How to Update Graphics Driver in Windows 11
4 easy methods to update the graphics driver on your Windows 11 PC.
Typically Windows itself handles all driver updates for your hardware, if and when available. However, there can be times when you, on your own, have to update the graphic drivers of your Windows 11 system.
Otherwise, there could also be a peculiar scenario where you are experiencing screen flickering, stuttering, or brightness issues on your panel, which definitely does not completely render your PC unusable, however, definitely hampers the usability of your machine.
Fortunately, updating the graphics driver in Windows 11 is a fairly easy process with multiple approaches that can accommodate everyone’s preference and comfort to achieve the desired results and straighten out issues if you are facing any.
Hence, let’s begin with the methods requiring the least amount of intervention from your side and progress onto methods that are more reliant on your inputs.
Method 1: Update Graphics Driver from the Settings App
If you have recently reset your PC or upgraded/downgraded your system, chances are your graphics driver has also been impacted by it. In case a newer version of the driver is available, Windows will automatically list it out to you in the Optional Updates section which you can straightaway download and install on your system without much hassle.
To update your graphics driver this way, first. head to the Start Menu and click on the ‘Settings’ tile present under the ‘Pinned apps’ section. Otherwise, type Settings in the menu to perform a search for it.
After that, from the left sidebar present on the Settings window, click on the ‘Windows Update’ tab to proceed.
Then, from the right section of the window, locate and click on the ‘Advanced options’ tile present under the ‘More options’ section to continue.
Next, locate the ‘Additional options’ section and click on the ‘Optional updates’ tile present under it to proceed.
On the next screen, click on the ‘Drivers update’ tile expand the section. Then, locate the listing for your display/graphic driver under the section and click on the checkbox preceding the option to select it. After that, click on the ‘Download & install’ button to initiate the download of the driver.
Method 2: Update Graphics Driver from the Device Manager
In case you have not reset, downgraded/upgraded your system, or the graphics driver is simply not available in the ‘Optional updates’ section. You can also download the latest available driver for your hardware right from the Device Manager.
To do so, 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 open it.
Alternatively, you can also open Device Manager using a ‘Run’ command. To do so, press the Windows+R keys together on your keyboard to bring the Run command utility on your screen. Then, type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter on your keyboard to open it.
Then, on the ‘Device Manager’ window, locate the ‘Display adapters’ tab and click on the chevron preceding the option to expand the section. After that, right-click on your primary graphic card (in case you have more than one) and select the ‘Update driver’ option from the context menu. This will open a separate window on your screen.
Now, from the separately opened window, click on the ‘Search automatically for drivers’ option present on the window to let Windows search for a driver automatically and install it on your system.
Otherwise, if you have already downloaded the driver package, click on the ‘Browse my computer for drivers’ option to open a File Explorer window and browse the file.
Method 3: Use Nvidia GeForce Experience for Nvidia GPUs
Note: This method is only for computers having the Nvidia graphics hardware installed on them.
If your computer has an Nvidia graphics card installed, you will most probably have the GeForce experience installed on it. The GeForce Experience is proprietary software by Nvidia that lets you tweak your Graphics card along with serving as a single window to launch any of the games present on your Windows.
However, if you do not have GeForce Experience downloaded on your system, follow the simple steps below and you will be done before you even realize it.
Download & Install GeForce Experience
Downloading and installing GeForce Experience is a very simple and straightforward process. The software can be downloaded and installed on your system just like any other regular software.
To download GeForce Experience, first, head to nvidia.com/geforce-experience/download/ using your preferred browser. Then, once the webpage loads completely, click on the ‘Download Now’ button to download the latest build of the software. The download should commence immediately.
Once the download has been completed, head to your default downloads directory, and double-click on the
.EXE file you just download to initiate the installation process.
Now, on the next screen, click on the ‘Agree & Install’ button present on the bottom right corner of the window.
GeForce Experience will now start to install the software on your system.
Update Graphics Driver Using GeForce Experience
Once you have downloaded and installed the GeForce Experience on your machine, you can now update the graphics driver of your system.
To do so, first, head to the Start Menu and type GeForce to perform a search. Then, from the search results, click on the ‘GeForce Experience’ tile to proceed.
After that, from the ‘GeForce Experience’ window click on the ‘Drivers’ tab to proceed.
Now, on the ‘Driver’s screen, click on the ‘Check for Updates’ button to check for new drivers. If a driver is available, click on the ‘Download Now’ button to update the driver.
Method 4: Force Reinstall Graphics Driver
If none of the solutions are working for you till now, you can also force reinstall the latest Graphics Driver by uninstalling the driver from the Device Manager and letting the Windows push the latest graphics driver to the system as an update.
To get the latest graphics driver this way, first, head to the Start Menu and type Device Manager to perform a search. Then, from the search results, click on the ‘Device Manager’ tile to open it.
After that, on the Device Manager screen, locate the ‘Display adapters’ tab and click on the preceding chevron to expand the section. After that, right-click on your primary graphics card and click on the ‘Uninstall device’ from the context menu to proceed. This will open a separate window on your screen.
Now, from the separately opened window, click on the checkbox preceding the ‘Attempt to remove the driver for this device’ and click on the ‘Uninstall’ button present at the bottom section of the window to continue. This will remove the device and its drive from your system.
After that, head to the Start Menu and click on the ‘Power’ icon to reveal the overflow menu. Then, click on the ‘Restart’ option to restart your device.
When restarting, Windows will automatically detect the graphics card present in the machine.
Once restarted, head to the Start Menu and click on the ‘Settings’ tile present under the ‘Pinned apps’ section to proceed. Otherwise, type Settings in the menu to perform a search for it.
After that, from the left sidebar of the Settings window, click on the ‘Windows Update’ tab to continue.
Then, from the right section of the window, click on the ‘Advanced options’ tile present under the ‘More options’ section.
After that, scroll down to locate and click on the ‘Optional updates’ tile to proceed.
Then, on the next screen, click on the ‘Driver updates’ tile to expand it. Finally, you should be able to locate the graphics driver listing under the section. Now, click on the checkbox preceding the individual listing and then click on the ‘Download & Install’ button to download and install the latest graphics driver on your system.