Top 5 Ways to Fix Corrupted Drivers in Windows 10

Gone are the days when we manually installed required driver updates from the manufacturer’s website or from third-party sources on Windows machines. Now Microsoft is taking care of trouble and bundling relevant drivers with the Windows update. But even then, you may be left with faulty, damaged, or missing drivers in Windows 10. How to fix the problem.

Corrupted, broken, or missing drivers in Windows open a door full of problems on your computer. The connectivity options such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Windows hotspot and other hardware components such as microphone, webcam, speakers, display, etc. depend on the latest drivers in order to function properly.

1. Update the drivers from the Device Manager menu

In the Device Manager menu, you can see all of the hardware and software components connected to your Windows computer. How to use it to update Windows 10’s corrupt or missing drivers.

Step 1: Press the Windows Key and look for Device Manager.

Step 2: Hit the Enter Key and open the software.

Step 3: Check the driver list, which has a yellow question mark on it. These markings indicate errors with a device.

Step 4: Right click on it and select Update Driver from the context menu.

Update driver

Step 5: Windows will search for this driver online and install the latest version available and compatible with your computer.

2. Reinstall the driver

You can also use this method to repair corrupt or missing drivers in Windows 10. Here you reinstall drivers and download the latest from the manufacturer.

Step 1: Press the Windows Key and look for Device Manager.

Open device manager

Step 2: Hit the Enter Key and open the software.

Step 3: Right click on the damaged device driver and select Properties.

Select properties

Step 4: Go to the Driver tab and check the driver version.

Uninstall driver

Step 5: Select Uninstall Device.

Now go to the OEM website and install the appropriate driver version that you noted during the uninstallation process.

3. Run the troubleshooter from the Control Panel

Microsoft has put a powerful troubleshooting tool in the Control Panel. It can help you fix some of the most common problems on Windows 10.

Windows 10 will automatically download or repair missing, broken, or damaged drivers on the computer by running the troubleshooter for your problem. How to use it.

Step 1: Press the Windows Key and look for Control Panel.

Open the Control Panel in Windows 10

Step 2: Open the Control Panel app.

Step 3: Change the View By option to Large Icons.

Step 4: Choose Troubleshoot.

Open the troubleshooting menu

Step 5: Select View All from the left menu.

Select Show All

Step 6: Identify your problem from the list and run the troubleshooting.

Windows troubleshooting

Windows finds and fixes problems by running the troubleshooter.

4. Run the Windows security scan

If you have a habit of downloading files from verified sources on the Internet, you may have infected your computer with malicious files. Such malware can interfere with the drivers on the system and affect other components on your computer.

Microsoft has a handy Windows security tool that you can use to find and remove such corrupted, damaged and malicious files on Windows computer. How to use it.

Step 1: Press the Windows Key and look for Windows Security.

Step 2: Go to Virus & Threat Protection and do a quick scan.

Run Windows Security Scan

The remaining time depends on the number of files stored on your device. After that, you can update and install the necessary drivers using the first method above.

5. Update the Windows operating system

Before upgrading the Windows 10 operating system to the latest available version, you need to enable some options on the operating system.

1. Change device installation settings

Windows-based computer manufacturers like Dell and Lenovo pack a special app on their laptops and computers to check all possible device details and update required drivers through a single interface.

Instead of going through menus in Windows 10, you can view and manage system information from a single app. These apps are automatically installed with a major Windows 10 operating system update.

To do this, you need to make a small change.

Step 1: Press the Windows Key and look for Device Installation Settings.

Include manufacturer apps with Windows update

Step 2: It asks, “Would you like to automatically download the manufacturer apps and custom icons available for your devices?” Select Yes and click Save Changes at the bottom.

2. Show optional updates

Before downloading the latest Windows 10 update on your computer, you should preview optional updates and include them in the operating system update. Optional updates usually contain the necessary driver updates for your computer.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Windows computer (Use Windows + I keys).

Choose Update Security

Step 2: Update & Security> Windows Update.

Show optional updates

Step 3: On the right side select Show optional updates and include Windows updates as well as relevant driver updates in the process.

Include driver updates

Step 4: Click the Download and Install button below and start the download process.

Troubleshooting Corrupted Drivers in Windows 10

Corrupted or missing Windows drivers mean you are having problems with core Windows components or hardware devices connected to your computer. It ultimately breaks the workflow for you.

We recommend that you check out the optional updates before using any major Windows operating system on your computer. So that you have the latest drivers installed with the Windows software.

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