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How to Update Windows Graphics Drivers

Jul 27 2020 by Amanda Dela Cruz

Are you using a Windows PC? Is it a desktop or a laptop? None of these matter. What you should be asking yourself is how to update Windows graphics drivers if you’re still unaware of doing so.

Today, you’re going to discover how to easily update your Windows graphics driver for your operating system. If you want to have a PC that’s always up-to-date and performs the way that it should, keep reading.

Why Updating Windows Graphics Drivers is Important

There are many reasons why graphics drivers need to be updated. However, the simple answer is that drivers are what sends your hardware the signal to perform exactly how they should with your operating system.

If these drivers are outdated, it may not be able to keep up with the current updates of your operating system. This is why it’s of paramount importance to always have all of the drivers, most especially the graphics drivers, to always be in tip-top shape.

Graphics are what encompasses the whole experience of a PC user. No matter what a user does with his computer, the graphics must always be smooth and fast. Having a faulty graphics driver while working, gaming, browsing the net, photo & video editing, and more can affect the overall experience because of slowdowns, lags, and worse… freezes.

Disclaimers before updating Windows Graphics Drivers

Before choosing to upgrade or update your drivers, you first must know that there are certain caveats to consider. You’re already on the first CORRECT step because you’re reading this article right now. However, to expound more about the disclaimers, let’s begin with…

Proper Research

There are plenty of websites that offer drivers for download. However, a lot of these are shady and may contain viruses. You don’t want to fall for this as hackers are very good at extorting and stealing. This is why it’s very important not to have your credit card numbers and IDs lying around in your computer without ample protection.

Furthermore, you may not be aware but once these hackers get to penetrate your computer, they will also be able to find a way to decrypt the passwords in your browser. We will get more into this in the next section.

Moreover, you must also know the model number of your hardware and peripherals for you to be able to get the proper driver that’s best suited for your PC parts. Some universal drivers may work but these won’t be able to ensure you the best performance.

More on Cyber Crimes

One popular way on how they take the victim’s money is through ransomware. Some of them will lock all of your data and even change your passwords which may cause a tantamount of problems most especially if your business is linked to the internet.

Once they have this sensitive data, they’ll offer you a ransom deal and it will be the only way for you to retrieve what they’ve taken from you. Added to that, they may not 100% give this information back and may duplicate your data to blackmail you instead; most especially if you’re keeping sensitive files like top secret information or photos and videos that are not safe for work.

Hundreds of millions of cyber crimes like theft, extortion, ransomware, and blackmail, happen every year. People are losing billions of money just by the simple neglect and oversight in PC security.

Only download drivers from Legit Sources

If you’re planning to update your graphics driver and other hardware, you must only go to the main website of the product’s brand. Don’t fall for services that you see online such as websites claiming to have a direct affiliation with different manufacturers.

Yes, there are legit ones and offer monthly subscriptions but nowadays, being leary is better than being gullible. You may easily download the driver from a legit source simply by looking at the box of the hardware or peripheral that you want to update. However, if you’ve lost the box, you may look at the stickers attached to the product.

If you can’t find both, you may run dxdiag on your Windows and hope that the model number is listed there. Now, if you’re using a laptop or a desktop that’s already built by the manufacturer as a set with the build having its own model number, you’re going to find updating drivers quite easily simply by googling the corresponding model codes.

How to Update Graphics Drivers on Windows XP

Please know that this tutorial is only for the Windows XP Operating System. If you are using another Windows OS, this may not work for you.

  1. Download Driver

You may download your graphics driver from the website of your hardware’s manufacturer. Please know that these drivers may not exist in the main site anymore so be very sure that you will be downloading from a safe website.


If you want to be ensured that you’re getting a genuine graphics driver without compromising your PC security, you can try SafeSoft Driver Manager. It will detect, download, and updated all of the drivers needed for your PC to perform at its finest.


  1. Unpack Your File

Unzip or Unrar the driver from your download file and extract everything to the folder of your choice.


  1. System Properties

Click Start from the menu > right-click on My Computer > click Properties. Once the System Properties window pops up, click the Hardware tab then Device Manager.


  1. Update the Driver

On the Device Manager Window, double-click the Display adapters option. Right-click on your manufacturer’s model tab i.e. Intel® Graphics Controller, Nvidia Graphics, or other brands then hit Update Driver.

A driver update wizard will pop-up and ask you if you want to connect to Windows Update for it to search for the driver, simply select No, not this time (granted that you’ve properly downloaded the correct driver for your graphics card).

On the next step, choose Install from a list or specific location (Advanced) then hit Next. Select Don’t search, I will choose the driver to install option then hit Next again.


Click on the Have Disk option then click Browse. Locate and highlight the proper .inf file for your graphics card then hit Open. Click OK and you will be given a list of available display types. Select your display adapter then Finish. Wait for the installation to end and restart your computer.


If you’ve downloaded the correct driver for your graphics card, you will experience better performance with no issues like blue screens, freezes, lags, and more.

How to Update Graphics Drivers on Windows Vista

If you want to update your graphics driver on Windows Vista or Windows 7 manually, don’t miss a step.

  1. Download Driver

Look for your graphics card’s model number and download the driver from a trusted source. You may also do this by using the free version of SafeSoft Driver Manager to be ensured that you’re downloading from a safe source.


  1. Go to Device Manager

Click the Start menu. Right-click Computer then hit Manage. In the Computer Management window, choose Device Manager.


  1. Update Graphics Driver

Once the Device Manager is open, you will see a list of categories located in the right panel. Expand those and look for system drivers. Right-click the Display Adapters option then click Update Driver Software.


Choose Browse my computer for driver software and look for the driver that you’ve downloaded and extracted. After finishing the update, restart your PC.

How to Update Graphics Drivers on Windows 10 and Windows 8

If you want a hassle-free way of updating all your drivers and have automated PC repairs, updates, scans, and speed-ups, feel free to try SafeSoft Driver Manager. Should you choose to update all of your PC hardware and peripherals’ drivers manually and one-by-one, keep reading.

  1. Download Driver

Look for your graphics card’s model number and download the latest appropriate driver from a safe source. After doing so, unzip or unrar the driver folder.


  1. Device Manager

Head on to Start. Search for Device Manager then double-click graphics driver. Select Properties.


  1. Update your Graphics Driver

Once inside the properties window, click the Driver tab and hit Update Driver. After the installation is done, restart your computer.

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