How Do I Find a Driver's Version Number?

Find the version of an installed driver in Windows

Looking for the version number of a driver you have installed? It can be very useful to know, especially when you're about to update a driver or if you're troubleshooting certain kinds of hardware problems.

Fortunately, finding a driver's version number is pretty easy, even if you've never worked with drivers or hardware in Windows before.

These directions work on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.

How Do I Find a Driver's Version Number?

You can find an installed driver's version number from within Device Manager, along with other published information about the driver. However, the steps you need to take vary somewhat depending on which operating system you're using — those differences are pointed out below.

See What Version of Windows Do I Have? if you're not sure which of these several versions of Windows is installed on your computer.

  1. Open Device Manager

    The easiest way to do this in Windows 10 or Windows 8 is from the Power User Menu (WIN+X keyboard shortcut), or with Control Panel in older versions of Windows. See Tip 4 below for some other methods that might be quicker for some people.

  2. Locate the device in Device Manager that you want to see driver information for. You can do this by opening the main categories of devices until you find the right one.

    For example, if you're trying to find the driver version number for your video card, you'd look in the Display adapters section, or in the Network adapters section for your network card, etc. You can open as many categories as you want until you find the right one.

    Use the > icon in Windows 10/8/7 to open a category of devices. The [+] icon is used in previous versions of Windows.

  3. Right-click or tap-and-hold the device when you find it, and choose Properties from that menu.

    Device Manager menu for network adapter
  4. Go into the Driver tab. If you don't see this tab, read Tip 2 below.

  5. The version of the driver is displayed next to Driver Version just a few entries down.

    driver information in Windows 10 Device Manager

    Be sure to pay attention to the Driver Provider as well. It's possible that the currently installed driver is a default driver (likely from Microsoft) in which case comparing version numbers will be of little value. Go ahead and install the updated manufacturer's driver but only if the new driver was released after the Driver Date listed.

  6. That's it! You can now close out of any windows you opened from Device Manager.

Tips and More Information

  1. Remember to choose correctly between 32-bit and 64-bit drivers when downloading updates for your hardware.

  2. The Driver tab is only accessible if you're viewing the properties of a device. In other words, make sure you right-click (or tap-and-hold) on the actual device, not the category that the device is in.

    For example, if you right-click the Display adapters section and not a device within that section, you'll see just two options: Scan for hardware changes and Properties, and opening the properties window might reveal just one or two tabs and not the one we're after.

    Device Manager menu items

    What you want to do is expand the category as noted above, and then open the properties of the hardware device. From there, you should see the Driver tab and, ultimately, the driver version, driver provider, driver date, etc.

  3. If you'd rather, there are programs called driver updaters that exist solely to help determine if a driver needs to be updated or not. They also usually show the version of the installed driver and the version of the updated driver that you can install over the old one.

    See our Free Driver Updater Tools list for more on these helpful programs.

  4. The Power User Menu and Control Panel are definitely the more commonly known ways to access Device Manager, but the same program can be opened a couple of other ways, too, like from the command line. Using a different method to open Device Manager might be faster for some people.

    See the Other Ways to Open Device Manager section in our How to Open Device Manager tutorial if you're interested in opening Device Manager from Command Prompt, the Run dialog box, or via Computer Management in Administrative Tools.

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