Windows 10 comes with a library of pre-installed drivers. Drivers are the intermediary between the operating system and the hardware of your device. It aids the operating system in making sure that the system performs at its best. In other words, it allows Windows 10 to communicate and control other applications installed on your PC. Also, without the drivers, external gadgets plugged into your PC won’t work. In many cases, Windows automatically installs whatever application or gadget you want, ensuring it works perfectly. Other times, Windows might have to connect to the internet for more information on how to complete the task.
In rare cases, you might plug in an outdated version of an app or gadget that Windows have little or no info about. Or a software package on your PC suddenly crashes and an odd message like “new driver needed” pops up. What you need to do in this case is to locate the Windows driver for that software and install an updated version. Installing modern drivers is quite easy as they come with an automatic installation program. The worst Windows 10 drivers, on the other hand, leave all the dirty work for you.
How to Determine Windows 10 Driver Versions
Checking the versions of a driver installed on Windows 10 doesn’t have to be difficult. Understanding the fundamentals of the driver versions on Windows 10 can be helpful in determining whether or not an update is required. To ensure performance and stability, manufacturers make it mandatory for every user to update their Windows 10 drivers. The updates may include fixing bugs or adding new features.
There are two ways to check Windows 10 drivers. These include Device Manager and Power Shell
Option 1: Device Manager
Follow these steps to check the version of Windows 10 driver using Device Manager
- Click on Start
- Type in device manager in the search box and click on it to open the experience
- Choose your device from the long list of results displayed
- Right-click the device and click on Properties option
- Scroll to and click on the Driver tab to see the driver version of the product and date of installation, among others
Option 2: PowerShell
Alternatively, you can use PowerShell to determine the driver version of a product on Windows 10. Here’s how
Click on the start
Open the PowerShell console by typing PowerShell in the start menu
Right-click on the program and select Run as administrator
Input the following command to display a list of drivers on your PC and then hit the enter button
Get-WmiObject Win32_PnPSignedDriver| select devicename, driverversion
On the screen will be a display of the Windows 10 driver version.
By doing so, you can compare the version with the one displayed on the manufacturer's website to determine if the driver is updated. Having the latest driver versions installed on your PC will enhance its performance and efficiency. Make it a duty to always double-check if your drivers are up to date. If the driver malfunctions, the operating system will become incapacitated when it comes to asking the installed devices to do their jobs.