Update Drivers in Windows 11
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How To Update Drivers in Windows 11

In this article, we will learn how to update drivers in Windows 11. Everything you want to know about keeping your system drivers updated in Windows 11. A driver permits the Pc to effectively interact with hardware or a peripheral. If you open the Device Manager application, you would find drivers for the network, graphic card, Bluetooth, external headset, and some other devices.

To Update Drivers in Windows 11

First, if the current drives are working just fine, then we don’t need to update them. The installed drivers on your system are all tried, tested and would be most suitable for the PC. Therefore, it’s recommended you do no need to update them unless you found any issues with the current version.

Are not Drivers Updated Automatically

Whenever we connect a device to the computer, the Windows will automatically download the valid driver for devices, though in some cases, you will need to manually install it. Devices drivers are normally automatically updated when we Windows update, however, the process is not that simple.

To update drivers with Windows Update, hold the Windows+I key to launch Windows Settings.

In the Windows settings, scroll down select Windows Update, and then select Advanced options.

Check for Windows updates

Select the Optional updates under the Additional options.

Advanced options optional updates

The driver updates will be listed here, Select the checkbox for the driver you want to install and then select the Download and install button.

Optional updates driver updates

It will download, and install select update driver on the Windows Update page in Settings. You might get a pop-up after the updates are installed, restart the system for the update to fully come into effect.

How to Update Drivers via Device Manager in Windows 11

We can update the drivers using the Device Manager. In the Device Manager, we can update the driver, uninstall the device, view the driver properties, or rollback driver update. Here, we can see how to update the driver in the Device Manager.

Click on the search button, type Device Manager in the search box, and then select the relevant search result to launch it.

Search device manager

Device Manager Window, find the required device, right-click on it, and then click on Update Driver.

Device manager update driver

Click On Search automatically for the driver’s option, Windows will search for the best available driver and then install it on your system.

Search for update drivers

After selecting this option, Windows will find up a better driver and then install it on your system. Follow the instructions to complete the process. In this case, Windows doesn’t find any update.

Your driver are already installed

Select Browse my computer for drivers, it will permit you to browse the system, select the available driver and manually install it.

Browse my computer for drivers

Select the Browse button, find the driver on the computer drive, and install it. You can also select Let me pick from a list of available drivers on the system.

Browse for drivers on your computer

All the compatible drivers will be listed here. Select the driver that you want to install and then select the Next bottom.

Update drivers show compatible drivers

it can fix issues with the currently installed driver.

Update drivers gigabit network

Manually Download and Update the Driver using Device Manager

If your system Windows is unable to find the updated version of the driver, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t one available. Several manufacturers release drivers on their official website and these drivers might not be available through Windows Update.

How to Find the Current Driver Version

Open the Device Manager, track the required device, right-click on it and then select Properties.

Device manager

Select the Driver tab and then you can find the driver version.

Intel driver network connection properties

Now you can search on the web with your Computer Model, operating system, and driver name from the manufacturer’s official website.

Note: The below picture is of the HP official website. If you use a system from a different manufacturer, then visit the website according to your computer.

Software and driver for HP site

After downloading the driver, go to your Downloads folder and then double-click on the downloaded driver file to launch the installer.

Written by Jamil Parvez

Jamil Pervez works as a Network Administrator, based in Kuwait with a Primary focus on Microsoft technologies. Microsoft Certified MCSE, MCTP, MCITP, CCNP, CCIP, CCVP with 18 years experience in administering Windows Servers, Exchange, VMWare, Veeam B&R, Veritas BackupExec.

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