After installing Windows 10 from scratch, and sometimes after updating from a previous version of Windows, you may need to locate and install the latest drivers for your computer's hardware.
Because Windows 10 is one of Microsoft's newest operating systems, manufacturers regularly release compatible drivers.
Never Updated a Windows 10 Driver Before? See How to Update Drivers in Windows for a full tutorial. A free driver updater software tool is another option you might want to consider, especially if you're new to this.
Two different versions of many drivers are available, both a32-bit and 64-bitversion. Make sure you install the correct one based on which version of Windows 10 you have installed!
Acer (Notebooks, Tablets, Desktops)
Any Windows 10 drivers by Acer, for your Acer computer, are available via the Acer Drivers & Manuals page.
Just search for your Acer PC model and then select Windows 10 from theOperating Systemdrop-down box.
If your Acer computer model does not have any Windows 10 drivers available, especially if itislisted on the Acer Windows 10 Upgrade page, don't worry - it just means that the drivers Microsoft includes with Windows 10 probably work just fine.
Most Acer tablets, notebooks, and desktops that worked well with Windows 8 and Windows 7 will work just fine with Windows 10. If you do have issues, check Acer'sDrivers & Manualspage regularly for new drivers.
AMD Radeon Driver (Video)
The latest AMD Radeon Windows 10 driver is v22.40.33.01 of the RadeonSoftware Adrenalin 23.2.2 Suite (released 2023-02-22). The same version works with Windows 11.
These drivers are also called the AMD Catalyst Drivers, and they include everything you need for your AMD/ATI video card to work in Windows 10.
Most AMD/ATI Radeon HD GPUs are supported in Windows 10 with these drivers, including those in the R9, R7, and R5 series, plus others. This includes both desktop and mobile GPUs.
ASUS Drivers (Desktops, Laptops, and Motherboards)
Windows 10 drivers for ASUS desktops, laptops, and motherboards can be downloaded via ASUS Support.
Choose your product series and model, select Driver & Utility, and then filter the download links by your operating system—Windows 10 in this case.
ASUS did a fantastic job of making it easy to find out how compatible your motherboard is with Windows 10 with their Ready for Windows 10 page.
BIOSTAR Drivers (Motherboards & Graphics)
BIOSTAR doesn't keep a list of Windows 10 compatible motherboards or graphics cards, but you can find any driver they do provide via BIOSTAR Support. On that page, you can search for your model number or filter by your motherboard's features.
Expect most motherboards that work fine in Windows 8 to work equally fine in Windows 10, especially if you're using Microsoft's default drivers.
Canon (Printers & Scanners)
Canon provides Windows 10 drivers for a number of their printers, scanners, and multi-function devices via Canon Support.
Locate your product using the wizard on the screen, select Software & Drivers on the product's page, and then filter by Operating System for Windows 10.
If you're just curious about Windows 10 compatibility for your Canon printer or another device, they put together a really easy-to-use Canon Windows Compatibility tool.
If you didn't see your Canon device on the other list, check out the Canon Windows 10 Upgrade page, which lists every model that isn't supported on Windows 10.
Don't worry if your device is on that list—Microsoftprobablysupports your printer or scanner naively (i.e., with their own basic drivers). That or the Windows 8 driver already available from Canon will also work for Windows 10.
Creative Sound Blaster Drivers (Audio)
Select Sound Blasters on the company's support page. Scroll down until you find your sound card name or model number. Choose the product, and you'll see download links to the most recent Creative Sound Blaster drivers for Windows 10.
If you can't find your Creative hardware anywhere on this page, please know that Microsoft's default Windows 10 audio drivers willprobablywork, but there's no guarantee.
Other Creative-made devices are listed on the main page, too, with their respective Windows 10 compatibility details including speakers, headphones, and amplifiers.
Dell Drivers (Desktops, Laptops, Tablets & Printers)
Dell provides Windows 10 drivers for their desktop and laptop computers via their Drivers & Downloadspage. Enter your Dell PC Service Tag or Express Service Code, browse for your device manually, or choose to Download & Install SupportAssist for the automated process.
Once you've found the Dell device you want Windows 10 drivers for, select it and then chooseWindows 10 from the Operating System menu.
Most newer Alienware, Inspiron, XPS, Vostro, Latitude, Optiplex, and Precision branded Dell computers work great in Windows 10.
Many Dell printer drivers for Windows 10 are also available from the same download page. Dell also keeps an updated Windows 10 and Windows 11 Compatibility with Dell Printers page that should be very helpful if you already know your Dell printer model number.
Printers are listed as either having web package availability (you can download Dell-made drivers via Drivers & Downloads), CD availability (drivers for this printer were included on the installation disc that came with the printer), or Windows Update availability (Microsoft included the best drivers for this printer in Windows 10, or they'll be downloaded via Windows Update when you connect the printer).
Most Dell color and black-and-white, laser and inkjet printers are supported in Windows 10 via one of those methods.
Gateway Drivers (Notebooks & Desktops)
Windows 10 drivers for Gateway PCs can be had via Gateway's Drivers & Downloads page on their website.
A complete list of computers that Gateway will support on Windows 10 can be found on their Windows 10 Creator Update page.
Some NE series Gateway notebooks are listed, as are some DX and SX series desktop computers.
HP Drivers (Laptops, Tablets, Desktops & Printers)
HP provides Windows 10 drivers for many of their tablet, laptop, and desktop computers via their HP Software & Driver Downloads page. You can also find printer drivers here.
There isn't an easy-to-reference list of HP computers that work well with Windows 10, like with some other computer makers, but HP does provide some help.
Head to HP's Identify Your Product page and enter your computer's product number in the field provided, and then select Submit.
Don't know where your HP product number is? Check the sticker on the back of your desktop or under your tablet or laptop. If your sticker is worn out, execute CTRL+ALT+S on HP desktop PCs, or FN+ESC on HP notebooks and it'll pop up on the screen.
Intel Chipset "Drivers" (Intel Motherboards)
The latest Intel Chipset Windows driver for Windows 10 is version 10.1.18793 (Released 2021-06-30).
Intel Chipset drivers aren't "drivers" in the typical sense—they're just a collection of informational updates for the operating system (Windows 10 in this case) that help it properly identify motherboard-integrated hardware that it's probably already working with just fine.
Motherboards by any manufacturer with Atom, Celeron, Pentium, 9 Series, Core M, and 2/3/4 Generation Intel Core chipsets are all supported.
Visit Intel's download center for more information.
Intel Drivers (Motherboards, Graphics, Network, Etc.)
Windows 10 drivers for Intel-manufactured hardware, like graphics chipsets, network hardware, etc., can all be found via the Intel Download Center.
From the Download Center, search for the Intel hardware by name, or use theSelect Your Producttool. On the search results page, filter by download type if that helps, and then filter by theOperating System.
Intel also has an automated tool, Intel Driver & Support Assistant, that helps you get drivers for your Intel hardware.
Lenovo (Desktops and Laptops)
Windows 10 drivers for your Lenovo computer can all be found via Lenovo Support.
Computers that have been tested in Windows 10 can be found on the Lenovo Windows 10 Upgrade - Supported Systems List page on their site.
Lenovo-tested Windows 10 supported models are from IdeaCentre, ThinkCentre, IdeaPad, ThinkPad, ThinkStation, and Lenovo Series desktop/laptop/tablet series.
A number of Lenovo-brand computers are also listed asnotcompatible, meaning that upgrading or installing Windows 10 on the computer may result in some major issues.
Lexmark Drivers (Printers)
Lexmark Windows 10 drivers can all be found through their Drivers & Downloads search tool.
Once on the support page for your printer, filter theOS Version if necessary, and the Type if you want to hide other results.
Microsoft Drivers (Keyboards, Mice, Etc.)
Yes, Microsoft made Windows 10, but they also develop, manufacture, and support hardware.
See the PC Accessories Help & Learning page on their site for links to the individual product pages for their devices, where you'll find updated Windows 10 drivers.
While this is probably no surprise, Windows 10 is likely to already include these drivers ready-to-go in their operating system, but if not, you'll find them here.
Microtek Drivers (Scanners)
Microtek had spotty support for Windows 8, and it appears to have even less for Windows 10.
Use their Download page to search for the scanner via its serial number or model number, and be sure to filter by the correct OS to see only the relevant drivers.
NVIDIA GeForce Driver (Video)
The latest Windows 10 driver for NVIDIA GeForce is version 531.18 (Released 2023-02-28). The same version works with Windows 11.
This particular NVIDIA driver is compatible with the TITAN series and theGeForce 10, 900, 700, RTX 40, RTX 30, and RTX 20 series desktop GPUs, as well as GeForce MX100, MX200, MX300, MX400, MX500, GTX 16, 10, 900M, 800M, RTX 30, and RTX 20 series notebook GPUs.
NVIDIA releases drivers for their video chips irregularly, but frequently, so keep an eye out for updates that improve compatibility with Windows 10 and increase game performance.
Usually, these direct-from-NVIDIA drivers are best for your NVIDIA-based video card, no matter what company actually manufactured the card but that's notalwaysthe case. If you have trouble with these drivers in Windows 10, check with your video card maker for a better download.
Realtek High Definition Driver (Audio)
The latest Realtek High Definition Windows 10 driver is R2.82 (Released 2017-07-26).
Realtek driver updates rarely if ever improve on anything. Much like Intel chipset drivers, these drivers often only update reporting information.
Check with your motherboard maker if you have trouble with these drivers in Windows 10. They may have a custom-compiled driver that is a better fit for your system.
Samsung (Notebooks, Tablets, Desktops)
Drivers are available for a number of Samsung PCs, which you can download via theSamsung Manuals & Software page on those individual model's support pages.
Most Samsung computers that worked well with Windows 8 and Windows 7 will work great with Windows 10.
If you'd like to quickly see if your specific Samsung PC can upgrade to Windows 10, use the drop-down menus on the Samsung Windows 10 Update Informationpage to find your specific product.
Sony Drivers (Desktops & Notebooks)
Sony provides Windows 10 drivers for a number of their computer models, available from the Drivers and Software Updates page on Sony's website.
More information about Windows 10 compatibility with specific Sony PCs can be found on the Sony Windows 10 Upgrade Information page.
Choose the basic information about what version of Windows came preinstalled on your Sony PC and then read more about what issues, if any, you might expect to encounter during or after your Windows 10 upgrade or installation.
Be sure to check for updated Windows 10 drivers for your individual Sony PC model to see if any of these issues can be corrected.
Toshiba Drivers (Laptops, Tablets, Desktops)
Toshiba (now called Dynabook) provides Windows 10 drivers for their computer systems via its Drivers & Software page.
Enter your computer model number to see downloads specific to your computer. Once there, filter byWindows 10from the list in the left margin.
Toshiba has also published an easy-to-referenceToshiba Models Supported for Upgrade to Windows 10 list, but it was last updated in April 2016.
Dynabook has an FAQ about Windows 10 eligibility.
You'll find a number of models that support Windows 10 from the KIRA, Kirabook, PORTEGE, Qosmio, Satellite, TECRA, and TOSHIBA families.
Recently Released Windows 10 Drivers
- 2023-02-28: NVIDIA GeForce v531.18 Released
- 2023-02-22: AMD/ATI Radeon Software Adrenalin v22.40.33.01 Released
- 2021-06-30: Intel Chipset v10.1.18793 Released
- 2017-07-26: Realtek HD Audio R2.82 Released
Can't Find a Windows 10 Driver?
Try using a Windows 8 driver instead. This doesn't always work, but often will, considering how similar the operating systems are.
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Where can I find hardware drivers? ›
In the search box on the taskbar, enter device manager, then select Device Manager. Select a category to see names of devices, then right-click (or press and hold) the one you'd like to update. Select Search automatically for updated driver software.How do I check my hardware drivers Windows 10? ›
- Open Device Manager from Start menu or search in Start menu.
- Expand the respective component driver to be checked, right-click the driver, then select Properties.
- Go to the Driver tab and the Driver Version is shown. For example:
- Open the Start menu and search for device manager.
- Select the top result.
- When Device Manager opens, expand the branch for the device you want to install.
- Right-click the device and select Update driver from the menu.
- Open Device Manager, press the Windows logo key, and the R key simultaneously. ...
- Type devmgmt. ...
- Device Manager opens (Figure 2). ...
- Right click on the "Unknown Device" and select Properties (Figure 3). ...
- Select the Details tab.
Navigate to driver repository.
Windows stores a copy of each installed driver at C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository. Each driver is located within its own folder. To access this folder, click your C drive in the left panel, double-click Windows, then System32, then DriverStore, and then FileRepository.
- First of all, open Device Manager on your PC. ...
- On the Device Manager, click on the 'View' menu and select the 'Devices by driver' option.
- Now you will be able to see all installed drivers on Windows 10 computers.
- Download disk drivers via another device. ...
- Activate the partition. ...
- Format your disk. ...
- Reset motherboard bios settings. ...
- Create a Windows installation media.
Open Settings. Click on Update & Security. Click on Troubleshoot. Select the troubleshoot that matches the hardware with the problem.How do I update Windows hardware drivers? ›
- Open Windows Update by clicking the Start button. ...
- In the left pane, click Check for updates. ...
- On the Select the updates you want to install page, look for updates for your hardware devices, select the check box for each driver that you want to install, and then click OK.
To launch the tool, press Windows + R to open the Run window, then type mdsched.exe and hit Enter. Windows will prompt you to restart your computer. The test will take a few minutes to complete. When it's over, your machine will once again restart.
What happened to a hardware if there is no driver installed? ›
What happens if a driver is not installed? If the appropriate driver is not installed, the device may not function properly, if at all. With some devices, the device may work, but all of its features may not work.Does Windows 10 install drivers automatically? ›
Windows can automatically check if there are drivers available for new devices that you connect to your computer. For hardware that you've connected to your computer in the past, updated drivers might become available at a later date; but those drivers aren't installed automatically.Can you install driver without hardware? ›
Yes, device drivers can work without an actual piece of hardware (i.e. the device) attached to the machine.How do I find and install drivers for unknown devices using hardware ID? ›
Find the Unknown Device's Hardware IDs
Right-click the unknown device and select Properties to view more information. Windows will inform you it doesn't have the appropriate drivers — that's error code 28. Click the Details tab, click the Property box, and select Hardware Ids in the list.
Open Device Manager and go to the device in question in your device. Typically, it is listed as an Unknown Device in the Other devices node and expands the section. Right-click on the Unknown Device and select Update Driver.Where is the best place to download drivers? ›
- DriverGuide.com. This popular free driver download website is built in in 1996. ...
- TechSpot Drivers. ...
- DriverPack Solution. ...
- drivers.softpedia.com. ...
Locating downloaded drivers
Essentially, you need to download the installation file, copy it, and then move it to the other computer. Locate and download the drivers you need for the other computer. Most are available on the device manufacturer's website or you can search our driver's page.
On your Windows 10, right click Start and click Windows PowerShell (admin). Enter the command Export-WindowsDriver -Online -Destination D:\Drivers. The D:\Drivers is the folder where all of your computer's third-party drivers will be exported.How do I install drivers without installer? ›
- Connect the board to your computer via a USB cable.
- If prompted to install drivers, choose Install from a list or specific location (Advanced), then click Next. ...
- Select Let me pick…, then click Next.
- Select Show All Devices, and click Next.
- Click Have Disk….
Important drivers include: Chipset, Video, Audio and Network (Ethernet/Wireless). For laptops, make sure you download the latest Touch Pad drivers. There are other drivers you will probably need, but you can often download these through Windows Update after have a working Internet connection setup.
How to list every driver installed on your Windows 10 PC cmd? ›
Press Windows key + X and click Command Prompt. Type driverquery and hit Enter to get a list of every driver installed on your system and when that driver was published. You can also type driverquery > driver.How do I restore all my drivers? ›
Open Device Manager: Right-click on the Start menu and select Device Manager. Right-click on the device whose driver you want to restore and click on the Update driver option. Select the Browse my computer for driver software option. Browse to the folder into which you backed up your Windows 10 drivers.How to check drivers in cmd? ›
Start a Command Prompt window by selecting Run as administrator, and type verifier to open Driver Verifier Manager.Why is my driver not detected? ›
If your drive is not detected it may be because it is turned OFF in System Setup. Some motherboard manufactures disable unused ports in the BIOS by default. You will need to enter the the BIOS setup in order to verify their current state.How do I fix a corrupted device driver? ›
- System Restore. Use the System Restore on your PC to get back to a previously set stable state.
- Run Blue Screen Troubleshooter. Run the Blue Screen Troubleshooter. ...
- Uninstall Faulty Drivers. ...
- Reset Windows. ...
- How To Check If Bios Is Corrupted, Update Bios. ...
- Update Device Drivers.
Ultimately, the best way to determine whether a component is faulty is to swap it out. For example, if you think your graphics card may be causing your computer to blue screen, pull the graphics card out of your computer and swap in a new graphics card.How do I check my hardware health? ›
- In the search box on the taskbar, type Windows Security, and then select it from the results.
- Select Device performance & health to view the Health report.
Update Drivers With Windows Update
If the device manufacturer sends out a driver update, you should get it through an official Windows Update. Windows 10 users can open Settings > Update & Security, then click the big Check for Updates button. Hit the Install now button to download any available updates.
You should always make sure that your device drivers are properly updated. Not only will this keep your computer in good operating condition, it can save it from potentially expensive problems down the line. Neglecting device driver updates are a common cause of serious computer problems.Does Windows 10 have a hardware diagnostic tool? ›
In Windows 10: Go to Start , then select Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics & feedback. Make sure that the Diagnostic data viewer setting is turned On, and then select Diagnostic Data Viewer.
How do I fix hardware errors in Windows 10? ›
Select Start > Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot, or select the Find troubleshooters shortcut at the end of this topic. Select the type of troubleshooting you want to do, then select Run the troubleshooter. Allow the troubleshooter to run and then answer any questions on the screen.How do you resolve hardware problems? ›
- Checking the Hard Drive.
- Checking the Memory.
- Checking the Power Supply.
- Fixing the Motherboard.
- Stop Overheating.
- Random Shutdowns.
- Seeking Professional help.
You can't kill hardware by installing the wrong drivers. You can certainly make it function improperly, but the hardware itself won't die or 'Brick'. The only way to kill hardware with a software update is to install the wrong firmware directly to the hardware, which is nothing to do with drivers.How to make drivers for hardware? ›
- Step 1: Generate the KMDF driver code by using the Visual Studio USB driver template.
- Step 2: Modify the INF file to add information about your device.
- Step 3: Build the USB client driver code.
- Step 4: Configure a computer for testing and debugging.
- Step 5: Enable tracing for kernel debugging.
Device Drivers are essential for a computer system to work properly because without a device driver the particular hardware fails to work accordingly, which means it fails in doing the function/action it was created to do.Can you install drivers with a USB? ›
Attach the USB device to your computer. Open Device Manager to install the driver. Follow the instructions on the Update Driver Software wizard and choose manual installation. You will need to provide the location of the driver package folder to complete the installation.How do I download USB drivers for Windows 10? ›
Select the Driver tab, then select Update Driver. Select Browse my computer for driver software > Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer. Select USB Root Hub (USB 3.0), then select Next. The installation may take a minute, but once complete you'll want to restart your system to finalize the change.What are the hardware drivers of a computer? ›
A driver, or device driver, is a set of files that tells a piece of hardware how to function by communicating with a computer's operating system. All pieces of hardware require a driver, from your internal computer components, such as your graphics card, to your external peripherals, like a printer.How do I find my device hardware? ›
- Open Device Manager.
- Find the device in the tree.
- Right-click the device and select Properties.
- Select the Details tab.
- In the Property drop-down, select Hardware Ids or Compatible Ids.
The drivers and their installation files are included in Windows. They're available in the \Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository folder.
Where to find GPU drivers? ›
Right-click on your graphics device under display adapters and then select Properties. Select the Driver tab and read the Driver version.How do I install all hardware drivers? ›
- Go to Device Manager.
- Find the device that need to install a driver. ...
- Right-click on the device and select Update Driver Software…
- Select Browse my computer for driver software.
- Select Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
- BIOS updates.
- CD or DVD drive drivers and firmware.
- Display drivers.
- Keyboard drivers.
- Mouse drivers.
- Modem drivers.
- Motherboard drivers, firmware, and updates.
Important drivers include: Chipset, Video, Audio and Network (Ethernet/Wireless). For laptops, make sure you download the latest Touch Pad drivers. There are other drivers you will probably need, but you can often download these through Windows Update after have a working Internet connection setup.How do I find all hardware information on Windows? ›
Type info in the search box on your taskbar, and then select System Information.What is the command to get hardware details in Windows? ›
Click Start. Type msinfo32 in the Search box. Right-click msinfo32.exe in the search results, and then click Run as administrator.How do I check my computer for hardware problems? ›
If you want a quick overview of your system's hardware, use the left-hand panel to navigate to Reports > System > System Diagnostics > [Computer Name]. It provides you with multiple checks for your hardware, software, CPU, network, disk, and memory, along with a long list of detailed statistics.How do I manually install USB drivers Windows 10? ›
Attach the USB device to your computer. Open Device Manager to install the driver. Follow the instructions on the Update Driver Software wizard and choose manual installation. You will need to provide the location of the driver package folder to complete the installation.Can I download drivers from a USB? ›
Installing drivers from a USB drive or floppy
After the drivers are copied to a USB flash drive, floppy, or another drive, they can also be installed from that drive. Once the drive is connected to the computer, open Windows Explorer and then the drive letter for the computer drive.
- Verify Power Management Options. ...
- Check Power Supply On Laptops. ...
- Reinstall Drivers. ...
- Update Existing Drivers. ...
- Disable Fast Startup. ...
- Check Registry Editor.
How do I check my CPU and GPU drivers? ›
- Open Device Manager by right-clicking the Windows Start icon. Select Device Manager to open it.
- Click Yes if prompted for permission from User Account Control.
- Expand the Display Adapter section and right-click on your Intel® Display Adapter. ...
- Navigate to the Driver tab and note the Driver Version presented.
- Right-click Windows Start and click on Device Manager.
- Click Display Adapters.
- Right-click the Intel Graphics Controller and select Properties.
- Click the Driver tab.
- Click Driver Details.