Drivers are little pieces of software that tell your computer’s operating system (ie: Windows) how to interact with your computer’s hardware (ie: a wireless networking card). Updates to the drivers that your computer uses are often released and generally aim to improve performance. Keeping your drivers up to date is a great way to keep your computer running in tip-top shape, the only issue is that the process can sometimes be complicated.
Luckily, you can automatically check for the latest Intel drivers right from Intel’s support website, and I’m here to show you how to find and install an update.
- First, we should identify if your computer uses Intel hardware. Intel is the world’s largest semiconductor chip maker, there is a high likelihood that your computer is using some piece of Intel hardware. The easiest way to tell is by looking at the stickers that came on your computer. Look for Intel stickers similar to these:
You can also right click on My Computer and choose properties to see what processor your computer has.
- Once you’ve identified that your computer uses some Intel hardware, go to Intel’s support website.
- On the Top Support Resourcesâ€ banner, find the Automatically detect and update drivers and softwareâ€ link.
- On the next page click the Check your system for the latest updatesâ€ button.
- You will be prompted to allow the Java application to run, press runâ€ to allow Intel to scan your computer for drivers that need updating.
- Next you will see a list of Intel hardware, and if there are new drivers available for download, you’ll find a button that says download nowâ€.
- You may be prompted by your browser to download the file, click acceptâ€ or okâ€ in order to download it. If you are using Chrome or Firefox, you should be able to launch the download from within your browser, if you are using Internet Explorer, you should have selected a location to save the file when prompted to download it. Navigate to the file and launch it.
- Follow the install wizard’s prompts and leave the default options unchanged.
- You may be asked to restart your computer for the changes to take effect (if you have multiple driver updates to install, you can opt to not restart when prompted, and instead install of the updates before doing a restart)
That’s it. You’re drivers are now up to date and your computer should be running at peak performance.