Driver corruption is one of the common cause of the blue-screen error, audio error and sometimes black screen error. The corrupted, old drivers are incompatible with your operating system and become a trouble maker. So how to find the corrupted drivers and fix them? This post will give you an answer.
What is driver?
Drivers are software components that make devices and the operating system talk to each other. Both system and device are updating to catch up with the changing world, so is drivers. If the operating system changes the way it speaks to devices and drivers haven’t updated, devices can’t receive correct commands and cause problems.
That’s why when your driver is old or corrupted, you need to fix it with the latest driver as soon as possible.
How to find corrupted drivers and fix them?
There are two ways you can find and fix the corrupted drivers: manually and automatically.
Option 1 – Manually – You’ll need some computer skills and patience to fix your drivers this way, because you need to find the device which cause trouble and update its driver step by step.
Option 2 – Automatically (Recommended) – This is the quickest and easiest option. It’s all done with just a couple of mouse clicks – easy even if you’re a computer newbie.
Option 1 – Fix corrupted drivers manually
After two steps you’ll fix the corrupted drivers successfully.
Step 1: Determine which device is not working properly.
You can find the device with corrupted driver easily when you know which one goes wrong, but if you don’t know, the following steps will show you how to find it.
- Press the Windows logo key + X and click Device Manager.
- Expand the folder to find the device with a yellow exclamation. That’s the one in trouble.
Step 2: Fix the corrupted driver
When you located the troublemaker, you can fix its corrupted driver step-by-step:
- Right-click on the device and click Update driver.
- Click Search automatically for updated driver software. Windows will search and download the driver for you, but please note, Windows may not provide you the latest driver.
Note: If you could search and download the latest driver from the manufacture official website, you can click Browse my computer for driver software.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the process.
- Reboot your computer to take effect.
Option 2 – Automatically fix corrupted drivers
If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to find and fix the corrupted driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.
Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to know which driver was corrupted, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.
You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):
- Download and install Driver Easy.
- Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
- Click the Update button next to the driver to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (you can do this with Free version).
Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).
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