How To Update Drivers On Windows 11

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Updating drivers on Windows 11 is as important as it has ever been, the driver plays an essential role in allowing the system to interact with specific hardware in your PC. It isn’t just hardware though, as some peripherals also require drivers.

As many will know, Windows has a built-in service that automatically detects and installs device drivers and Windows updates but there is the occasion where you may need to do this manually. Sometimes, Windows may struggle to recognize a new device or a device may simply just stop working but not to worry, we are going to show you how to update drivers on Windows 11 so you can quickly fix any issues you may face.

Watch the Video and follow the steps below

Check To See If Drivers Are Already Up To Date

It is always good to check if drivers are already updated/ the driver was installed correctly with a PC and it is quite easy to do so.

Head into your ‘Device Manager’ and navigate to the hardware that you are looking to check, right-click on the device, and then click ‘Properties’. A new window will appear, click the driver tab, then check the driver date and driver version.

How To Update Drivers On Windows 11

There are two methods we are going to show for updating drivers on Windows 11, one via Device Manager and the other through Windows Update & Security feature. As previously mentioned, many of the drivers should be automatically downloaded and installed but these steps have you covered if you ever need to manually update.

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Device Manager

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Click on the ‘Search’ icon from your taskbar and type ‘Device Manager’, then launch the application

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Select Device

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Select which device you would like to update and then right-click

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Update Driver

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Click ‘Update Driver’ and then select ‘Search Automatically For Updated Driver Software’

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If Windows 11 Doesn't find A Driver

If Windows 11 doesn’t find a new driver, try looking for one on the device manufacturer’s website and follow their instructions.

Reinstall The Device Driver

You can completely uninstall your drivers and then when you reboot your PC, Windows 11 should locate, download, and install fresh drivers.

STEP
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Device Manager

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Click on the ‘Search’ icon from your taskbar and type ‘Device Manager’, then launch the application

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Uninstall

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Select which device you would like to remove the drivers from and then right-click and select ‘Uninstall’

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Restart

Restart your PC and Windows should now attempt to reinstall the driver.

How To Update Drivers On Windows 11 Using Windows Update

The Windows Update tool is a very quick way of checking what drivers you may need. This is another go-to option for those looking to update hardware but newer drivers usually take a bit longer to filter through.

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Settings

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Click on the ‘Search’ icon from your taskbar and type ‘Settings’, then launch the application

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Update & Security

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Click ‘Update & Secruity’ and then click the ‘Windows Update’ tab

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View Optional Updates

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Click ‘View Optional Updates’

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Drivers

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Click the ‘Driver Updates’ tab and select the driver you want to update.

Conclusion

It can be a real pain when our hardware or peripherals fail to interact with Windows or stop working entirely but now you know how to update drivers on Windows 11, you can rest easy.  Our three methods will get your drivers up to date in no time but feel free to leave a comment if you are still struggling.