How to Install Motherboard Drivers

Install all or only individual drivers to keep your system updated

What to Know

  • Easiest: Search your computer's model or service code on the motherboard site. Run a scan, so it detects and updates outdated drivers.
  • Alternative: Make the same search on the computer maker's website and download and install all outdated drivers from the list.
  • Fastest: Search the manufacturer's website for drivers you've noticed have an old version date in System Information and install them.

This article includes instructions for how to install motherboard drivers, including how to determine which drivers you need and how to find and download the drivers.

Determine What Motherboard Drivers You Need

Understanding how to install motherboard drivers is important for a number of reasons. You might be building a new PC, upgrading your existing PC, or want to ensure your computer is running the latest device drivers.

The motherboard in your computer is unique to the make and model of your computer. For this reason, the only way to know which exact drivers you need is to determine the brand and model number of the motherboard inside your computer.

  1. Select the Start menu and type System. Select the System Information app.

    Screenshot of opening system information
  2. Select System Summary from the tree in the left pane. Look for the three pieces of information in the right pane that start with BaseBoard. This includes the Manufacturer, Product code, and Version of your motherboard. Note these for later.

    Screenshot of motherboard make and model
  3. If you are only interested in installing motherboard drivers for specific components, select Components from the tree in the left pane. You can select components like Sound Device or Display to see driver information for those devices. Look for Driver in the Item field. The information in the Value field contains the path and name of the driver file.

    Screenshot of component drivers

    The Name and Manufacturer fields will provide you with which company manufactured the component. With this information and the name of the driver file, you can locate the latest driver on the manufacturer's website. Alternatively, you could install and run third-party driver updater tools to handle the process for you.

Find and Download Driver Files

You can download and install all of the latest drivers for your motherboard, or just individual ones, by visiting the manufacturer's website for your motherboard.

  1. Every motherboard manufacturer website typically has an area dedicated to drivers. You can usually find this by searching the site for "drivers," or finding a link to the driver section.

    Screenshot of manufacturer website drivers
  2. On the driver search page, you can either search by the driver model number you obtained in the System Information window, the computer model, or the service code printed on your computer.

    Screenshot of searching for product
  3. On the search results page, you'll see a list of drivers. However, in some cases, the site may have an option to scan your computer to determine which drivers are out of date.

    Screenshot of manufacturer driver listings
  4. If there is a driver search page and you want to update specific motherboard drivers rather than all of them, you can usually use the name of the driver file you obtained from the System Information window to find the driver.

    Screenshot of manually finding driver
  5. Once you've found the motherboard driver you want to update on your system, select the Download button next to that file.

    Screenshot of downloading a device driver
  6. Find where the driver file was downloaded. This is typically either an EXE file, in which case you can open it. Or it could be a ZIP file, which you can extract the driver files from (see below).

    Screenshot of opening driver
  7. The executable file is typically a wizard which will step through the driver installation process automatically, usually with little interaction required from you. For this option just select Install. If you are worried about other software getting installed or want to handle the install manually, select Extract.

    Screenshot of driver options

    Selecting Extract is the same as extracting driver files if you've downloaded a ZIP file from your manufacturer's website. The rest of the steps will be the same.

  8. Choose a location to save the extracted driver files and select OK.

    Screenshot of extracting driver
  9. Go to the folder where you extracted the driver files. You should see an EXE file there. Right-click it and select Run as Administrator.

    Screenshot of running driver
  10. This will launch the driver installation wizard. Since the driver is already installed on your computer, you'll see several installation options. Choosing either Modify or Repair will update the driver on your system.

    Screenshot of launching driver
  11. Once the motherboard driver update is done, you'll see a Finish button to move to the final step.

    Screenshot of driver install finish
  12. You'll see an option to restart your computer. You select this as soon as possible so the changes take effect. Select Finish to restart your computer.

    Screenshot of restarting PC
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