If you’re using the free version of Driver Easy, it will automatically download driver updates for you, but you need to install them manually. In this article, we show you how.
We’re going to assume you’ve downloaded the driver with Driver Easy. To manually install the downloaded driver in Windows 8.1, you can follow these steps:
1) In Driver Easy, click the down triangle button next to Update for the driver you want to update, then select Open File Location.
2) If the file has a “.exe” extension, you can just double-click it, and follow the on-screen prompts. Otherwise, click the address bar to select the full address, then press the CTR+C on your keyboard to copy the address to your clipboard.
3) On your keyboard, press the Win+R (the Windows logo key and the R key) at the same time to invoke the Run box.
4) Type devmgmt.msc in the run box and click the OK button to open Device Manager.
5) In Device Manager, expand the categories and locate the device that you wish to update the driver for.
In this example, we’re looking for Realtek Audio, which is in the “Sound, video and game controllers” category. Note: Your device may be in a different category.
Tip: For some devices, the device name displayed in Driver Easy will be different from what’s shown in Device Manager. If you’re in doubt, click on the device name in Driver Easy. The Driver Information box will pop up, showing the full device name that you should be looking for in Device Manager.
6) In Device Manager, right-click on the device name and click Update Driver Software….
7) Select Browse my computer for driver software.
8) Paste the location address you copied in step 2 into the location field, then click Next.
Windows says “The best drivers for your device are already installed”?
If you get a message saying “The best drivers for your device are already installed”, don’t worry. Sometimes Windows thinks you already have the latest driver when you don’t. This is pretty common – particularly with older devices.
If you get this message, you can still update the driver:
9) On your keyboard, press the Win+R (the Windows logo key and the R key) at the same time to invoke the Run box.
10) Type devmgmt.msc in the run box and click the OK button to open Device Manager.
11) In Device Manager, expand the categories and locate the device that you wish to update the driver for.
12) Right-click on the device name and click Update Driver Software…
13) Select Browse my computer for driver software.
14) Click on Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.
15) Click Have Disk…
16) Paste the address you copied way back at step 2 into the location field, and click OK.
17) Click Next.
18) If you get the following warning, click Yes.
Windows displays this warning because it thinks the driver ID is wrong. Don’t worry, it’s fine. Windows is just a bit behind. (All our drivers come straight from the manufacturer, and they’re all certified safe and secure. Learn more here…)
Pro Tip: Updating the drivers manually takes time and requires computer skills. If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to updating the drivers manually, you can use the Pro version of Driver Easy. With the Pro version, it takes just 2 clicks to update ALL drivers.