How to install drivers on Windows 11

How to install drivers on Windows 11

The term driver in computer science indicates the set of software procedures, which allows an operating system to drive a hardware device. Through them, therefore, the various devices physically connected to a computer are put into communication. For example, for a video card to function correctly and to be able to exploit it at maximum power, it is necessary to have the correct driver that relates the CPU and all the other components of a PC to make them perform at their maximum potential.

Drivers are therefore an indispensable tool, since thanks to them you can use all external peripherals such as mouse, keyboard, webcam and microphone. Over the years, the development of Windows has led to an almost completely automatic management of drivers, which are now automatically updated via Windows Update. In the past, however, the correct installation and search for a driver gave many problems and, in some cases, the situation is the same today.

There are in fact some situations in which the Microsoft home system fails to install autonomously the drivers, and therefore a manual installation will be necessary. The purpose of this guide is just to show you how to manually install the drivers on Windows 11, the latest operating system from Microsoft. Specifically, we will see how to install the drivers in different ways, depending on the skills and needs of the various users.

Manual installation via Settings

Open the Windows settings Click on "Windows Update"

credit: Click on "Advanced Options"

credit: In the section look for the item "Optional Updates"

credit: Select the optional drivers that you want to install

credit: Click on "Download and Install"

credit: Once these steps have been performed, the driver will be automatically downloaded and installed from Windows Update.

Installing the drivers via Device Manager

To install the drivers via Device Manager , follow these steps:

Go to "Start" Search for "Device Manager" by typing it in the search bar and open the application

credit: You will be faced with such a screen .

credit: At this point, look for the category of your device

Note: The device may appear with a small yellow or red badge next to it, which indicates a possible problem or absence of the driver

Once you have found the device you want to update, right-click on it and select "Update Driver"

credit: At this point you will find yourself in front of two possibilities of sce lta. What you are interested in is the search for the driver in the computer folders

credit: Now select the folder where the driver is located using the "browse" button and check the box immediately below to allow the search in the subfolders

credit: Click on “Next” to start the search. If the installation is successful, a message will appear on the screen confirming the correct installation. To finish the installation, click on "Close"

Install the video card drivers manually on Windows 11

Both Windows 10 and Windows 11 can automatically configure most video cards and update them via Windows Update. However, it may happen that the driver in question does not work as desired, or that it is not the latest version available and that, consequently, some optimizations that allow the video card to provide maximum performance are missing. In these cases, a manual installation of the driver will be required. First of all you will need to download the latest version of the driver compatible with your Intel, Nvidia or AMD Radeon card and then proceed with the guided installation of the driver.

We remind you that in the case of custom cards and notebooks with card dedicated graphics, manufacturers usually make product-specific drivers. We therefore recommend that you also consult the manufacturers' sites in the customer support section. Below you will find links to the sites of the main card manufacturers.

Intel driver Nvidia driver AMD driver

Check the version of the driver installed on Windows 11

Go to "Start" Search for "Device Manager" by typing it in the search bar and open the application

credit: Check that there are no errors concerning the drivers

credit: Find the device you want to control and select it with the right button Click on the drop-down menu on "Properties"

credit: Click on "Driver" tab

credit: Check that the driver version matches the one you wanted to install. If everything matches then you have correctly installed the driver of your device.

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