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How To Update Drivers In Windows 11?

Often we need to update some software or drivers to enjoy its ultimate benefits, but are you aware of How To Update Drivers In Windows 11?

How To Update Drivers In Windows 11
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With Windows 11, you don’t usually need to update drivers. However, if you update a graphics card driver or need to fix a glitch, it is recommended to update drivers. You could either update drivers, or you could manually download updated drivers. This article will discuss how to update drivers in Windows 11. 

How To Update Drivers In Windows 11? 

If there are any critical updates in the system or any of its components, Windows will automatically update the driver. You will not have to constantly check the recent updates and update your driver.

1. Optional Updates 

If you are looking to solve a particular problem that Microsoft has fixed in a recent update, this guide will help you. A safe method to update drivers using the ‘Optional Drivers’ feature in Windows 11. This lets you download any recent driver updates that could have been launched to fix inevitable glitches. You can follow the given instructions to update drivers in Windows 11. 

  • Open the Settings App from the Start Menu. 
  • You can also press Windows+I keys on your keyboard to open the Settings App. 
  • In the left pane of the Settings window, click on Windows Update. 
  • In the Right pane on the Window, click on Advanced Options. 
  • Scroll down and find the Optional Updates bar. Click on it. 
  • You will see the section header titled Driver Updates. Click on it. 
  • You will then see a list of all the drivers’ updates available for installation. 
  • Check the boxes beside the updates you would like to install. 
  • The press Download & Install button. 

Windows will take some time to update your drivers. It might ask for permission to reboot the PC. Even if it does not, it is recommended that you restart your device after the installation process has finished. 

You should make sure you are checking updates of Windows 11 only. If you wish to download a specific driver update and it does not show in the list of options updates, you can look into the update at the official Microsoft website. Most likely, the update will be compatible with your device. However, you can still check to make sure of it. 

2. Manually Updating Drivers

If the Optional Drivers feature does not help your case, there is a way to manually update drivers in Windows 11. This is possible via Device Manager. Follow the instructions below to understand how to do it. 

  • Open Device Manager by looking for it in the Start Menu. You can type it in the search bar too. 
  • In the newly opened window, you will see a list of all the devices installed on your PC. Locate the device you would like to update. 
  • Right-click on its name. 
  • In the drop-down menu, select Update Driver. This option will be present on the top. 
  • In the new Window, you can click on Search automatically for drivers if you want Windows to search for compatible downloads. It will then install them automatically. 
  • If you click on Browse my computer for drivers, you can put the location of the drivers you wish to install. If you want to install a CD driver, this option will help you. 
  • If you click on Search automatically for drivers, Windows will either automatically install drivers or send a message saying, “The best drivers for your device are already installed.”
  • If you wish to continue looking for updates, you can further click on Search for updated drivers on Windows Update”.
  • If you click on “Browse my computer for drivers,” you can either put the location in the bar and click on Browse, or you can click on “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.”
  • You will be presented with a list of driver updates you can choose from. 

To Sum It Up

Updating Drivers can be helpful to solve specific issues and ensure the best working of your OS. This can be done using the Optional Updates feature or manually via Device Manager. This article discusses how to update drivers in Windows 11. 

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