How to manually install device drivers on Windows 11

In Windows 11, device drivers contain the instructions that allow the system to communicate and control devices (such as a network adapter, video card, hard disk, etc.) and peripherals such as a mouse, keyboard, monitor, and almost anything else you connect to your computer.

Although the system can automatically detect and configure most devices through the basic combination of Driver Library and Windows Update, sometimes, the system may fail to detect some devices. If your computer is missing a device driver, or you have a device that is using an outdated driver, or you have to update an existing component to the latest version, Windows 11 includes multiple ways to download and install these controllers manually.

In this Windows 11 guide, we will walk you through the steps to install missing device drivers on your PC.

How to install drivers manually using Settings

To install a driver manually through settings, use the following steps:

  1. Opens Settings.
  2. Click Windows Update.
  3. tap on Advanced Options The page is on the right side.

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  4. Under the “More options” section, tap Optional updates Preparation.

    Open optional features

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  5. tap on Driver Updates Preparation.
  6. Check the driver for installation on Windows 11.

    Install Windows Update Drivers

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  7. tap on Download the installation file to choose.

Once you complete the steps, the driver will be downloaded and installed on Windows 11.

How to install drivers manually using Device Manager

To install device drivers manually, you will need to download the package from the manufacturer’s support site and then use Device Manager to apply the update.

Download drivers

If you have to download the driver manually, you’ll need to open the manufacturer’s driver and support page, look for your hardware model or serial number, and click the download button. However, each support site is different, which means that you will need to follow their directions to download the latest package available.

Here is a short list of manufacturers support pages to find and download device drivers for Windows 11:

Some companies like Intel, AMD, Dell, and Lenovo also offer apps or quick ways to scan the system to detect any missing drivers, download and install them on Windows 11.

install drivers

To manually install a driver on Windows 11, use the following steps:

  1. Opens Started.
  2. searching for device manager And click on the top result to open the app.
  3. Expand the category with the device you want to install.

    Quick note: The device may also display a red or yellow badge indicating a driver problem.

  4. Right-click on the device and select File Driver Update to choose.

    Device Manager Update Driver Option

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  5. tap on Browse my computer for drivers to choose.

    Browse my computer for driver software

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  6. tap on browse button.

    Locate the driver files

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  7. Select the folder containing the driver installation files.
  8. tap on yes button.
  9. check the Include subfolders An option to find the correct “.inf” file with instructions for applying the driver.
  10. tap on next one button.
  11. tap on Close button.

After completing the steps, the driver package will be installed on your device.

How to manually install graphics drivers on Windows 11

Windows 11 can automatically detect and configure most graphics cards, and you can always use Windows Update to install the latest drivers (shown above). However, if a particular driver does not work as expected, or if you want to take advantage of improvements and new functionality, you will need to install the driver manually.

If you want to install the graphics driver manually, you can use the Control Panel Experience from the manufacturer (NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel) to download and install the latest driver update.

Once you download the program, the installation is very straightforward. Simply run the installer and follow the on-screen directions. After installation, click on the Check for updates button from the Driver section to install the driver.

Download the graphics driver manually

Alternatively, you can download the graphics driver manually from the manufacturer’s support website.

After downloading the driver, use the recommended steps from the manufacturer to update the graphics driver.

If you can’t find the steps, you can run the installer and proceed with the onscreen directions to remove the current driver to install the latest version.

Download the graphics driver manually

Usually, you will need to know the brand and model of your graphics card to download the correct driver. If you can’t locate hardware information, manufacturers like NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel provide tools to detect that the correct package has been downloaded.

These are the direct links for tools to automatically detect and download the latest video card drivers:

On the page, download the update assistant, run the tool, and follow the on-screen directions to install the driver.

If you have a Dell, HP, Lenovo, or other brand computer, you should know that manufacturers often create custom versions of device drivers to limit or allow additional capabilities. If you have an OEM computer, it is recommended that you download the driver from the computer manufacturer’s support website. Otherwise, the computer may experience unexpected behaviors, missing configurations, or you may lose some features.

How to check if a driver is installed on Windows 11

To check if the driver was installed successfully, use the following steps:

  1. Opens Started.
  2. searching for device manager And click on the top result to open the app.
  3. Make sure there is no yellow or red tick on the devices.
  4. Expand the category with the updated device.
  5. Right-click on the device and select File properties to choose.

    Open Device Manager Driver Properties

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  6. tap on Driver tab.
  7. Confirm the Driver Date and Driver Version information.

    Check Driver Version on Windows 11

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Once you complete the steps, if these details match the manufacturer’s information, the device has the latest driver version.

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