Updating your graphics card: 12 steps (with pictures)

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Updating your graphics card: 12 steps (with pictures)
Updating your graphics card: 12 steps (with pictures)
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This wikiHow teaches you how to manually update your Windows computer's drivers. While graphics card drivers are usually updated when your computer installs an extended update or patch, some third-party graphics cards may not update properly. If your graphics card has burned out, you may need to install a new one. Unfortunately, updating your Mac's operating system is the only way to update a Mac's graphics card.

Steps

Part 1 of 2: Finding your graphics card name

Update a Graphics Card Step 1

Step 1. Open Start

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Click the Windows logo in the lower left corner of the screen.

Update a Graphics Card Step 2

Step 2. Run the 'dxdiag' command

Type dxdiag, and click the purple-yellow dxdiagicon at the top of the Start window.

Update a Graphics Card Step 3

Step 3. Click Yes to confirm

This will cause Windows to determine the type of your graphics card and open a new window.

Your computer may attempt to connect to the Internet to compare your graphics card with others on the product page

Update a Graphics Card Step 4

Step 4. Click on the Display tab

It's at the top of the window.

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Step 5. Find the name of your graphics card

Look at the text in the 'Name' section at the top left of the window. This is the name of your graphics card as recognized by your computer.

At this point you can close the window

Part 2 of 2: Updating graphics drivers

Update a Graphics Card Step 6

Step 1. Open Start

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Click the Windows logo in the lower left corner of the screen.

  • You can also press ⊞ Win+X for the Start context menu and then Device Manager. If you do this, skip the next step.
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Step #2. Open Device Manager

Type device manager and click Device Manager at the top of the Start menu.

Update a Graphics Card Step 8

Step 3. Expand the "Display Adapters" group

Click on the icon

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to the left of this header, or double-click the header. Several options should appear below.

If this section has indented monitor-shaped options below it, it's already expanded

Update a Graphics Card Step 9

Step 4. Select your graphics card

To do this, click the header with the same name as your computer's graphics card.

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Step 5. Click on the 'Update' button

It's a black box with an upward-facing green arrow that you'll find at the top of the Device Manager window.

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Step 6. Click Search for updated driver software automatically

This option is at the top of the pop-up window. Your computer will now search for drivers for your graphics card.

  • If Device Manager reports that the graphics card has been updated, you can click Search Windows Update click to determine whether or not a system update is available.
Update a Graphics Card Step 12

Step 7. Wait for the graphics card to be updated

As long as updated drivers are available, Device Manager will download and install them for you, although you may be asked to confirm this decision or navigate through a few options on the screen.

If you're using Windows Update, allow the update to download and install the update when prompted. This will usually update other parts of your computer's operating system, so expect the update to take a long time

Tips

  • It is best to update your computer's graphics card if you are unable to view images in certain applications, or if menus and other interface elements remain on the screen after moving or closing them. Updating the graphics card can often resolve existing graphics and graphics issues.
  • Most graphics cards are automatically updated through Windows Update. Enabling automatic updates ensures that your graphics card always has the latest drivers installed.

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