A driver acts as a bridge between the software and hardware of your computer, which basically means, that for every hardware component present physically on your computer, the operating system requires a driver that will enable the critical functionality of communication between them.
Moreover, every hardware component has its own specific driver and can function properly only using that. Hence, it becomes imperative to identify what drivers you require in order to facilitate the functionality.
Now, AMD has a significantly less market share when compared to Intel, and due to that fact, finding drivers for the specific hardware can prove to be tricky at times. However, today in this guide, for your ease of convenience, we will showcase all the ways you can update your AMD drives completely hassle-free and in a straightforward way.
When to Update Drivers?
When it comes to drivers of your PC, if you are not facing any issues, you definitely do not need to update them. However, in case you have been experiencing some unusual problems, errors, or a loss of functionality suddenly, updating the driver might be a possible fix.
To add to that, do note, that this is not applicable in every scenario, many times a newer driver may bring some instabilities and bugs to the otherwise perfectly operating system. Moreover, typically Windows itself takes care of keeping all your drivers up-to-date. Though, there can be a possibility of a couple of drivers missing out on the update.
Now that you understand when to update a driver on your system, let’s head to the different ways of updating them.
There are several ways you can update the driver, while some require minimal intervention from your side, some rely completely on the inputs provided by you, and require the driver to be manually installed on your system. You can choose any of the ways listed below depending on your requirements and ease of convenience.
Method 1: Update AMD Drivers Using Windows Update
As mentioned earlier in this guide, Windows usually automatically takes care of the updates; and many times when a non-critical driver update is available, it resides under the Optional Updates category and just sits there till you manually install it. This is one of the most convenient ways to update your drivers.
To do so, first, head to the Start Menu and click on the ‘Settings’ icon tile present under the ‘Pinned apps’ section to continue. Otherwise, type Settings in the menu to perform a search for it. Alternatively, you can also press the Windows+I keys together on your keyboard to open the app.
Then, on the Settings window, click on the ‘Windows Update’ tab present at the bottom of the left sidebar to proceed.
After that, from the right section of the window, locate and click on the ‘Advanced options’ tile present under the ‘More options’ section to continue.
Then, on the next screen, scroll down to locate and click on the ‘Optional updates’ tile present under the ‘Additional options’ section to proceed.
Now, on the ‘Optional updates’ screen, click on the ‘Driver updates’ tile to expand the section. Once expanded, locate the driver you are specifically looking for, ‘AMD’ will be a prefix or suffix in the name of an AMD driver. Once located, click on the checkbox preceding the option to select the driver and click on the ‘Download & install’ button present at the bottom right corner of the tile to proceed and install the driver on the system.
You can then monitor the driver download and installation progress from the ‘Windows Update’ page in the Settings app. You may also get a prompt after the installation of the driver stating that a restart is required; then click on the ‘Restart now’ button present on the prompt to restart immediately or click on the ‘Restart later’ to restart the system at your own convenient time.
Method 2: Update AMD Drivers from the Device Manager
Another way to update drivers is through the ‘Device Manager’. The Device Manager lists various hardware and peripherals connected to the system that allows you to not only control them but also recognize their hardware manufacture, which can come in really handy to recognize the AMD manufactured hardware on your system.
To do so, first, head to the Start Menu and type Device Manager to perform a search for it. Then, from the search results, click on the ‘Device Manager’ tile to proceed.
Now, on the Device Manager window, locate and double-click on the section you wish to update the driver for (to showcase, we are using the ‘Display adapters’ section). After that, from the expanded section, right-click on the ‘AMD’ component to reveal the context menu and click to select the ‘Update driver’ option from the menu. This will open a separate window on your screen.
Now, from the separately opened window, click on the ‘Search automatically for drivers’ option if you would like to let the Windows search for drivers automatically from the Windows server.
Otherwise, click on the ‘Browse me computer for driver’ option to open a File Explorer window on your screen and locate the driver package manually from your computer storage.
Method 3: Download Drivers from the Official AMD Website
In case you are not able to update your drivers using the aforementioned methods, you can simply head on to the official AMD website and find the drivers for the installed hardware on your PC completely hassle-free.
To do so, head to amd.com/support using your preferred browser. Once the website has loaded, click on the drop-down menu following the ‘Search for products’ option and then type in your AMD product name to perform a search.
Once the search results populate, click on the item that is installed on your Windows computer. After that, click on the ‘Submit’ button present on the page to continue. This will redirect you to the product support page.
Alternatively, you can also use the list present on the page, first, select the category of the product you wish to update, Then, from the expanded list, generation/ series of the product to further expand the list. Now, select the specific product generation to continue. Finally, click to select the model number of the hardware component that is installed on your computer. Once you have selected the installed component, click on the ‘Submit’ button to continue. This will redirect you to another webpage.
Once you are on the product page that you wish to update the driver, click on the ‘Windows 11’ option present under the ‘Drivers and software’ option to expand the section.
Now, from the expanded section of the page, locate the edition most suitable for your hardware type and click on the ‘Download’ button present on the far right edge of each listing. This will download a .EXE file on your computer.
Next, head to your default downloads directory and double-click on the downloaded file to run the package.
Now, a UAC (User Account Control) window will appear on your screen. If you are not signed in using an admin account, enter the credentials for one. Otherwise, click on the ‘Yes’ button to proceed.
Then, from the installer window, click on the ‘Install’ button to proceed and install the driver on your Windows 11 system.
Once installed, you might receive a prompt for restarting your PC to let the changes apply. Click on the ‘Restart Now’ button present on the promo to restart the PC immediately.
Method 4: Update Drivers Using Official AMD Auto-Detect Tool
In case navigating and finding the correct driver on the official website feels like too daunting of a task, you can also install the ‘AMD Auto-Detect Tool’ that will identify the components installed on your system and suggest the latest available drivers for them.
To download the AMD Auto-Detect Tool, head to amd.com/support using your preferred browser. Once the website is loaded, click on the ‘Download Now’ button present on the webpage to initiate the download.
Once downloaded, head to the default downloads directory using the File Explorer, and double-click on the .EXE file you just downloaded to run the installer.
Now, a UAC (User Account Control) window will appear on your screen. If you are not signed in with an admin account, enter the credentials for one. Otherwise, click on the ‘Yes’ button to proceed.
Then, on the installer window, click on the ‘Install’ button to commence the installation of the software on your system. By default, the software will be installed in the ‘Program Files’ folder in the Windows installer drive. In case you wish to change the directory, click on the ‘Browse’ button to open a File Explorer window and select the desired directory for installation.
Once installed, the software will automatically execute itself and check the installed AMD drivers and hardware on your Windows PC. It may take a few minutes to do so, let the process run and wait patiently.
Once the tool detects the installed hardware, it will recommend the available updates on the window. To tweak driver update settings, click on the ‘Additional Options’ button present under the individual driver update tile to expand the section.
From the expanded section, click on the dropdown menu present right under the ‘Install Type’ to either go for a ‘Full Install’ that that enables advanced functionalities for the hardware along with the full feature interface, or you can choose the ‘Minimal Install’ that will provide the feature interface but without the advanced functionalities. Otherwise, you can also choose the ‘Driver Only’ option which will not provide any advanced functionalities or the user interface and will only update the driver.
Note: The options in the dropdown menu may vary depending on the type of update available for the installed driver.
Next, you can change the default installation location of the driver by clicking on the ‘Browse’ button present under the ‘Install Location’ section. This will open a separate File Explorer window on your screen to manually navigate and select the desired directory.
In case you wish to roll back the driver to ‘Factory state’, you can do so by clicking on the checkbox preceding the ‘Factory Reset’ option to do so.
Once you have tweaked the options as per your requirements, click on the ‘Install’ button to commence the installation of the AMD driver on your Windows PC.
Once the installation is complete, the AMD Auto-Detect Tool might give you a prompt to restart the system in order to let the changes apply. Click on the ‘Restart Now’ button to restart the system immediately, otherwise, click on the ‘Restart later’ option to restart the PC at your convenience.
And that’s it, folks, you have successfully updated an AMD driver present on your Windows 11 PC.
There you go people, hopefully, this guide will help you update AMD drivers present on your device efficiently.