How to Reinstall Chipset Drivers

by David Nield

Chipset drivers are small applications that control how a computer's key components--specifically the processor, memory and motherboard--interact with Microsoft Windows. They usually are pre-installed by the computer manufacturer, but you can reinstall them from other sources in an emergency.

Installation Disks

The first places to check are installation disks that came with the computer. Typically, they are labeled "Drivers" or "Recovery Disks." Instructions that came with the computer may mention them; otherwise, the disks can be browsed for the relevant drivers.

Manufacturer's Website

Chipset drivers are always available from the manufacturer's website. The manufacturer of a computer's internal components can be determined via the computer's seller, an Internet search or a diagnostics tool. Main chipset drivers usually come from the motherboard manufacturer and cover basic audio and graphics functionality. If hardware is more than 3 or 4 years old, a third-party driver library may be needed.

Device Manager

Drivers also can be updated through Device Manager in Windows' Control Panel. Right-clicking on a particular component and choosing Update Driver Software can force Windows to search for compatible updated drivers on the Internet. Matches are downloaded and installed automatically.


Chipset drivers can be installed simply by running the setup file from the installation disk or downloading them from the Internet. In most cases, a reboot is required. The setup programs that come with the drivers proceed through the update process to completion.

About the Author

An information technology journalist since 2002, David Nield writes about the Web, technology, hardware and software. He is an experienced editor, proofreader and copywriter for online publications such as CNET, TechRadar and Gizmodo. Nield holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and lives in Manchester, England.

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