Before we start talking about how to update the drivers in the easiest way possible It is necessary to be clear about the meaning of this word. The truth is that not many people know what a driver really is and the function it fulfills in a computer. For this reason, Next we want to explain what a driver is. Attentive!
What are drivers?
A driver is a file that is responsible for telling our operating system how to use the devices or peripherals that we have connected to it. Namely, it is responsible for connecting our hardware with our software.
Without the drivers installed, the operating system cannot detect the peripherals that we have connected through its USB slots., since no action will be issued to make them work. For this reason it is remarkably important to keep the drivers in their latest version and that problems of recognition of your external elements do not occur.
How are drivers updated in Windows 7?
The easiest way to keep all the drivers of our Windows 7 updated is to do it through the «Device Manager». Next we will explain how to update all the drivers of your computer automatically using this incredible tool:
First of all, you must click on the “Start” menu so that your computer allows you to search its hard drive. Next, already in the search bar, type «Device Manager» to access the tool that we are going to use.
The hardware you have on your computer will be shown to you as a list with different categories:
- Display adapters.
- imaging devices.
If you click on each category you will be able to see the devices that are associated with each list. Now you just have to enter the category that fits the driver you need to update and double click on it. Next, a configuration window will appear. Here you need to click on the “Driver” tab and click on the button that says “Update Driver” again.
Finally, you just have to click on the “Search automatically for updated driver software” option. This option will locate and download the latest drivers for the controller you need 100% automatically.
How are drivers updated in Windows 10?
In Windows 10, the system for updating your computer's drivers is much simpler, if possible, than in the operating system mentioned above. In Windows 10 we will use the “Control Panel”, instead of the old “Device Manager”. The steps that must be followed to keep the drivers absolutely updated are the following:
First of all, we must access the “Control Panel”, either by typing the same in the “Start” search bar or accessing it through a few clicks by ourselves. Next, within the control panel we must look for the device manager.
When we have accessed, a list of the devices that we have connected to our computer at that time will appear. To update the device that interests us most we just have to double click on it. Next, we need to right-click on the same device. Now a drop-down will appear with several options, where we will select “Update driver software”.
In order for this process to always be carried out automatically and you will never have to do it again, you must click on “Search automatically for updated driver software”. From this moment on, Windows will take care of everything else and will finish carrying out the update of the drivers that you needed.