Driver installation via Windows Update

Microsoft maintains a huge database of device drivers that have been tested for compatibility with Windows operating systems. All this is built into the system or available through the Update Center or Windows Update. If you have not changed anything in the system settings and you have an Internet connection, then the drivers should automatically download and install.

How to run Windows Update

On Windows 10 you need:

  1. Open Notification Center and select ‘All options’ .
  2. Select ‘Update and security’ .
  3. Click ‘Check for updates’ .

After that, you need to wait until the available updates are downloaded and installed.

If you have problems starting updates , then the Windows Update service may be disabled. You can check and enable if necessary as follows.

  1. In the search box we write ‘services’ and open the classic application ‘Services’ .
  2. At the bottom we find the Windows Update service. Double click on it with the left mouse button.
  3. In the ‘Properties’ window that opens, in the ‘Startup type’ section, select ‘Manual’ from the drop-down menu .
  4. Click on the ‘Run’ button and ‘OK’.

The service is running, you need to try to run updates.

Setting up automatic driver updates

In order for the operating system itself to monitor the relevance of drivers and automatically download and install them when a new version appears (which is recommended), then you need to do the following:

  1. Open Control Panel Hardware and SoundDevices and Printers ( Figure ).
  2. On the icon of your computer, right-click and select from the context menu that opens ‘Device Installation Options’ .
  3. Select ‘Yes, do this automatically’ and click ‘Save’ .

Now, when a new driver for your device appears in the Microsoft database, Windows will automatically download and install it.

Here is detailed information on installing drivers built into the system and from Windows Update. And additionally – How to scan if you have an MFP.

Ask any questions in the comments.

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