After installing Windows 10 or Windows 11, one or more of your devices no longer work? Or do you simply want to update your drivers, but are unsure of how to proceed? In all cases, it is on the side of the Device Manager that you have to look for the solution. If you want to know how to get rid of all the ailments caused by improper driver installation, here’s how to do it.
If Windows 10 and Windows 11 theoretically know how to manage pilots of all your internal and external components, they sometimes trip over the carpet. As Windows 10 updates, bugs can prevent drivers from loading. But they are not always solely responsible for your worries.
Sometimes it’s a driver that can conflict with other files during an update, sometimes it’s a component that is no longer recognized at all. If you’re in trouble, here’s how to go about it. update or reinstall your drivers in Windows 10 or 11.
What to do when a device is not recognized by Windows 10 or 11?
Have you just installed Windows 10 / 11 but some components are not recognized by the system? Or, when updating to a newer version of Windows, the drivers did not install correctly? No problem, this kind of problem happens quite frequently and it is quite easy to solve it. First, head into Device Manager. Simultaneously press the keys [Windows] + [X].
In the quick menu presented to you, select the function Device Manager. A list of all components of your PC is displayed. If one of them has a yellow triangle icon, there is a problem with one of the elements of your machine. You can install or update the drivers for this component as follows:
- Right-click on its name. Select function Update Driver. Choose function Automatically search for drivers. Windows will then scan your system for the appropriate drivers and install them.
- If the previous operation does not work, stay in the same interface. This time select the option Check for updated drivers on Windows Update. The system will then use an online database to install the missing drivers. You should find the drivers for your device there.
Where to find the drivers when Windows 10 or 11 can’t do it on its own?
You have performed the two previous operations, but neither of them works. Or, following an update of the operating system, your drivers are no longer recognized at all. Again, there is a way to install the drivers despite OS failures:
- First, go to the site of the manufacturer of your component, whether it is a motherboard, a graphics card, a printer, a USB device, etc. You should find drivers there in the form of an executable file with the extension “.exe” or “.msi”. Select the right edition of the operating system (Windows 10 in this case), and the right version (32 or 64 bits). Download the executable offered to you, in order to install the component drivers.
- If the drivers offered by the manufacturer are not in the form of an executable, you will have to install them “by hand”. Download the archive offered to you and unzip it. Then go back to Device Manager, and right-click Update Driver again. This time select the option Browse my workstation for drivers. In the window that is then displayed, choose the function Choose from a list of drivers available on my computer. Click the Have Disk button, then click Browse. Specify the directory in which you previously unpacked the manufacturer’s drivers. You should find a file with the extension “.inf” there. Select it to install the drivers for your device.
It is possible that none of the previously mentioned operations will work. You will therefore have to force the installation of your component using the references listed in Windows 10 or Windows 11. This technique works for example with printers. Manufacturers tend to offer many “sub-references” to their ranges, it is not uncommon for Windows not to find the right drivers right away. Proceed as follows:
- Go to Device Manager again. Click Update Driver again, then click Browse My Computer to search for drivers. Again, select the function Choose from a list of drivers available on my computer. Then uncheck the option Show compatible hardware if drivers have already been installed, but they are not the correct ones. If no drivers have been implemented yet, you should just see a list of “common hardware”, as Windows calls them. Find the one that matches your component, or if you’re not sure, just stay on Show all devices.
- Click on Next: a list of components by type and by brand is then presented. Locate the one that corresponds to your model or whose references are close to it (in the case of a printer, for example). All you have to do is install the drivers offered by Windows and you’re done.
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If you got the wrong drivers, or if the ones Windows gave you don’t work, it’s pretty easy to uninstall them. Here’s how to go about it:
- Still from Device Manager, select the recalcitrant device using the right button. Select function Uninstall device. Accept the warning that is then displayed using the button Uninstall. If you want to delete the driver files, tick Delete the driver for this device.
- After uninstalling the device drivers, the device no longer appears in the Device Manager list. To make it reappear, simply go to Stock > Scan for hardware changes. All you have to do is install the correct drivers, this time following the previous steps.