Knowing how to update GPU drivers involves identifying the right software package and employing the correct installation steps. While it’s generally the same method, most dedicated GPUs have different processes.

This guide will drill into the specifics of how to update NVIDIA graphics drivers. You can follow our article on how to update Windows device drivers if you’re looking to update other drivers.

When Should You Update Your NVIDIA Graphics Drivers?

You should ideally update your NVIDIA drivers whenever they are available. You wouldn’t want to miss out on hotfixes for certain GPU problems, new features, and improved general performance.

However, it’s difficult to remember to check for updates, especially if GeForce Experience isn’t installed. The program is crucial because it alerts you whenever NVIDIA releases new GPU drivers.

So, always remember to update your drivers after doing the following:

  • Reinstalling and upgrading Windows
  • Restoring Windows to a previous date
  • Installing new GPU hardware

You should also check for driver updates whenever you notice performance drops and disruptive glitches. 

You may have to roll back your driver in certain cases if the new update does not resolve the problem. Our guide on rolling back NVIDIA drivers will show you the process.

How to Check if Your Driver Is Up to Date

The best way to confirm whether you have the latest NVIDIA drivers is by attempting to update your current driver. You can always run any of the programs we’ll be discussing below to confirm.

However, going through your GPU manufacturer’s website and checking your current driver version is another option. You can check your graphics card’s current version by going through Device Manager. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Start menu, search for Device Manager, and open the program.
  2. Go to the Display adapters section and right-click your NVIDIA graphics card.
  3. Select Properties and go to the Drivers tab.
  4. You should see your driver version and date of release under the driver tab.
Focus on the last five digits of the driver version, as NVIDIA names their drivers differently.

You can go to NVIDIA’s website, select your GPU and Windows version, and search to check the latest driver release. 

You’ll find out more as you continue reading.

How to Update NVIDIA Drivers in Windows 10/11

The process for installing driver updates on both operating systems is similar. You only have to specify your Windows version when downloading the driver from NVIDIA’s website.

Now, let’s cover the different ways you can update your driver.

Downloading the driver manually and using Device Manager

This method involves going to NVIDIA’s website to select the best driver for your device. You have to use this option if you have not yet installed GeForce Experience, NVIDIA’s dedicated GPU software program.

Ensure you select the correct PC specifications when you want to download the NVIDIA driver, particularly your operating system’s architecture (x32 or x86).

Device Manager will also be unable to update your driver if you have not downloaded the software package.

These steps will show you how to download NVIDIA drivers, using my RTX 2060 notebook graphics card as an example:

  • Head to the NVIDIA Driver Downloads webpage and click Driver at the top of the page.
  • Next, select your GPU type, GPU series, specific NVIDIA GPU model, operating system, download type (Game Ready or Studio driver), Windows version and architecture, and language.
Notebook and desktop drivers are typically different. So, ensure you select the option that indicates Notebook if you’re downloading a laptop GPU driver.
  • Click the Search button after selecting your GPU and operating system details.
In some cases, the website will automatically detect your device’s specs and fill out the form. The website recognizes my laptop’s RTX 2060 GPU and Windows 11 operating system. Still, ensure you go through everything one more time to confirm.
NVIDIA driver downloads
  • The latest driver for your device will now appear.
  • Click the Download button.
NVIDIA drivers download button
  • Once the download completes, click it from your browser to run and install it.

Going through Device Manager

You can also open the Device Manager window to find and install the driver you just downloaded. Follow these steps:

  • Press the Win + R combo to open Run.
  • Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter on your keyboard.
  • Expand the Display adapters category immediately after the Device Manager window shows up.
  • Right-click your NVIDIA GPU and select Update driver.
  • Now, choose “Search automatically for drivers” to allow Windows to search your computer for the driver you downloaded and install it.
Search automatically for NVIDIA drivers

The “Browse my computer for drivers option” allows you to pick the specific folder to search.

Since I downloaded the driver to my Downloads folder, I can use the second option and direct Device Manager to the Downloads folder.
  • Once Windows finds and installs the driver, restart your system for the changes to take effect.

How to use GeForce Experience

GeForce Experience serves as your NVIDIA GPU’s auxiliary software. Its primary functions include keeping your drivers updated, tuning your game configurations for peak performance, and optimizing the video card for video rendering and other graphics-related tasks.

GeForce Experience’s exciting features also include livestreaming and capturing and sharing videos and screenshots.

The program automatically detects your GPU’s available updates, so you don’t have to search the Internet manually. If you do not have GeForce Experience, you must go through NVIDIA’s website to download and install a driver for your computer. 

Follow these steps if you have GeForce Experience:

  1. Launch GeForce Experience and click Drivers at the top of the window.
  2. Select Download if the program shows an available update.
  3. Choose between the following:
NVIDIA express installation
  • Express Installation: Allows GeForce Experience to install the driver with the recommended settings. Choose this option if you want to install the driver as is or do not know how to use the custom install method.
  • Custom Installation: Allows you to pick which components and features within the driver package to install. This option comes in handy if you’re sure that specific features, such as the audio driver, may cause conflicts. Still, you should only use the custom method if you know what you are doing.
GeForce game ready driver
  • Allow the program to complete the installation.
  • You should now see a summary of the installation once it’s complete.
NVIDIA installation has finished
  •  Restart Windows.

Also read: The Ultimate Fix for NVIDIA GeForce Experience Error 0x0003

Enable automatic driver downloads

While GeForce Experience will always notify you when driver updates are available, it will not download them by default. But the program can automatically download the drivers after release and you can install them whenever you choose. 

I like to keep the automatic download option turned on so I get to install the driver whenever I get the notification, instead of starting the download process and waiting for it to complete.

Follow these steps:

  • Launch GeForce Experience.
  • Click the Settings icon in the top-right corner.
GeForce Experience settings
  • Next, scroll to the Downloads section at the bottom of the page and check the box for “Automatically download driver updates and let me choose when to install.
NVIDIA shield downloads
  • Restart the application.

Use Auslogics Driver Updater

Auslogics Driver Updater is a third-party application designed to update any Windows device driver, not just your GPU driver. The tool automatically detects and fetches official updates for outdated and corrupted drivers. It can also run scheduled updates and alert you whenever new drivers are released.

I enjoy the backup and restore features the most since they allow me to roll back from problematic updates to previously working drivers.

Here’s how to use it:

Auslogics Driver Updater Scan now
Scan your PC for outdated drivers with the Auslogics Drivers Updater
  • The tool will now begin the scan to search for available updates.
  • You should now see a list of devices whose driver updates are available.
  • Click the Update drivers button to start updating them.
Auslogics Driver Updater Scan now
Update drivers easily with just one click with the Auslogics Driver Updater
Note that if you are not running the full version, you will be limited to installing one driver at a time. The full version allows you to download and install multiple drivers simultaneously.

You can also use the scheduler to set the frequency for update checks. The Back up and Restore tabs allow you to back up working drivers so that you can restore them in the future.

Use OEM software

Most OEMs provide different specialized device drivers for their systems. These updates are often delivered through dedicated programs, such as MSI’s Driver & App Center and Dell’s Update Application, and driver download webpages.

The following screenshot shows the latest available NVIDIA driver for my laptop as at the time of writing.

MSI driver and app center

Visiting an OEM’s website involves entering the computer’s serial number or make and model to find drivers. However, dedicated applications automatically detect PC specifications and help download drivers.

That said, these methods do not guarantee the latest graphics drivers, as PC manufacturers do not always keep up with NVIDIA’s update frequency. 

Extra Tip: Keep Windows and Other Drivers Updated

Knowing how to install NVIDIA drivers is often not enough. You need to keep Windows and other device drivers updated since they work alongside your graphics drivers to deliver a great gaming and overall software experience.

Updating Windows also introduces new operating system features and fixes glitches that may be affecting graphics performance.

While the Windows Update client is set to automatically check for and install updates, you may have to run the program yourself once in a while. It’s easy. Just type updates in the Start menu and click “Check for updates” to start the process.

You can use Auslogics Driver Updater to keep other drivers, such as your audio driver, up to date.

How to Update NVIDIA Drivers: Explained

That’s how to update your NVIDIA graphics drivers. Always remember to check for new drivers when you notice issues with FPS and performance. You should also keep Windows and other drivers updated, as they can also cause performance bumps.

Let us know if the methods above helped you to successfully update your NVIDIA drivers.


NVIDIA drivers help your operating system communicate with your graphics card. It allows Windows to properly instruct the GPU about tasks to process and helps deliver a smooth graphics experience, whether you’re gaming, editing videos, or working on 3D graphics.
Yes. You can easily revert to your previous driver using Device Manager or Auslogics Driver Updater’s Restore option. You can also roll back manually by uninstalling the current one and installing the older version.
The best way to automatically update your NVIDIA graphics card driver is to use Auslogics Driver Updater. The tool finds and installs official NVIDIA drivers and other drivers that help with gameplay and video editing without hassle. It will also alert you whenever new drivers are released. That said, you can also use NVIDIA GeForce Experience and choose the automatic download feature.
Auslogics Driver Updater’s scan function checks your entire device’s drivers and tells which ones are outdated. You can also go to the Driver tab in GeForce Experience. You’ll see the latest driver release if your current software is out of date.