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How to Update Video Adapter Device Driver

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Follow this guide to download and install the most current driver for your video adapter.


Drivers are updated as soon as new improvements to performance, response time and interoperability are discovered by the hardware device developer. The updates are distributed freely from the manufacturers website. The location of drivers on the manufactuers web page varies per manufacturer but are typically found within the Downloads or Support area of the web site.


To find and install drivers for your device, we first need to identify the make and model of the device we are trying to update. This practice ensures that we are collecting the correct driver. If you don't already know the make and model of your device, you can take the following steps to access the Windows Device Manager:


To begin... Click Start

  1. (Windows XP or earlier)

  • Click Control Panel

  • Click System

  • Click the tab titled Hardware

  • Click the Device Manager button

(Windows Vista/7)

  • Type into the search field: device manager

  • Hit ENTER


You should now be in the device manager.




Look under these categories for your device: Display adapters, System Devices, Other devices


Once you have found your device within device manager...


  • Right-click the device

  • Select Properties from the options

  • Looking in the General tab you should be able to see the manufacturer's name and the model of the device. Make a note of this.

  • Open your web browser.

  • Search for the manufacturers web site. We need to get the driver from the manufacturers web site.

  • Once you are at the manufacturers web site, you will need to search the site for the Support or Downloads section to find the driver.

  • Once you've found the driver download page, make sure you select the appropriate driver for your operating system. There will likely be a 32-bit and 64-bit version of the driver for multiple versions of Windows.

  • Download the driver and run the installer if there is one. If not, you will have to manually extract the driver and manually install it to the directory where your device drivers are stored by draggin and dropping the extracted files to the drivers directory. This location varies per manufacturer and Windows version but is usually located within C:\Windows\System32\drivers

  • Make sure you uninstall or delete the old driver files before installing the new driver.


How to Uninstall Video Adapter Device Driver


To avoid errors with your drivers, it is a good practice to uninstall the old driver before installing a new one. Most updated drivers do not have any issues being installed over old driver versions but if you want to play it safe, you can follow these steps to uninstall your old driver when updating to a more current version.


To begin... Click Start

  1. (Windows XP or earlier)

  • Click Control Panel

  • Click System

  • Click the tab titled Hardware

  • Click the Device Manager button

(Windows Vista/7)

  • Type into the search field: device manager

  • Hit ENTER


You should now be back in the device manager. You can delete individual drivers for each device within this window. Find the device you are trying to update by expanding the category it is listed under.


Once you have found the device you wish to uninstall and update the driver for...


  • Right-click the device

  • Select Properties from the options

  • Click on the Driver tab

  • Click Uninstall...

  • The uninstaller will guide you through the process of uninstalling a device driver. Once it is finished, you are ready to install a new driver.


   
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