Software & Apps Windows How to Update Your Graphics Driver in Windows Get better performance with an updated video card By Christina Wood Writer Christina Wood has been covering technology for 15+ years. She has contributed to Family Circle, PC World, PC Magazine, CIO, Yahoo and many other publications. our editorial process LinkedIn Christina Wood Updated January 22, 2020 gorodenkoff/Getty Images Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide Tweet Share Email When you're gaming on a Windows PC, you may find your game lags and stutters or images aren't as spectacular as you wish. Don't buy a new computer quite yet. It may just need an update to the graphics card driver. Keep reading to learn how to update a graphics driver. The instructions in this article are demonstrated using Windows 10. However, they should generally apply to Windows 8 and Windows 7 as well. How to Update a Graphics Card Driver For the most part, and in most casual computer use situations, you never have to update the graphics driver. But if you're gaming, doing 3D graphics, or using your system for video intensive work, it's a good idea to keep your graphics driver updated. There are a lot of ways to go about this that can take time and are confusing, but your Windows computer is smart enough to bypass most of the confusion and find what it needs. You just have to know how to ask it do that. Right-click the Start button on your Windows 10 computer, then select Device Manager. Windows will display all the devices inside and attached to your computer. Look for Display Adapters and select the arrow to the left of it to display all the graphics controllers in your computer. Right-click the name of your graphics card or display adapter, then select Update Driver. Windows will ask if you want it to find a newer driver. Select Search Automatically for Driver Software to search for a newer driver for your card. If Windows finds an update, it will install it automatically. How to Update Graphics Driver Manually For many gaming and high-end video or 3D graphics cards, you have to go directly the graphics card maker's site to find the most up-to-date drivers for your gaming and intensive graphics purposes. Right-click the Start button on your Windows 10 computer, then select Device Manager. Look for Display Adapters and select the arrow to the left of it to display all the graphics controllers in your computer. Right-click the name of your graphics card or display adapter, then select Properties. Windows will tell you the exact model of your graphics card in the pop-up menu that comes up. Write that down. Go to the website of the company that makes your driver. The links below will take you directly to the graphics driver download page of that company. NVIDIA Driver DownloadsAMD Graphics Driver DownloadsIntel Graphics Driver Downloads On the site, locate the model of your graphics card and downloaded the correct driver for your particular graphics card. Hardware companies make it easy for you to find what you're looking for. NVIDIA, for example, offers a drop-down menu that takes you directly to the model of GPU or graphics controller you have. Right-click the Start button, then select Device Manager. Expand Display Adapters, right-click the name of your graphics card, then select Update Driver > Browse My Computer for Driver Software. Select Browse to locate the driver update file you downloaded. Unless you saved your new driver someplace specific, you'll find it in your Downloads folder, under Users. Once you have located it, select it, then select OK. Windows will begin to install your new driver. Follow the instructions, then restart your computer.