Fix driver issues in Windows 10

If you upgraded from an older version of Windows to Windows 10, not all drivers may work equally well. Here we'll show you how to troubleshoot your drivers in Windows 10 by reinstalling or updating them.

Driver issues after an upgrade usually occur on older laptops, as the manufacturer is often responsible for the drivers and component support. If a laptop model becomes obsolete, it is of little use to the manufacturer to continue to support and update the drivers for that model. Also read: How to fix the start menu in Windows 10.

Components in laptops are often not available separately or work slightly differently from the regular version, which means that the drivers on a new operating system may not work properly. This is especially the case with graphics cards.

If a suitable driver cannot be found by Windows 10, a built-in driver from Windows itself is used, sometimes with not very good results.

Update drivers

To start with, you can try updating the driver that is causing problems. To do this you need to go to Device Manager and right-click on the device that is not working properly. click on Update driver to have Windows 10 search for a newer version of the driver.

Windows can't find one? Then you can try to find out the manufacturer of the malfunctioning device and go to their website to find a suitable driver. However, try the next tip first.

Reinstall drivers

Some drivers may not have been installed correctly during the operating system upgrade. In that case, it is a good idea to uninstall the driver in question.

Go to Device Manager and right click on the device that is not working properly. In the context menu, choose the option remove. Restart your computer to automatically reinstall the driver.

Other solutions

If the above solutions don't work and it's the graphics card that's causing the problem, you could try replacing it with a newer model that has Windows 10 drivers. But often for an older laptop this is unfortunately not worth the effort and money.

If you're facing insurmountable problems, you could try reinstalling Windows 10 so that you don't have to deal with an upgraded version, but a clean, fresh install.

If this doesn't work either, it might be better to go back to a previous Windows version in which your drivers still functioned properly.

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