How to update drivers | PC Gamer

Keeping your drivers up to date can be a challenge.

But it’s something we should all be doing. It’s not always clear how to update drivers, especially for those who don’t have good IT knowledge and with all these sites just waiting to deploy malware with genuine Nvidia signing codes. But there is a proper way to update your drivers ahead of time to prevent this from happening to you. This guide will provide you with the tools you need to update the most common types of drivers confidently and even includes some general troubleshooting tips for any issues you may encounter. This guide is intended for gaming PCs, but most of it applies to any Windows PC.

How to update Nvidia drivers

If you have an Nvidia GeForce graphics card on your PC, you need to update your drivers. New releases often include performance improvements for new games or fixes for problems caused by Windows updates. There used to be a tool in the Nvidia Control Panel called Nvidia Update, but this option has been removed with the advent of GeForce Experience. The Nvidia Control Panel is still installed automatically when setting up the Nvidia drivers. Still, you will need to update the drivers via The GeForce Experience or manually download the driver from the Nvidia website.

The benefit of installing GeForce Experience 

On your PC is that it automatically checks for updates and alerts you if a new driver is available. To update from the GeForce Experience Launcher, sign in (create an account if you don’t already have one). Click the Drivers tab in the top left, then Check for updates on the right. But suppose you don’t like the idea of ​​logging into GeForce Experience every time you need to install a driver update. In that case, you can go to Nvidia Driver Page manually download the latest available driver. Something else to consider is doing clean install drivers. Which is an option for the AMD and Nvidia installers if you choose the custom installation option.

Finally, if you’re changing GPU brands or running into other issues and want to clean up your system. Our GPU guru Jarred recommends using Display Driver Uninstaller to completely erase all remnants of AMD. Intel, and Nvidia GPU drivers from your system. (Be careful when pressing the button Official download here link, not Update display driver button, since the latter is not what we are talking about.) Sometimes this is the only way to be sure.

How to Update AMD Drivers

Much like Nvidia drivers, AMD graphics drivers should automatically check for updates in the background and alert you when anything is available. Here’s how to check for an update (and install it) manually:

  1. Right-click on the Windows desktop and select AMD Radeon Settings from the menu.
  2. Press the Updates button in the lower-left corner of the window.
  3. Press Check for updates box.

If an update is available, you will see all available versions. AMD occasionally releases optional updates for those who want the latest and greatest, but most people should stick with the recommended drivers. Click recommended, then choose Express update. If you can’t display the Radeon settings at all, there might be something corrupted in your drivers. Go to the AMD support site and download the appropriate drivers for your graphics card to fix this. A fresh install should resolve any issues you may encounter. Again, a clean install might be your best bet if you’re experiencing any oddities or performance degradation (this has happened to us a few times). And DDU is always there if you need to pull out a sledgehammer.

How to update drivers for peripheral devices (mice, keyboards, etc.)

Most keyboards, mice, microphones, controllers, etc., use the same generic USB interface to communicate, so they usually don’t need any extra drivers out of the box (and generic drivers are handled by Windows Update). However, if you buy an accessory designed for customization, such as a mouse or keyboard with extra buttons, you may need the appropriate desktop software for the addition. The accessory box or product page should indicate which app is required for full functionality, but here are a few examples:

  • Logitech gaming software: Customizing controls, lighting, and more for most Logitech ‘G’ gaming products.
  • Logitech Options: Configuration tool for most non-gaming mice, keyboards, and other Logitech accessories.
  • Corsair issue: Change lighting effects, keyboard macros, and more for most Corsair products.
  • Razer Synapse: Unified configuration tool for Razer accessories, laptops, keyboards, and more.

As a general warning, always download the necessary software from the manufacturer’s website, No from the rehosting site. Many rehosting sites like to bundle malware or other software when installing drivers.

How to update everything else

The built-in Windows Update service on your PC usually keeps most of your drivers running in the background. Unless you’re using a niche device that doesn’t offer updates through Windows Update, you typically don’t need to worry about updating drivers.

To check for updates for your PC, including driver updates, follow these steps:

  • Press Start off Windows taskbar button
  • Press Settings icon (it’s a small gear)
  • To choose Updates and Security, then press Check for updates.

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