5 Ways to Update Your Graphics Driver on Windows 11

Find out multiple ways to bring your GPU drivers up-to-date

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Key notes

  • Updated graphics cards are essential in ensuring your gaming sessions are the best they can be.
  • There are multiple ways to update your drivers, like going to the company website or simply auto-updating via the Settings menu.
  • This guide will show you how to update your graphics drivers and where you can find them.
display-manager 5 Easy Ways to Update the Graphics Drivers on Windows 11

Graphics drivers are the software that allows your Windows 11 computer to use the machine’s graphics card. Today, we’ll show you how to update your graphics driver in Windows 11 and get the best out of it.

There are other names for the graphics card, like display adapter, video card, and even graphic accelerator, but they all mean the same thing.

You must update your graphics frequently to have the most optimal performance possible if you’re a big gamer. And this is especially important if you have an Nvidia, Intel, or MAD graphics card, as these cards are the standard.

So many modern video games require the best possible standard, and the mentioned brands deliver on that quality. Now, updating graphics drivers isn’t that important if you’re not really into video games. Most drivers already installed or those that come through Windows Update do just fine.

Do graphics cards need updates?

If your personal computer sports one of these cards, you must maintain up-to-date drivers for your Nvidia GeForce graphics card. New releases contain performance improvements for newly released games and solutions for problems caused by recent versions of Windows.

Keeping your drivers up to date may be an annoyance, but it’s something that all of us must do. Unfortunately, it is not always apparent how to update your drivers, particularly for individuals without a decent IT background.

And with all those sites just waiting to spread malicious software with correct Nvidia codes, it might be challenging to figure out how to do so.

This guide will do several things. First, it shows you how to check your graphics driver on Windows 11 and update them, specifically NVIDIA and Intel drivers. It will also show how to reinstall graphics drivers on Windows 11 machines.

Is it safe to update the graphics driver?

Yes, it is safe. Moreover, it is highly suggested that you constantly maintain all of your drivers up to date for optimal performance from your personal computer.

A wide variety of applications can update your drivers, enhance the stability of your system, increase the speed of your personal computer, and solve various types of computer faults.

How do I update my graphics drivers?

1. Using a third-party driver updater

To update your display driver in Windows 11, you can always rely on specialized driver updating software. These tools allow you to run a scan and quickly identify the driver you need.

Hence, this solution is safe and can guarantee increased system performance and up-to-date drivers without causing system malfunctions.

2. Using built-in tools

2.1 Check what graphics drivers you already have

  1. Click on the magnifying glass icon to bring up the search bar.
  2. Type in System Information and click on the first entry you see to open the System Information app.system-info update graphics driver windows 11
  3. Under System Summary, click on Components.components update graphics driver windows 11
  4. Then click on Display.
  5. Locate the Adapter Type and Adapter Description to see your graphics card model. In this example, the graphics card comes from the virtual machine used, whereas you typically see an Intel card.adapter update graphics driver windows 11

2.2 Update the graphics drivers via Settings

Updating the graphics drivers though Settings it’s easier with the following step-by-step guide:

  1. Bring up the Start menu and click on the Settings icon.

2. Click on the Windows Update tab on the left side of the Settings menu.

3. Select Advanced options.

4. Click Optional updates.

5. Click on the top drop-down menu to see if any driver updates are available.

6. If there are any updates, click the update to highlight them.

7. Then click the Download & install button.

8. The driver will begin downloading and will finish after a few minutes.

9. Press the Restart now button to finish the installation.

3. Update the graphics driver using Device Manager

You can easily update the graphics driver Windows 11 using the built-in Device Manager. This tool can automatically search for drivers for your GPU, to ensure you are always up to date with the newest updates.

1. Open up the search bar in the lower left side of your screen and type device manager.

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2. In the Device Manager, click on Display adapters.

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3. Here you will find your Windows 11 computer’s graphics card or cards.

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4. To update a graphic card from the list, right-click on it and select Update driver.

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5. A window will appear asking how you want to search for available drivers.

6. Select Search automatically for driver to make it easy.

7. At that point, the Device Manager will automatically download and install the drivers.

8. The window may tell you that the best drivers are already installed. In that case, just close the window.

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The built-in Device Manager can easily update the graphics driver Windows 11. This tool can automatically search for drivers for your GPU to ensure you are always up to date with the newest updates.

4. Update the graphics driver with external official tools

4.1 Updating NVIDIA graphics driver

  1. Go to Nvidia GeForce Experience’s website to download drivers for Windows 11.
  2. On the GeForce Experience page, click the Download Now button.
  3. Click on Save File in the small window.
  4. Go to where the file was downloaded and double-click it to install.
  5. In the wizard, select Agree and Install.
  6. Create an account for GeForce Experience.
  7. In GeForce Experience, click on Drivers at the top.
  8. Click on Check For Updates in the corner to see if there’s anything available.
  9. For other drivers, click on Download.
  10. After a short time, the drivers will download.
  11. You can click either Express Installation or Custom Installation.
  12. The installation will take a few minutes.

4.2 Updating Intel graphics driver

  1. Go to Intel Graphics Driver.
  2. On the next page, click Get started.
  3. Click Download now to download the Intel Driver & Support Assistant.
  4. Click Save File in the small window that appears.
  5. Go to the location of the downloaded app and double-click it.
  6. Click Install and run through the installation wizard.
  7. After installation, click Restart to finish.
  8. Open the Intel Driver and Support Assistant app.
  9. In the app, select Support on the left-hand side.
  10. Select Download Graphics Driver to download the latest drivers.
  11. You will go back to the Drivers and Software page. Select Get started again.
  12. Here you will now see all the drivers available for download. You can choose which ones you want or select Download all, which is what this guide will select.
  13. Give it a few minutes to download.
  14. Click Install on a driver.
  15. A small window will appear, asking you if you want to upgrade. Click Yes.
  16. Run through the installation wizard.
  17. It may ask you to choose a setup type. Select Typically, or you can customize the installation.
  18. Select Finish to complete the installation.

For AMD drivers, you can check out our post on how to update the AMD graphics drivers in Windows 11.

5. Reinstalling the graphics driver

  1. Return to the Device Manager and click on Display adapters. In this example, the guide will reinstall Intel UHD Graphics 630, but the instructions are the same for all drivers.
  2. Right-click on the graphics card and select Uninstall device.
  3. A small window will appear. Click the box next to Attempt to remove the driver for this device.
  4. If you want to manage the driver separately, click Device by the driver in the small window.
  5. Click the Uninstall button.
  6. Now head over to the official download page of the driver’s respective manufacturer. This guide will go to Intel’s page, but there’s also AMD and NVIDIA.
  7. Locate the drivers you uninstalled. In this case, it’s Intel UHD Graphics 630.
  8. Locate the drivers and click Download.
  9. Click Save File when the small window appears.
  10. After downloading, go to where the file is located and double-click it.
  11. In the small window that appears, click Run.
  12. A graphic driver installer will appear. Begin the installation.
  13. Run through the installation wizard and the instructions of your respective driver.
  14. After installing, restart your computer.
  15. You can check if the installation was successful by going back to the Device Manager and seeing if the Windows 11 graphics driver problem is solved.

How often should I update my graphics drivers?

It is advised that you update the drivers for your NVIDIA-based graphics card frequently if your graphics card is a newer model. This means every month or every two weeks.

This will ensure that you receive the best possible performance and experience from your personal computer.

Suppose your NVIDIA-based graphics card is an older model. In that case, it is recommended to update your drivers only if you are encountering issues when running newer applications on your personal computer.

When NVIDIA introduces a new product, software developers gradually obtain a deeper understanding of the underlying architecture. As a result, they can extract more performance from the architecture by using more recent driver versions.

As a product develops and ages, it will eventually require driver updates, the primary purpose of which is to correct bugs and ensure compatibility with newer software.

Are there other tips that I should know about updating graphics drivers?

You should know several things about updating drivers on Windows 11. The first is learning how to install graphics drivers on your computer manually. Manually upgrading is similar to the instructions above, but you should also know how to browse drivers on your machine.

Earlier it was mentioned that you might experience bugs or some issues when downloading, especially regarding Nvidia drivers. Therefore, a problem may arise with installing these drivers, and it’s highly recommended that you learn how to fix it.

It’s possible that the graphics card may not be detected in a Windows 11 computer. Solutions may be as simple as updating your graphics card or as complex as updating the BIOS. And for good measure, it’s recommended that you learn how to update your graphics driver on Windows 10.

Windows 10 may be out of style, but Windows 11 computers are expensive so you may be holding onto that old laptop. Until the day arrives when you buy a Windows 11 machine, we recommend learning how to update drivers on a Windows 10 computer.

Feel free to comment below if you have any questions about other Windows 11 apps. Also, leave comments about what reviews you’d like to see or information on other Windows 11 features.

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