Technology is constantly evolving, with new solutions, new programs and new games appearing on the market. Manufacturers and developers compete to offer users new features. This requires improvements in communication between the operating system and the parts of the computer – for example the graphics card. It is also possible that we will need new drivers e.g. after formatting. How to install drivers for graphics card?
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What are drivers?
A driver is a special computer program that allows the operating system to communicate with the hardware in the hardware casing. It is thanks to them that applications know how to render images correctly and printers know how much ink to use for printing a given document
Why do I need to update drivers for my graphics card?
Hardware manufacturers are responsible for creating drivers. Many people neglect to update them if seemingly everything works. Few know that outdated drivers can reduce performance in games – even by several frames per second! In addition, manufacturers do their best to improve the stability of operation. Sometimes you won’t even be able to start a new game with outdated “drivers” on your computer. That is why it is so important to know how to install the latest drivers for your graphics card. Fortunately, the whole process is trivial!
How do I install new drivers for my graphics card?
There are several ways to make sure you have the latest drivers for your hardware. With the latest operating systems this is almost automatic, thanks to Windows Update. Laptops also often have their own driver manager provided by the computer manufacturer. It ensures that the drivers selected will be appropriate for your laptop model. However, if for some reason we have to do it ourselves – the automatic solutions do not work properly or we are after the format – the tools provided by hardware manufacturers or updating through system tools will help
Updating with system tools
The simplest answer to the question of how to install graphics card drivers in Windows 10 or 11 is “use system tools”. The method can be especially effective for hardware that does not have dedicated applications from manufacturers. To do this, right-click on the Windows logo in the taskbar and select “Device Manager” from the drop-down list. From the list, select “graphics cards” and expand the category by clicking on the plus located to its left. The name of the appropriate video card should appear. Now, we have to right-click on it and choose the option “update driver”.
Alternatively, we can save the name and model of our graphics card, as it will be useful for the next steps. For external graphics cards, especially high-end ones, it will be better to use dedicated applications provided by the manufacturer
How to install drivers for NVIDIA graphics card?
To install drivers for NVIDIA graphics card, go to the manufacturer’s website(www.nvidia.pl). In the upper right corner of the website, select the drivers tab. You will see a list of graphics card choices, where you should find your own model, driver type and preferred language. After that, we will start downloading a convenient installer, which will guide us through the whole process.
An even more convenient method is to download GeForce Experience, which once installed will detect your graphics card and keep your driver up to date. The application also offers a number of additional features, such as optimizing settings in games, recording game fragments, creating screenshots or live broadcasts
How do I install drivers for my AMD graphics card?
If we want to install drivers for AMD graphics card, we have to take the same steps as for the “green” cards. We go to www.amd.com and choose the “Drivers & Support” option. There we choose our product from the list and download its installer. If we are not sure what driver we need, we can use the “Auto-Detect and Install” option, which will automatically select the appropriate driver for our device. To find such an option, select any graphics card and choose “Auto-Detect and Install” from the list of downloads
AMD also has its equivalent of the GeForce Experience program. This is AMD Software, which offers analogous functionality – it automatically detects hardware and makes sure our drivers are always up to date. It also offers performance reports, game statistics and many other features. The easiest and safest way to use it is
Update drivers for integrated graphics cards
If our graphics card is integrated with processor, we should go to processor manufacturer’s website. In the case of AMD, the task is similar to the one described above, with the difference that we choose “processors with graphics” from the list
For Intel devices, drivers can be found at www.intel.pl. We go to the “Products” tab where we search for the device we are interested in and download the offered drivers.