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How to Reinstall Drivers in Windows 10.

How to Reinstall Drivers in Windows 10.

Do you know, the hardware has malfunctioned notification you keep getting when you plug in a device to your computer,, might just be because the Driver for the hardware is corrupt and thus needs to be reinstalled.

In this article, I will not only provide you with the guide to reinstalling a Driver in your Windows 10 computer, I will also explain to you why drivers are important and what can get them corrupted.

Reinstalling a Driver

There are basically two ways to reinstall a driver in Windows 10. These are:

  • Using the Driver Installation File provided by the hardware Manufacturer.
  • Using the built-in plug and play functionality of Windows 10.

Reinstalling the Driver using the Installation File

There are basically two ways to get the installation file of the hardware driver you are seeking to reinstall. These are:

  • Downloading it from the hardware manufacturer website.
  • The driver disc that came along with the hardware package.

Once you have either the downloaded driver installation file or the disc, just double-click on it and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the reinstallation.

Note: The onscreen instructions defer from hardware to hardware.

Reinstalling the Driver using Windows 10 Plug-and-Play Functionality

Step 1: Open the Device Manager in your Windows 10 computer. You can do this by:

  • Expand the Windows System folder in the list of apps in the Start Menu, and then click on the Run app. Alternatively, you can hold down the Windows key and hit the R key on your keyboard.
Opening Windows 10 Run app from the Start Menu list of apps

When the RUN app opens, type in compmgmt.msc into it and then click on the OK button. This will open the Computer Management Utility app.

Opening the Computer Management utility using the RUN app

When the Computer Management utility opens, click on the Device Manager option in the left pane,

Opening Windows 10 Device Manager from the Computer Management utility
  • Right-click on the Start Menu icon on the Taskbar and the click on Device Manager.
Opening Windows 10 Device Manager from the Start Menu right-click menu

Step 2: After the Device Manager opens, expand the Universal Serial Bus Controllers category, then Right-click on the controller entry that correspond to that of the hardware driver you want reinstalled. After which, click on the Uninstall device option. Finally, click on Uninstall in the confirmation box.

Depending on the hardware driver you are uninstalling, you may need to reboot your computer afterwards.

Step 3: In the event that you do not need to reboot your computer for the uninstallation of the driver to take total effect, then right-click on any other category in the Device Manager, and then click on the Scan for hardware changes option.

During the Scan, Windows will detect the hardware, and reinstall it’s driver if the driver is part of Windows existing resource. If the driver is not part of its resource, then you will need the driver installation file from the hardware manufacturer.

Note: If your computer reboot in order to complete the driver uninstallation process, then you do not need to reopen the Device Manager and scan for hardware changes again. On startup Windows will automatically does the scan and install the driver accordingly.

What is Hardware Driver

As you may already know, a computer system is made up of a System Unit popularly known as CPU, a Monitor, Keyboard, and a Mouse. Every other hardware you plug into your computer, is a strange device.

The Hardware Driver is a software that tell the computer what sort of hardware was plugged into it, and how to operate it. Without the driver installed into the computer, you will never be able to use the new hardware with your computer.

What can get Drivers Corrupted?

  • Virus and other malware infestation.
  • Not shutting down your computer properly.
  • Unplugging the hardware while it is still in use.
  • Unscrupulous deleting of Windows 10 system files
  • Making uncensored changes to Windows 10 Registry

These are the most common causes of corrupt drivers. So, make sure to avoid them.

What you should know about Driver Reinstallation.

If the hardware is bad, reinstalling the driver will not fix the issue. To fix the issue, you will need to get another hardware/device or have it repaired if that is possible.

Driver reinstallation will only fix the hardware as malfunction error if it is the driver that is corrupt.

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