, including driver updates, follow these steps: