Join Martin Guidry for an in-depth discussion in this video Installing and updating drivers, part of Windows 10 Administration.
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- In this section, we're going to talk about updating hardware drivers in Microsoft Windows 10. There's a few different ways to accomplish this. For me, the preferred way is still to go through the Control Panel, and we'll get into an interface very similar to previous versions of Windows. So, I'm going to open up Control Panel, and the System and Security section. The one I"m looking for is the System control panel, which will tell you some basic information about your computer, and also give you four sub-options to the left.
The one I'm interested in is the bottom one, Advanced System Settings, and that'll pull up five different tabs called System Properties. The tab I'm interested in is Hardware. That gives me two options: Device Manager and Device Installation Settings. Both of these are interesting to me in regards to drivers. So, first, we'll look at Device Manger. This is an interface very similar to what we saw in previous versions of Windows.
I can expand any item of the tree and I'll see what type of hardware devices I have in that category. I can then right click and potentially update the driver software right there, or go to Properties. In the Properties, I would look at the Driver tab, and I would have the option to get more details about the driver, update the driver, and in most cases, roll back the driver. If you've done a recent installation of a driver, you would have the option to roll back a driver here.
Again, this Device Manager interface has not changed significantly. It looks very similar to what we had in both Windows 7 and Windows 8. What is new in Windows 10 is how aggressively drivers are automatically updated. Some people like that, some people don't. Personally, I would prefer to have a little bit more control over my own drivers. So, I typically stop some of the automatic driver updating. We can do that here, from the System Property window we had open earlier.
Instead of going to Device Manager, I'll go to the other option, Device Installation Settings. I am initially presented with a very simple option, do you want to download driver sofware and icons for your devices? The default is Yes; I'm going to change that to No. I will immediately be prompted with another question, which seems redundant. It now says Always install the best driver or what I'm going to click on, Never install driver software from Windows Update.
So, with this setting that I've implemented here, drivers will no longer be automatically downloaded and updated. That will become a manual process. Again, I can't say that's the best situation for everyone. I know personally, I've gotten burnt in the past with drivers being downloaded and updated automatically and it causing a series of problems on the network. So, therefore, I usually try to disable the automatic updating of drivers, and you can do so through this interface.
Martin first reviews the various editions of both the desktop and mobile versions of Windows 10. This section covers the special features included with the Enterprise edition, and the hardware requirements for some of the new Windows 10 features. Martin also explains installing and updating drivers and configuring and optimizing the OS, including system properties and power options. Then it's a deep dive into Group Policy, including working with local groups, configuring preferences, and troubleshooting Group Policy. Martin also looks at Windows security—authentication and encryption—as well as the boot process, and concludes the course with a brief look at virtualization, networking, and backup and recovery.
- Understanding the different versions of Windows 10
- Installing and updating drivers
- Administering multitasking
- Working with Windows Group Policy
- Adding domain users and accounts to a Windows 10 PC
- Administering BitLocker and EFS
- Understanding the boot process
- Installing Client Hyper-V for Windows virtualization
- Managing Windows Firewall
- Backing up and restoring Windows 10
- Troubleshooting Windows 10