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 Run a scan so it detects and updates outdated drivers.
  • Alternative: Make the same search on the computer maker's website and download and install all outdated drivers from the list.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 installing 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 several 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.

    Searching for and opening System Information in Windows 10.
  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.

    System Summary > Baseboard in Windows System Information.
  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.

    Component drivers in Windows System Information.

    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 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.

    Drivers and Downloads on Dell website.
  2. 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 on the driver search page.

    Searching for product on Dell website.
  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.

    Check for updates button on Dell driver page.
  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.

    Manual driver search.
  5. Once you've found the motherboard driver you want to update on your system, select the Download button next to that file.

    Driver Download button.
  6. Find where the driver file was downloaded. This is typically 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).

    Open option on driver download.
  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, select Install. If you are worried about other software getting installed or want to handle the install manually, select Extract.

    Install button on driver download.

    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.

    OK button on Browse for Folder dialog in driver update installation.
  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.

    Run as Adminstrator in right-click menu during driver update.
  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.

    Modify and Repair buttons on driver installation wizard.
  11. Once the motherboard driver update is done, you'll see a Finish button to move to the last step.

    Finish button on driver installation wizard
  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.

    Finish button to complete driver install and restart computer.
  • How do I install motherboard drivers from a CD?

    To install a driver from a disk, insert the CD, right-click the motherboard in Device Manager, and choose Update Driver. Select Browse my computer for driver software > Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer > Have Disk and navigate to it. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

  • How do I install motherboard drivers from USB?

    You can download the drivers from a manufacturer's website to a USB device. Then, connect the USB drive to the computer and move the drivers to your PC. Open the driver files and follow the prompts to install them.

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