A VGA (Video Graphics Array) driver is a software on a computer that controls the information being sent to a monitor or other display devices.
In other words, it acts as a bridge between a hardware device and operating system and is needed for the computer’s smooth functioning. So, you may ponder: how to find my VGA drivers?
For this, you first need to identify one or more display adapters and their drivers through Device Manager in Windows. Then you can visit the official website of the manufacturers (Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA) to find the latest VGA drivers. You can also make use of the driver update tools provided by the manufacturers to find the precise and latest drivers for the display adapters.
How to Find My VGA Drivers?
It’s important to find and update the VGA drivers (also known as display drivers) regularly to avoid driver conflict issues and improve PC performance. It becomes particularly necessary when you upgrade the operating system or the BIOS. That way you will not have any problems with your display.
We will briefly look here at the method through which you can get to know a clear idea of your computer’s display adapters along with their drivers.
We will also see different ways through which you can find up-to-date VGA drivers for your computer.
Method 1: Find You VGA Drivers in Windows Device Manager
While heading to device manager is not the best way to update the drivers, it IS the central place for learning about your already installed drivers.
Open Device Manager. In Window 10 you can do this by right-clicking the Start Button and choosing Device Manager.
Expand the section named Display adapters.
There could be one or more entries in the list such as Standard VGA Controller, Intel Graphics, AMD Radeon, NVIDIA GeForce, etc.
Right-click on an entry and choose Properties. Then choose the Driver tab.
Here you can find all the information related to a specific display adapter and its drivers such as manufacturer, model, and driver date. You may record it.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 for other display adapters (if any) in your computer system.
Find VGA Drivers on Manufacturer’s Website
If you want to learn how to update your VGA drivers, then heading over to manufacturer can help.
There are three chief makers of display adapters namely Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA. To find the latest and updated VGA drivers you can visit the official website of these manufacturers.
Furthermore, they are available with names such as Intel HD graphics drivers, AMD Radeon drivers, or NVIDIA drivers and are usually specified by their model numbers. You can check for them according to your computer’s operating system (e.g. Windows 10 64-bit).
The information you looked up in Device Manager would help to find the proper VGA drivers according to the display adapters you have on your computer.
Find VGA Drivers Automatically Using Update Tools
You can manually find the updated VGA drivers on the manufacturer’s websites as described above.
However, it’s convenient to automatically find the latest drivers via driver update tools provided by the makers.
That way the process of finding the precise VGA drivers will become less complicated. We will briefly look at the tools provided by each manufacturer i.e. Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA.
You can download and install Intel Driver & Support Assistant tool directly from Intel’s download website. It quickly scans your computer and provides up-to-date drivers for Intel hardware including the display adapter.
For AMD Radeon Graphics, you can utilize a small application called AMD Driver Auto-Detect tool that’s available from the AMD website.
Upon successful detection, the tool will display the latest drivers for the installed AMD products.
If there’s an NVIDIA graphics card installed in your system, you can easily find the precise and latest VGA drivers for it through an online tool called NVIDIA Smart Scan.
This tool will automatically scan your system and further notify you when a new driver update is available. Note that this browser-based tool needs JAVA to be installed.
How to Find My VGA Drivers Using Windows Update
Finally, one of the most convenient ways to update the drivers for your VGA card is to head over to the Windows Update Service.
You can access this by typing “Windows Update” in the search bar or by heading over to Settings -> Update & Security.