Windows 10: You can soon quickly load new drivers via Device Manager

Windows 10 driver upgrade

On Windows 10, drivers are necessary for your devices to
communicate with other devices and the operating system. By
default, Windows 10 ships with a range of generic drivers for
monitor (display), wireless connections like Bluetooth,
keyboards, mouse, and other hardware installed by the
manufacturer.

Windows 10 typically downloads and
installs drivers automatically via Windows Update, but they
are not always the latest version, especially graphics and
wireless drivers.

To install drivers manually, users need to open Device Manager
and locate the device that requires a new driver. Once found,
users need to right-click and select “Properties”, and from
there, they need to click on the update the driver option to
load the new package downloaded from the manufacturer’s
website.

Identifying the correct device is another issue and you have to
search them out manually. In the preview builds, Microsoft
appears to be testing a new feature that will allow users to
quickly install new drivers without first identifying the
device. Microsoft is also introducing new options to filter the
list of installed drivers and devices.

To install new drivers, you can now click on the “Add driver”
option, as shown in the below screenshot.

Windows 10 Device Manager

It’s important to remember noting that this feature works only
when you’re adding a driver for applicable devices. It
cannot be used to update existing drivers. If you want to
update existing drivers, you will still need to find the device
that requires a driver update and select “Update Driver.”

New options in Device Manager

In addition, Microsoft has also enabled support for these new
drivers focused views:

  • Devices by drivers: This new option lists the drivers and
    devices using .inf files. It can help you identify devices
    using a particular driver. Once you’ve identified the driver,
    you should be able to remove it instantly.
  • Drivers by type: This new option lists inf driver files by
    the type of device.
  • Drivers by devices: This new option list the devices and
    their .inf files.

These new options are designed for power users and anyone can
use it to manage drivers more easily. The above new options
were added with Windows 10 Build 21343 and it will be rolled
out widely with the Sun Valley update in October or November.

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