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How to install Windows 10 drivers

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How to install Windows 10 drivers: You bought a new device for your computer, so you need to install its drivers on Windows 10 but you can’t? Have you installed a new component on a PC equipped with Windows 10 and don’t know how to correctly configure its drivers? Don’t worry: if you want, I’m here to help you out.

In today’s guide, in fact, I will show you how to install Windows 10 drivers using the default tools of the Microsoft home operating system. First of all, I will show you how to perform this procedure automatically, via Windows Update. After that, in case the procedure in question does not have a positive result, I will explain how to install the drivers of the devices of your interest through some manual procedures. Finally, in case you need to install drivers that are not digitally signed, I will explain how to solve this problem too.

Then? How about you immediately start reading the tips I have prepared for you? Courage: all you have to do is sit comfortably in front of your PC and carefully follow the procedures illustrated in the next chapters. There is nothing left for me to do, except to wish you a good read and, above all, good luck!

Preliminary information


Before getting to the heart of the tutorial, I want to tell you one important thing: to install any driver on Windows 10 , in the vast majority of cases, just use the tools included in the operating system.

My advice, therefore, is to stay away from all those software that allow you to perform the installation and / or update of the drivers automatically. In fact, these solutions are often used to convey malware, infest the PC with unwelcome advertisements and more. Not to mention the fact that, often, they download wrong drivers that do nothing but worsen the stability of the system.

In short: to install the drivers on Windows 10 try to rely exclusively on the “standard” solutions I’m about to tell you about. Then don’t tell me I didn’t warn you!

Install drivers on Windows 10 via Windows Update

Windows Update Windows 10

Like its predecessors, Windows 10 is equipped with a tool, called Windows Update , which allows you to keep the operating system up to date, with regards to security patches and firmware updates of Microsoft and third-party products.

This free feature is enabled by default in the operating system, allowing the automatic download and installation of all the components necessary to keep Windows 10 up to date and safe, including drivers.

To install the drivers of a new device connected to the computer, generally nothing needs to be done: if the drivers are available on Windows Update, the system will automatically download and install them within a few seconds and the thing will be notified on the screen (in the lower right corner).

To search for updates for the drivers already present on the PC, use the combination of Windows + I keys or right-click on the Start button (the flag located in the lower left corner of the screen), and select the Settings item from the context menu, to access the Windows settings.

After starting the Windows 10 settings panel, select the Update and security> Windows Update items and press the Check for updates button , which is located in the area on the right.

By doing so, Windows Update will search for any available updates for your PC. In case it finds any, it will download and install the necessary components. In some cases, you will be prompted to restart the operating system to confirm the update of drivers or security patches. In this case, simply press the Restart now button and wait for the procedure to complete.

Install drivers on Windows 10 via executable

Samsung driver installation with executable

In the event that Windows Update does not find any driver to install on your PC, you can consider resorting to the manual installation of the drivers , through the file packages downloadable from the manufacturer’s website.

For example, if you purchased an Epson printer and Windows Update does not automatically install the necessary drivers, by reaching the Epson website , you can search for the device model, download the necessary drivers and install the latter like any other program ( by starting the .exe or .msi package and always clicking on Next ).

In the following lines, I will show you some of my guides dedicated to downloading the drivers of some of the major hardware manufacturers.

Note: for some older devices, you may be provided with .zip packages with drivers in .inf format , to be installed manually. To find out how to install them on Windows 10 “manually”, follow the procedure that you can find in the next chapter of the tutorial.

Install the drivers manually on Windows 10

WIndows 10 device management

If you want to manually install a driver for Windows 10 , what you need to do is follow the procedures that I will show you in the next lines.

First, right-click on the Start button (the flag icon located in the lower left corner of the screen) and select the Device Manager item from the context menu.

Now, in the panel you see, click on the + icon , located next to the type of component you want to update, in order to expand all the grouped items, and identify the component for which you want to install the drivers: the items listed without an installed driver are marked with an icon with an exclamation mark .

After you have selected the component, regardless of whether you need to install the driver for the first time or update it, right-click on it and choose Update driver from the menu that opens.

In the screen that is shown to you, then click on the item Search automatically for an updated driver , to take advantage of the automatic driver installation functionality and, if successful, the drivers will be downloaded and installed from the Internet.

Device manager Windows 10 automatic driver installation

If this option does not work, repeat the above procedure, however clicking on the item Search the driver software on your computer .

At this point, using the Browse button , locate the folder relating to the package that you previously downloaded from the manufacturer’s website, thanks to the instructions I indicated in the previous chapter . Finally, press the Next button and wait for the driver installation.

Device management Windows 10 manual installation

In the event that not even this procedure is successful, in the driver installation and update screen, click on the items Search for driver software on your computer> Choose from a list of drivers available on your computer .

Then press the Disc driver button and, in the box that is shown to you, use the Browse button , to locate the folder where the drivers you downloaded previously are located.

Then select the driver .inf file and press the Next button to complete the operation. If you should see a notification panel, press Yes to validate the driver installation.

Device manager Windows 10 manual installation of INF files

In case you want to connect a very old hardware component, which is not recognized by Windows 10, you can use the Hardware Legacy functionality . In the Device Management panel , click on the items Action> Add Legacy Hardware and, in the screen you see, press the Next button .

Once this is done, activate the item Install the manually selected hardware from a list and press the Next button . At this point, select the category of hardware you want to install on your computer and then press the Next and Disc driver buttons .

Finally, all you have to do is press the Browse button and locate the .inf file , in the folder where the downloaded drivers are. Then press the Next button to confirm the procedure.

Install Windows 10 drivers without digital signature

Windows 10 driver installation without signature

When you install a driver on Windows 10, this is provided, in almost all cases, with a digital signature , which allows to guarantee the reliability of the software. This digital signature is essential if you want the guarantee that the driver you are about to install is safe for your computer.

In some cases, however, some drivers may not have a digital signature, although they come from reliable sources. Windows 10, despite the reliability of the source, does not allow its installation unless it first disables the signature check.

To disable the signature check for drivers, open the Windows settings panel, using the key combination Windows + I or by right-clicking on the Start button and choosing the Settings item from the contextual menu.

In the panel that you see on the screen, choose the items Update and security> Recovery and press the Restart now button , under the wording Advanced startup . In doing so, the computer will restart, showing you the advanced PC startup screen.

Now, among the different options you see, select the items Troubleshooting> Advanced options> See other recovery options> Startup settings , then press the numeric key corresponding to the item Disable driver signature imposition and wait for the PC to restart.

The computer will then restart without checking the digital signature on the drivers. You will thus be able to follow the procedures that I have indicated in the previous chapters to manually install the driver of your interest.

Next, reboot the system in standard mode and you’re done.