XDA Basics: How to update the graphics driver on your PC
Keeping your PC up to date is a great way to ensure it runs smoothly without hiccups. It’s a good habit to periodically check for the latest Windows updates and ensure all system drivers are up to date. Drivers are pieces of software that help certain hardware to communicate with the operating system and other components on your PC.
Today we’ll quickly go through some simple steps on how to update the graphics driver on your PC. The graphics card or chipset is responsible for controlling everything you see on your monitor. Thus, it’s important always to have the latest drivers installed.
Primarily your PC is going to have either integrated or discrete graphics. Integrated graphics is where the GPU is built into the processor, and it doesn’t use separate memory for graphics or video. Instead, the GPU uses system memory that’s shared with the CPU. Discrete graphics is a GPU that’s separate from the main processor and has its own dedicated memory. Thus it provides higher performance than integrated graphics and consumes more power.
Regardless of which graphics card powers your PC, you need to update the drivers to get the best performance. Here’s how you can do that.
How to update graphics drivers on your PC
- Head over to Intel’s download center for graphics drivers over here.
- Using the drop-down menus, select the right product and operating system you need the drivers for.
- The list at the bottom should update with the correct set of drivers.
- Click on the driver, and you will be sent to another page that should have the latest version on the left side, followed by the older versions.
- Hit the download button to get the drivers in an executable file. Run the EXE file and follow the instructions to install the drivers.
- Restart your system once the drivers are installed.
- Intel also offers the option of automatically detecting and downloading the correct drivers for your system if you’re not sure about the graphics chip in your system.
- On the graphics driver downloads page, you should see a banner with the words Automatically update your drivers. Click on the button next to it that says get started.
- Follow the instructions to download the Intel Driver & Support Assistant. It’s a small piece of software that scans your system to provide you with the right set of drivers.
- Once installed, it will automatically scan your system and check if your integrated graphics chip requires new drivers.
If you have an AMD-made graphics chip on your system, be it integrated or discrete, the process is pretty much the same.
- Head over to AMD’s download center for graphics drivers over here.
- At the bottom, you should see a list of all the graphics chips from AMD.
- Select the correct product, and you will be redirected to a page with a list of drivers available, categorized under different operating systems.
- Download the latest driver for your corresponding operating system, and run the EXE file to install the graphics drivers.
- Like Intel, AMD also offers a tool that can scan your system if you don’t know the correct model number of your graphics chip. You can download it here.
- Once you’ve installed the drivers, make sure you restart your PC.
For NVIDIA graphics, I usually rely on the NVIDIA GeForce Experience software to keep track of the latest drivers whenever they’re released. It can be used to download NVIDIA’s Game Ready or Studio drivers if you’re using your GPU for creative workloads. You can however solely download the latest NVIDIA graphics drivers by following these steps:
- Head over to AMD’s download center for graphics drivers here.
- Select the correct graphics chip product type, series, and name.
- Select the operating system and the correct type of drivers – Game Ready for gaming purposes, or Studio Ready for creative apps.
- Download the driver installation EXE file, install it and restart the system.