Windows 10 and Windows 11 have several options for updating device drivers. See How do I update device drivers using Windows Update? and How do I update device drivers using Device Manager? below.
In addition, some hardware manufacturers offer their own tools for keeping drivers up to date, for example:
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or click on this button Windows Update. The further procedure is different in Windows 10 or Windows 11.
When the search is complete, click View optional updates.
In the context menu, click on Update Driver Software to start the dialogue with the same name. Click on Browse my computer for drivers.
Click through the search dialogue into the folder with the unpacked driver files. Windows will then carry out the installation.
After updating a driver, the following procedure can be used to check whether the installation was successful:
Automatic driver installation can be deactivated in the Control Panel. To do this, press the Windows key and type the first few letters of Control Panel until it appears among the search results.
Open Device and Printers, then right-click on the entry for your computer and select Device Installation Settings.
Select No (your machine may not work as expected). Confirm the selection. The automatic driver installation is then deactivated.
To do this, open the device manager and double-click the corresponding device in the list to display the properties dialogue.
Select the Driver tab. If the Previous Driver button is active (not greyed out), Windows will restore the previous driver.
Sometimes Windows does not recognise a device and lists it in the Device Manager under the Unknown Devices branch. Try the following solution if the device manager shows an unknown device that you cannot assign:
Then call up the Microsoft Update Catalogue. The update catalogue searches and finds not only Microsoft updates, but also drivers uploaded by various hardware manufacturers. Copy the Hardware Id from the properties dialogue into the search field and start the search.
If the hit list is too confusing, you can sort it by Last Updated by clicking on the corresponding column heading.
You will find the downloaded driver in a CAB file. Proceed as follows to install the driver:
If the update catalogue does not find any drivers, you can use the vendor Id (hardware manufacturer Id) to query vendor databases such as DEVICE KB.
In the string above, the first red block is the Vendor-Id and the second is the Device-Id. Enter the two values on DEVICE KB in the corresponding fields: Note the drop-down list where you can select USB or PCI.
If the search finds what you are looking for, you will receive the manufacturer and the device designation in plain text. You can then use this to search for drivers on the manufacturer's website.