When your PC runs slowly, reinstalling graphics drivers could be your first option to fix the problem. Below, I’ll show you how to reinstall the graphic driver on Windows 10, 7 & 8 step by step. The steps are easy to follow. You can reinstall the driver easily even if you don’t have much computer skills.
Two steps you need to reinstall the graphics driver:
Step 1: Uninstall the graphics driver
Step 2: Install a new graphics driver
To reinstall the driver, you need to uninstall the driver first. You can uninstall the graphics driver via Device Manager. Device Manager is a Control Panel application that allows you to manage devices and drivers in your system. You can uninstall, update or roll back drivers through Device Manager. I’ll lead you through how to uninstall the graphics driver via Device Manager below:
1) On your keyboard, press Win+R (Windows logo key and R key) at the same time to invoke the Run box.
2) Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter to open the Device Manager window.
3) Double click Display adapters to view the devices in the category. Then right click the graphics card name (for example, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640), and select Uninstall device (in some cases, this could be just Uninstall).
4) On the Uninstall confirm dialog box, click the Delete the driver software for this device option, then click Uninstall.
After uninstalling the driver, move on to Step 2 to install the graphics driver again.
There are three methods for you to reinstall the driver. One method is download and install a new driver from the PC manufacturer or the graphics card manufacturer. To download the correct driver from the manufacturers, you need to know the PC model (or the graphics card model), and the operating system version. I don’t recommend using this method unless you know what you’re doing when searching for the right driver. In this post, I’ll introduce other two simpler methods to reinstall the graphics driver:
- Allow Windows to install the graphics driver automatically
- Reinstall the graphics driver with Driver Easy
This method is very simple. After uninstalling the driver, you just need to reboot your computer. Then Windows will install the driver automatically from Windows Update.
This method may not provide the latest driver for you. If you still have slow PC performance after having the graphics driver reinstalled, you can try the next method.
If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to reinstall the driver manually, or if Windows doesn’t provide the latest driver, 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 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):
1) Download and install Driver Easy.
2) Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
3) Click the Update button next to a flagged graphics driver to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (you can do this with the 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).
In the screenshot shown below, take NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 for example. If you’re using Intel graphics driver, or AMD graphics driver, you’ll see the specific Intel or AMD graphics card model in the list.
Hopefully you have reinstalled the graphics driver successfully. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave your comments. I’d love to hear of any ideas or suggestions.