How To: Update Vista/Windows 7 Drivers Instantly

Most of the Windows users don’t know the fact that hardware drivers play a vital role in the performance of Windows. Having a faulty/outdated driver may cause many serious performance related issues including the big blue screen of death (BSOD).


We need not to have third-party software like DriverMax to update installed drivers or even you don’t need to uninstall the present version of the driver to install the latest one. You can easily update the drivers with a few clicks if you follow the simple instructions given below.


1. You need to open the Device Manager first. To open Windows Device Manager, type in devmgmt.msc either in Start menu search box or run dialog box and hit enter to validate.

2. Click continue button if you are presented with UAC prompt.

3. Next find out the device for which you want to update the driver. For instance, you can expand the Display Adapters tree to know about the graphics related hardware.

device management

4. Right click on the device and select “Update driver software” option. Here you will be presented with two options to choose the update type. You can select “Search automatically for updated driver software” as you don’t have offline copy of the driver.

update driver

5. Once you select the option, Windows will check for the latest updates and will update the driver.

Don’t worry if the device fails to work after updating the driver. You can roll back to the previous version by choosing the Roll Back option. To get Roll Back Driver option, right-click on the device, select “Properties” and then switch to “Driver” tab.



  1. Nathaniel Fleur says

    Thank you into Windows for this review. I just checked out Device Doctor and it’s interesting but I also came across with another popular tool today for updating drivers: driver detective software – Which one is better for me? Any feedback guys?..thanks

  2. steven pritchard says

    tried all that it doesnt work Windows says best update already installed but its hasnt a digital signature therefore cant let it fekn work sorry
    all dvd blu rays were working before windows update
    goddam piece of crap

  3. adam says

    i am trying to update my graphics card driver software so i can play amnesia but when i do as this website tells me it says i got the latest software any help would be much apreciated

  4. Matthijs says

    Is it possible to do this in one go for all the items in the device manager? I just installed windows and now I have to do this for all the items that need it (including video, sound etc.).

  5. William says

    Windows dosent keep up to date with all the driver updates for every product outside their control. This process only works for known driver updates via Windows. They dont go out of their way to find all your updates.

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