How to Reinstall Graphics Driver in Windows 10
Windows 10 is the latest and greatest OS offering from Microsoft, and is possibly one of the software giant’s most popular operating systems. Along with a new appearance and touch-screen support, Windows 10 brings many additional features:
- Enhanced memory management
- Speed – Windows 10 is the fastest-performing Windows system on the market
- Support for an ever-increasing array of devices and applications
- Technical support – WIN 10 is the only officially supported Windows version for consumers
- Security – enhanced security features and continuous updates will be introduced only in Windows 10
Of course, along with such a major system upgrade, there is always the possibility that previously-supported devices or software may experience troublesome issues, or may stop functioning altogether. Let’s discuss how to reinstall graphics driver in Windows 10, starting with how to recognize graphics issues.
Recognizing Windows 10 Graphics Problems
When you’ve installed Windows 10, or performed an upgrade, and your system performance goes down the proverbial tubes, there could be several causes, but one of the guilty culprits may very well be your graphics driver. Especially for serious gamers with high-powered graphics cards, keeping drivers up-to-date can be an important part of system maintenance to maximize the gaming experience.
Display problems can often be tied to faulty graphics cards, but may also be symptoms of corrupted or outdated drivers:
- Monitors are not presenting images as they used to, or images are not presented properly
- Screen is not being recognized, or displays a black or blue screen
- Mouse and keyboard actions are not being recognized on the display
Even leading graphics card manufacturers strive to provide the best software to accompany their technology. Companies such as NVIDIA and AMD introduce updated drivers for their products regularly not only to update software and fix bugs, but also to improve performance, or expand compatibility.
Besides starting with a fresh install of Windows 10, keeping your graphics driver current can keep your system running more smoothly and enhance your gaming experience.
How to Reinstall Your Graphics Driver
When you’ve determined that your graphics driver may be an issue with your system, you can update the driver using two simple steps:
Uninstall the Existing Driver
Uninstalling your graphics driver is a reasonably straight-forward process:
- Access the Device Manager from the Control Panel, or start Device Manager by pressing the Windows key and letter R at the same time to open the Run window.
- In the program to run, key devmgmt.msc, which will initiate the Device Manager.
- Locate the Display adapters, and double-click that icon to expand the devices included in that category.
- Right-click the device you want to uninstall the driver for, and use the option to Uninstall device. You will get a confirmation box for the uninstall option.
- Check the Delete driver software option, then check the uninstall function. This may prompt you to delete the driver package. If not, just select the uninstall function for the driver.
How to Reinstall the Graphics Driver
Now you’re ready to search your computer or graphics card manufacturer’s website for the driver you need. To proceed, you will need:
- The make, model, and possibly serial number of your computer
- Your Windows 10 version (to find this, use the Windows + R key combination to start the command box, and key program “winver” in the text box. This will display a screen that contains your OS registration and build information
- The manufacturer of your graphics card, including model and version
Armed with this information you’re ready to browse the internet to find your latest driver. Once you locate the driver that matches your device, it’s a simple matter to download it to your system and install the new driver. These sites will provide prompts for that phase of reinstalling your graphics driver.
Let Windows 10 Reinstall Your Graphics Driver
Another option for reinstalling your graphics driver in Windows 10 is to let Windows do it. Once you’ve uninstalled your driver, reboot your system. Windows will examine your system for the missing driver using Windows Update, allowing you to search for and install a new driver.
The problem with this solution is that Windows Update may not locate and provide the most recent version of the driver for your graphics adapter. It may also get you a generic driver that works, but not to the extent that your device is supposed to. That leads you back to the option of searching internet websites for the updated driver what will restore your system performance.
Reinstall Your Graphics Drive the Easy Way
Besides graphics cards, your audio devices, mice, keyboards, printers, cameras, and internal components also can have issues caused by outdated / uninstalled drivers. Many computer users are not technically savvy or comfortable enough to dive into the preceding methods of reinstalling graphics drivers. Fortunately, there is an easy, more reliable way.
Driver update software/services are available that will analyze your system for all drivers – display, graphics, sound, printers, and more. Using one of these tools, you can be sure your system will be updated securely, and with drivers that match your devices exactly. A full-featured driver update package will perform several functions for you:
- Scan your system when you need it, or on demand, identifying all devices and existing drivers
- Access the internet for the most recent drivers for every component of your system
- Download the drivers securely to your computer without manual intervention on your part
- Install the updates to your system
DriverSupport simplifies the entire process of updating drivers on your Windows 10 computer. Download Driver Support today to keep your system running smoothly with the latest graphics drivers for your system.