When we buy a new computer, be it a laptop or a desktop computer, no matter how current it is, we have to update its drivers periodically using some programs or directly from the manufacturers’ website, then we will show you how you can download all the drivers of your computer .
With the arrival of Windows 10, the installation and updating of the computer’s drivers is much easier , since now most of the basic components of our computer are within the list of drivers or Windows 10 drivers, so they come pre-installed with the system.
Before entering the matter, we will tell you what a driver is, a driver or controller is a program or software that allows the operating system to communicate with peripherals . Many peripherals use generic drivers, but the vast majority have specific drivers to take advantage of the maximum performance of the peripheral, now let’s see how to download all the drivers of the equipment.
Driver Store Explorer lists, manages and removes your drivers in Windows
Install drivers in Windows 10 automatically without programs
As we have said before, Windows 10 has a large list of drivers available for most of the peripherals that we can have connected to our computer, and although they are not all or the specific ones, they are the basic ones to be able to start up a newly assembled computer.
To install the drivers for any device on your computer, you will have to follow these steps:
- The first thing to do will be to access the Windows Device Manager, to do this, press the Start key and search for “Device Manager” .
- In this window you will be able to see all the devices that we have installed on our computer, from screen adapters, such as mice, keyboards or speakers, among many others.
- To be able to update the drivers of each one of them, you will only have to select the component and click on it with the right button of the mouse .
- Now click on “Update driver” and Windows will automatically start looking for the latest driver available in Windows Update.
As we have said before, Windows does not have specific drivers for components such as mice, keyboards or graphics cards, which need dedicated drivers to obtain the maximum performance from the peripheral.
Surely more than once you have heard about third-party programs with which we can automatically install all the drivers on our computer , and although it is true, we must take special care with some of them since they can cause compatibility problems, but generally they work well, at least they help us to know the version of the driver we need and do it manually.
Download the drivers from the manufacturer’s website
One of the best ways to correctly install the drivers of our computer is also doing it manually, the problem that this entails to have some more advanced knowledge of the peripherals that we have in the computer installed.
The manual way is by visiting the official websites of each of the components that we have , such as, for example, the NVIDIA or AMD website for graphics cards, the websites of keyboards or mice to download the latest compatible drivers, or the page the computer manufacturer to update the BIOS.
Each website has a section called “Support” or “Drivers” in which we will have to specify which product we have from the manufacturer in order to correctly download the drivers for the peripheral in question, once downloaded we will have to install them.
Let’s take an example, we want to download the drivers for the NVIDIA GTX 1660 graphics card, for this we will go to the NVIDIA website and click on “Drivers”. A box like this will appear.
In it we will have to add all the information of our graphics card to find the latest drivers compatible with it:
- Product Type: GeForce.
- Product Series: GeForce 16 Series (all NVIDIA driver searches are done with the first two numbers of the graphics card).
- Product family: GeForce GTX 1660
- Operating system: Windows 10 64-bit
- Download type: Game Ready driver (we will always choose this type of driver).
This is the correct way to find a driver on the NVIDIA website , but on the rest of the websites it is the same, even easier, because some components such as audio cards only need a single product version to download the latest drivers such as this is the case with Realtek audio drivers.
There are many manufacturers that have software that once we install it on our computer, it keeps the component drivers updated, such as NVIDIA GeForce Experience, AMD Radeon Software, among others, in order to keep our equipment up to date without headaches.
So this is the way that exists to download, install and update all the drivers available for our computer and thus be up to date on the software that enhances our components to get the most out of them.