When your PC is assembled there is another set of software that is provided by the manufacturer and installed on your computer known as device drivers. These drivers are designed to allow your operating systems software and the hardware installed on your system to interface by interpreting instructions such as sound and print among others.
Due to technical problems that may arise during the life of your PC due to wear and tear, you might be prompted to format your disk and lose all of the settings that are default per your manufacturer.
Video drivers have their own set of rules. As most device drivers don’t need to be updated that frequently, video drivers are the exception.
This article was created to explain how to update drivers on your PC and specifically video drivers. Video drivers are given their own section.
Step 1: insert the recovery disk that was given to you by the manufacturer into your CD-ROM and wait for the menu to show up on your screen.
Your manufacturer may also supply this as a partition on your hard disk instead of a CD or DVD
Step 2: When the installation menu pops up, click on the tab named “Drivers”. This should display a list of every driver on your system that is installed.
Step 3: Install the first driver that is on the list. Click on the driver name and follow the installation process. Also remember to select any options that are necessary. Click Next until the installation has finished.
Step 4: Once completed, you will be asked to reboot your system in order for your computer to complete the changes. After your system reboots, the process of your installation will begin again. Follow these same steps for any remaining drivers that you may have.
Step 5: You can also download the newest device drivers from the support website of your manufacturer. To do this, go to your manufacturer’s website and click on the support section. On the page that pops up, select the drivers option and navigate to the download page. You will be taken to a page that lists out every driver that is supported by that manufacturer. Click on the name of the driver to download it and save it to your local hard disk.
How to Install Video Drivers
Video drivers on your computer are usually specific to the type of operating system you have. Windows 7 or Windows 8 will most likely use a different driver for the same video card than if you were running Windows XP. Drivers can also become outdated or corrupted at times, so having the ability to uninstall, install and replace drivers is a good computer skill to have. If you just move a new video card driver file where the old one was, it won’t work. However, the driver installation process isn’t difficult.
Method 1: Automatically Updating the Driver in Windows
Step 1: Go into the Device Manager
- If you’re running Windows Vista or Windows 7, click the Start button and type the phrase “Device Manager” in the search bar
- If you’re running Windows XP, go to the My Computer icon, right-click, and select “Device Manager” from the window that pops up
Step 2: Look for “Display adapters” and click on the plus sign that is right next to it. Next, look for the video and driver and right click on it.
Step 3: Select “Update Driver Software” from the window that pops up
Method 2: Update the Driver Manually in Windows
Step 1: Find out who the manufacturer is for your video card driver and go to their website
Step 2: Search the “Drivers” or “Downloads” area on the manufacturers website for the specific model for your video card
Step 3: Find the executable file for your specific operating system and double-click on the icon to download it
Step 4: Run the file and follow the on-screen instructions for how to install your video card driver
Your video cards original driver that came with your computer should have been in your computers box, on a CD or some other form of media. You might be able to reinstall this drive if your graphics card is not working with your CPU properly.
If you’re buying an aftermarket video card, the manufacturer usually supplies drivers for various operating system on a CD with the actual video card. If this is your situation, follow the instructions that are supplied with your video card when you install it from a CD
Updating Video Card Drives
Sometimes if you’re watching newer movies, using newer applications, or playing newer games on your PC you may have to update the video cards drivers on your system so that your computer’s performance can be improved or so that your device’s performance isn’t hindered. Most often drivers for your video card undergo automatic updates through software updates that occur regularly. But, you can also update them manually. The following methods will show you how to update your video card drivers.
Method 1: Update Your Video Card Drivers with Windows Updates
Step 1: Click the “Start” button that is on your Windows desktop
Step 2: Enter “Update” into the Start menu search bar
Step 3: Click “Windows Update” when you see it in the search results. Once you do this the Windows update manager will pop up on your screen.
Step 4: Select the “Check for updates” option that is in the left panel of the Windows Update screen
Step 5: Select the link of each individual update listed to read the entire description of the update you have selected. If a certain update includes updating the driver your video card uses, the description will notify you.
Step 6: Click on the option title “Select the updates you want to install”
Step 7: Put a checkmark next to the video card driver that you want to install in your system
Step 8: Click on the button that reads “OK”
Step 9: Click on the selection titled “Windows Update,” and then select the “Install updates” option. Your computer will install the updates that you have picked, including the drivers for your video card.