How to Update a Graphics Driver

by Kefa Olang ; Updated September 28, 2017

Graphics drivers are pieces of software that allow your graphics card to communicate with your computer so you can view images on your computer screen. Outdated drivers can at times cause image display problems, including choppy or unclear images or even no image at all. Windows includes utilities that allow you to update your graphics drivers quickly without going through a complicated, rigorous process.

Windows 7 Users

Click the Windows "Start" menu and choose the "Control Panel." Click "System and Maintenance" and click "Device Manager." If prompted, type your administrator password and click "OK" to launch the Device Manager.

Click the plus symbol (+) next to the "Display Adapters" category. You should see the graphics driver you are using. Double-click the graphics driver. A new dialog box launches.

Click the "Driver" tab and click "Update Driver." An installation wizard launches. Follow the guided prompts on the installation wizard to complete the update. When prompted, close the Device Manager and restart your computer.

Windows Vista Users

Right-click the desktop and click "Personalize" to launch the "Personalize appearance and sounds" dialog box.

Click "Display Settings" and select the "Monitor" tab. Click the "Advanced Settings" button. A new dialog box launches. Click "Properties" and choose the "Driver" tab.

Click "Update Driver." An installation wizard launches. Follow the guided prompts on the installation wizard to complete the update. When prompted, close the Device Manager and restart your computer.

About the Author

Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.

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